Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week:

Small Business Optimism Remains Low, Inflation Concerns Highest Since 1980: Small business sentiment did not improve in April, with inflation continuing to be a major problem. Indeed, 32% of small business owners reported it’s their single most important problem in operating their business.

Why Commercial Lenders May Be At Risk Of Losing Small-Business Borrowers: Nonprofit loan funds like Accompany Capital enable minority-owned businesses to thrive. The recent program expansion will allow them to give out more loans but will it be enough?

Study: Immigrants in the U.S. are more likely to start firms, create jobs: Compared to native-born citizens, immigrants are more frequently involved in founding companies at all scales.

How Burnout And Inflation Continue To Impact Small Business Owners: Small business owners’ optimism about the economy fell in March, according to a new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business.