In terms of our [current] lending pipeline, what we're seeing now in lending demand is 60% of what we'd expect in a normal lending environment. That's up from loan levels of less than 50%, which the bank logged in December of last year. But it's hardly back to normal.
- John Asbury, executive vice president of business services at Regions Financial.
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Back [in January] the (small business lending) market was pretty much considered nonexistent. Jump ahead to July ... it looks to us that while the market isn't 100% back, it's in very good shape.
- Jim Hammersley, director of the SBA's loan programs.
The secondary market is back... The recovery is more from the fact that [government programs] are out there and have a PR effect, rather than any substantive effect.
- Chris Laporte, chairman of Coastal Financial Holdings.