Small Business Finance Institute, Inc. (SBFI) offers resources to commercial lenders to meet the challenges of client financing, industry changes and career advancement. In today’s changing economic conditions, evolving financial sector and competitive business, meeting our own standards will require extraordinary effort.
SBFI publishes “AdviceOnLoan,” a free online newsletter for commercial lenders and other parties in the capital market focused on delivering funding to small business owners. How would you like to write for us?
Through AdviceOnLoan, we offer an open forum for interested professionals to speak and be heard by thousands of commercial lenders who receive our publication, as you share with them your ideas and perspective of business lending. By writing for us, you’ll get access to a stable, interested readership that effectively delivers your information from a reliable source.
Let us know if you’re interested. Read our guest contributor guidelines below or download them here.
Our primary communication channel is through these pages. It’s here that SBFI contributors can provide context, commentary and tutorials around the various issues faced by commercial lenders, the greater financial industry and economy around us.
SBFI contributors will range from experienced commercial lenders, to small business advisors, to business thought leaders. Each of them can offer a unique perspective on the financing sector along their ideas and reactions, with the aim to illuminate more information and provoke alternative consideration.
We publish various financial and business news content that may be original or developed from information discovered in other general media articles and sources.
Work must meet specific criteria:
1. Articles need to say something. If it’s not something new, at least don’t make the same argument for the 5th time. Accentuate the topic from your perspective as a person connected in some form to the commercial lending sector.
2. The articles cannot be advertorials. Nothing turns off interested readers faster than an article written by you about you. If you’ve really got something to say, readers will notice you. If you take on issues in your particular silo of lending, you better really be the expert. If you decide to critique someone’s else’s lending, that fine – but be prepared to defend your convictions.
3. While a limited amount of the original information source may be copied verbatim from another published source, a minimum of 75% of contributed articles must be original work. Any content used directly from another source must be attributed to that source, with credit provided by a mention of the publication and writer, and a hyperlink to the original article source embedded in the article. Author’s previously published works are not allowed.
4. These articles should be minimum 250, maximum 500 words in length. Longer articles should be cleared with publisher. Occasionally, additional research may be required on subject to provide more details in your article, such as a company website, trade association or LinkedIn profile of subject, etc. Hyperlinks to these other sources are encouraged.
5. Articles should be prepared in an MS WORD document and forwarded to Articles@SBFI.org.
6. Articles get more attention when published with an image, preferably one selected by the writer to ensure continuity. If sourcing an image through Google search, it’s important to view the image to determine its source. The source of the image must be identified to avoid a copyright infringement and assure that attribution is provided.
7. Images should be submitted via email in form of a photograph or graphic file (.jpeg required) of the subject, person or company, that is titled with personal name and/or company name (first-last-company name) or specific subject. Include personal name and company name when possible (i.e. John Doe, Wells Fargo). Image titles should just appear as individual word without hyphens or punctuation, unless using a comma to separate personal name from company.
8. Title of article is generally limited to 50 characters.
9. All contribute articles will be reviewed for conforming grammatical style, accuracy to the extent possible, and appropriateness. Contributors should avoid personal references to other parties, negative or inflammatory topics or comments, and derogatory or profane language.
10. All articles will be published with the comment window open. Contributors are welcome to answer any critique you get directly through these commentary spaces.
11. All publications should be exclusive to SBFI for at least 30 days, without prior publication. Contributors acknowledge that their submissions imply that SBFI are granted the full publication rights without compensation to the contributor, and also any further use of work at the discretion of SBFI.
12. Contributors may offer a 100 word (2-3 line) bio at the end of each article, naming their business or employer with a hyperlink. Regular contributors (minimum two articles/month) may be featured with a dedicate biographical page to be published with additional information about the person or business.
13. Whether and when to use contributed articles shall be the sole decision of the publisher.
Submit: E-mail to Articles@SBFI.org.