Alternative lenders can provide funding for small businesses when bank loans aren't an option, but the U.S. Small Business Administration probably shouldn't partner with them, writes Ami Kassar, founder of MultiFunding. The problem is that the taxpayer funds that back the SBA's mission would be put at risk if the agency opted to work with alternative lenders. "Because the SBA is dealing with taxpayer money, the rules and regulations set in place are for the benefit of the entire economy and all tax-paying citizens," Kassar notes.

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