Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Even More Positive Merchant Cash Advance News - Survey Indicates That Consumers Plan To Increase Their Restaurant Spending

Restaurants are probably the most common industry that utilize the merchant cash advance product. The amount of working capital a business can receive with a merchant cash advance is based on their sales levels of credit card / debit card sales. Since late 2008 and most of 2009, restaurants have been for the most part hard hit by the economy as consumers were eating out less at restaurants.

However, Nation's Restaurant News, a leading news provider for the foodservice industry, is reporting today that Atlanta-based RBC Capital Markets' September restaurant spending survey, indicated that consumers plan on spending 14% more in restaurants compared to September 2008.

This can only help the merchant cash advance industry as it will not only help build restaurant owner's business confidence, but will also increase the amount of working capital they will qualify for in a few months if there credit card sales increase due to an increase in consumer spending at restaurants.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Merchant Cash Advance Demand - More Positive News - Small Business Confidence Rises To Highest Level In 18 Months

As I've pointed out previously, in order for the merchant cash advance industry and/or traditional business loan products to see an increase in sales, there has to be business owner demand for the product.

What drives demand? One key factor is a business owner's willingness to take on additional debt or obligation. What drives this willingness? Economic Confidence - they have to be confident they can pay it back, they have to be confident they can do something productive with the money, they have to be confident it makes sense to open a new business, market/advertise, renovate, etc. In most cases, be on "offense" rather than "defense."

The good news is according to the latest Discover® Small Business WatchSM, economic confidence among small business owners jumped to the highest level in in 18 months in August as more owners expressed faith that the U.S. economy is on the rise and gave signs that they are more willing to invest in advertising and new inventory. While we aren't out of the forest yet, this is all good news and what I predict will be a large demand for retailers to stockup with inventory for the holiday season. If a retailer isn't properly stocked for the holiday season with inventory to sell, they may as well close their doors....