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As more aspects of people’s lives move online, they expect speed and ease of use in business, too. That’s why some community banks are turning to fintech platforms to facilitate the loan application and decision-making process for small-business loans.

Can small-dollar business loans make a comeback?

Ann Marie Mehlum has been involved in small-business lending her entire career, and after a six-month hiatus, she’s back at it. After serving nearly three years as an associate administrator at the Small Business Administration and a decade before that as a community bank CEO, Mehlum said she was enjoying what she described as “a little break” from the workaday grind.

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