In case you missed it (and there's a good chance you did), I was on FOX Business News late Friday afternoon. I found out that I would be on FOX's Happy Hour show earlier that same day, while I was out of the office at a day-long meeting, so I didn't have much time to prepare.
Anyway, without any further ado, here's the clip (just be sure to keep reading - - I have a couple things to share after you watch):
Even though this is my fourth appearance on FOX Business News in only 10 months (second time in the past two weeks), I'm still not used to the brevity of these interviews. I never feel like I get to fully explain what I want to say.
I wish we'd had just a few extra seconds so I could've talked a little bit more about the SBA. One of the main problems with SBA lending right now is that it (lenders and the SBA approving their loans) generally can't lend to unprofitable businesses. There are businesses out there that are otherwise healthy; they just haven't put up great numbers over the last year or so, during the “Great Recession.” We need to relax some of the restrictions on SBA lending so that more businesses can get access to the credit they need to push through to better times.
Be sure to check back here in a day or so, because I'm going to post more thoughts on the SBA, as well as my comments on President Obama's State of the Union Address from last week. I would have put that up here last Friday, but FOX Business News took precedence.
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