On Obama's agenda today: Talk to bankers about small-business loans

12/13/2009 | CNN

Andy Shallal generates more than $14 million a year in revenue from his chain of Washington, D.C., bookstore cafes, Busboys and Poets, but his success has not been enough to help him secure a bank loan so that he can expand beyond two locations and add 40 workers. Small-business owners across the country share Shallal's complaint that banks are holding back on the loans that small businesses need to create jobs. President Barack Obama will take up the issue today when he meets with leading bankers.

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