As the White House convened a jobs summit Thursday to look for ways to spur job creation in the small-business sector, the issue of increased lending to small firms continues to be debated. Although many small businesses complain they have been turned down for loans and bankers say they have money for creditworthy enterprises, NFIB maintains that lending is not the main problem. "Too many [business] owners have no reason to borrow," said an NFIB report last month. "The biggest problem was a dearth of customers."

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