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Get Your Business Online

For small businesses, having a website is an essential tool for marketing. However, many local small businesses do not have a website and are invisible to anyone searching for their product or service online. There are many advantages to having an online presence, and below are just a few reasons why any small business should invest in being online.


The web is where we go to find things …

97% of internet users look for local goods and services online.
Source: BIA/Kelsey, User View Wave VII, March 2010


We’re looking for businesses nearby …

One in five searches is local, which means
someone is looking for a product or service nearby!
Source: Google user data, April 2010


We look for things when we’re on the go…

Three out of four smartphone users have contacted a
business they found on their phone.
Source: Google/Ipsos, “The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Users,” April 2011


Many businesses in New York can’t be found online …

53% of New York businesses
do not have a website.
Source: Google/IPSOS, Survey of businesses with less than 250 employees, October 2013


Businesses that can be found online are growing faster …

Over the next three years, businesses that make use of the web expect to grow 40% faster than those that don’t.
Source: BCG Report, “The Connected World: The $4.2 Trillion Opportunity,” March 2012

Images and Statistics courtesy of Google’s Get Your Business Online website

SNIEDC Designated as a Native American CDFI


The Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company (SNIEDC) is pleased to announce that the organization has received official certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

A certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is a specialized financial institution that works in market niches that are underserved by traditional financial institutions. CDFIs provide a unique range of financial products and services in economically distressed target markets, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

SNIEDC Executive Director, Lucille Brooks said, “With this certification, SNIEDC will be eligible for new sources of funding to expand our existing loan programs and offer business development services for our customers.”

Lucille Brooks has worked diligently over the past year with SNIEDC’s attorney Kim Thomas and SNIEDC’s Executive Committee, comprised of Chairperson Lucille White, Vice-Chair Jeanne Berlin, and Treasurer/Secretary William Krysick, to develop the CDFI application. Lucille White stated, “Becoming CDFI certified has been a major goal for SNIEDC and its one step in our long term growth strategy for SNIEDC.”

SNIEDC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1993 by the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Council. SNIEDC’s mission is to foster local economic growth through programs such as the Small Business Loan Program. Since inception SNIEDC has closed on 70 loans totaling more than $5 million in financial assistance to Seneca entrepreneurs.

SNIEDC becomes a Credit Builders Alliance (CBA) Reporter


What is CBA Reporter?

CBA Reporter is a service that enables nonprofit lenders to report small business, micro, and consumer loan data to two of the three major credit Bureaus:  Transunion and Experian.

CBA reporter was created by and for our nonprofit members in response to a serious gap in the modern credit reporting system that locked millions of individuals with poor or no credit out of the mainstream financial system without opportunities to build credit. Our philosophy is that good credit is essential to achieving and maintaining financial stability. We believe that mission driven nonprofits are uniquely positioned to help these struggling families build credit as an asset.

CBA, through its hands-on customer service and award winning reporting platform, serves as a unique and vital link between our members and the credit Bureaus, advancing their joint responsibility and commitment to report consumer data accurately and appropriately.

Why Report?

#1: It’s Good for Borrowers!

Reporting Creates Credit History and Can Improve Scores:

  • Six to twelve months of on-time payments reported can move an individual from un-score-able to a prime score.
  • Six to twelve months of on-time payments on a loan as small $100 can increase a low score by 15 to 100 points

Good Credit Scores Can Create Savings Opportunities:

  • Lower interest rates and fees on credit products such as car loans, credit cards, and mortgages! (some estimates total the savings up to $250,000 over a working life!)
  •  Lower cost of car and home insurance
  • Reduced or eliminated advance deposit requirements for utilities, rent and cell phones

Good Credit Scores Can Improve Lives through Access to:

  • Responsible, mainstream credit products and bank accounts
  • Quality rental housing
  • Employment

#2: It’s Good for Lenders!

Better Borrower Behavior

  • More On-Time Payments: Borrowers who know their repayment activity is reported understand the broader implications of their relationship with the lender and directly feel the positive impact of improved credit as doors to other opportunities begin to open
  • Less Over-Borrowing: Lenders who report data help prevent over-borrowing by contributing to a complete picture of their borrowers’ financial relationships.

Stronger Loan Portfolios

  • Fewer Delinquencies: CBA members who report their loan data regularly see an increase in on-time payments and fewer delinquencies in their portfolios.  Some have noted improvement as quickly as the day notices go out to borrowers that reporting is about to begin.
  • More Capital: Stronger portfolio performance can help lenders raise new capital and strengthen their loan program for the long term.
  • More Options: Nonprofit lending staff that learn to navigate the credit reporting system have both carrots and sticks available to create customized, flexible payment solutions  to meet the unique  needs of their clients:
    • Carrot: Lenders have the ability to restructure payments and create work-arounds for borrowers who need a little extra time or help, while still building positive credit
    • Stick:  Consequences of delinquent payments encourage borrowers to engage with lenders – asking for help or flexibility when special circumstances arise.

Higher Standing with Key Stakeholders

  • Banking and Mainstream Finance Partners:  Banks, credit unions and other financing institutions seek out clients with strong credit histories and scores.  Nonprofits that report loan repayment data have more and better opportunities to open doors for their clients through local partnerships and graduation strategies into mainstream financing promoting long term financial self-sufficiency.
  • Funders looking for strong program investments: CBA members who report loan data have consistently indicated in surveys that building credit through reporting has created new opportunities for funding or securing new capital and is regarded as a hallmark of a sustainable program that is in business for the long term.
  • Community Leaders who want to measure impact:  Loan data that is reported to the credit Bureaus produces a tangible, quantifiable result in a standardized format on a credit report.  Quantitative third party data tracking changes in credit history and scores over time is a clear, powerful and easy to communicate indicator of a lending program’s impact in a community.