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Chase To Increase Small Business Lending by $4 billion in 2010


Will hire 325 additional bankers to help business owners Demonstrates Chase’s support for small business, overall U.S. economy

NEW YORK, Chase announced today that it plans to increase its lending to small businesses by up to $4 billion in 2010, boosting expected new lending to about $10 billion to this vital segment of the U.S. economy.

This will provide businesses with increased access to working capital, term loans for expansion, commercial mortgages, lines of credit, and business credit cards. While the $4 billion in additional credit will be available to qualified businesses with annual sales of less than $20 million, the majority of new loans will be targeted to companies with sales of less than $10 million.

Chase has $29 billion in outstanding balances in loans, lines and credit card balances to businesses with annual sales of less than $20 million. Small businesses are typically served by specially trained business bankers, and generally will receive a credit decision within a week of application.

Chase also will hire 325 additional small business bankers - most of them working from Chase bank branches to help reach small businesses with annual sales of less than $10 million. That adds 17% more bankers to the 1,900 bankers who currently support the less than $10 million segment.

“We will provide more credit - and more one-on-one advice -- to small businesses at this crucial time because they are so important to the U.S. economy,” said Charlie Scharf, head of Retail Financial Services at Chase, part of JPMorgan Chase & Co. "We urge small businesses owners to use the additional capital to expand and create jobs, and spur economic growth.

“We will continue to follow disciplined underwriting standards to confirm the businesses can afford the financing over the long term, he said. ”Obviously, our new loan volume will depend on demand from qualified businesses"

In addition, Chase will:

* Allow customers to request a second loan review to ensure the bank has examined all possible ways to provide the credit. Small business owners can call (888) 788-3082 to speak directly to a Chase credit expert to learn why a loan was declined, whether additional information would be helpful, and what the customer might do to get the credit eventually.
* Roll out an expanded line of credit cards called Ink from Chase with features and benefits to help business owners manage their everyday cash-flow needs.
* Host webinars and Credit Town Halls throughout 2010 to help small businesses learn more about the credit process.


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