Small Business California issued a press release yesterday urging Dr. Winslow Sargeant the United States Small Business Association Chief of Advocacy to do a report on what Banks are doing with small businesses. Based on your responses there is a major problem with banks reducing and in some cases eliminating lines of credit, calling in loans, reducing credit card limits and increasing credit card interest.
There is a precedent for this in that Jere Glover while head of Advocacy under the Clinton Administration put forth a report which illustrated many of the problems at that time. This report is important because we have to have something that goes beyond anecdotal evidence.
Please see below link to press release.
I have been invited to attend a conference on Tuesday and Wednesday that the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders is putting on in Anaheim. It is expected there will be over 600 in attendance.
On November 27th 1998 I was watching Chris Mathews Hardball. Chris had as his guest John Kasich who had written a book called Courage is Contagious. The book tells about 15 people who had done extraordinary things in their community.
One of the guests was Dr Jack McConnell who founded Volunteers In Medicine in Hilton Head. He told about an amazing free clinic he had established there taking volunteer retired Doctors, Nurses, Dentist and lay Volunteers who provided health services to the working uninsured. He also mentioned that they took no government money.
It was then my dream began to establish a Volunteer in Medicine program in SF.
On November 9 the Volunteer in Medicine Clinic called Clinic by the Bay will have its grand opening. Senator Dianne Feinstein we think will be attending as will Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
That evening Small Business California and Board members Stephen Cornell, Mark Klaiman and I will be hosting a fund raiser for the Clinic from 6 to 7:30 The cost is $1000 for host, $500 for co-host, $250 for sponsors and $100 for individuals.
For those of you in the SF area I hope you can attend. For those of you outside the area I hope you will consider making contribution. I will match any contribution you make. Please make checks payable to Clinic by the Bay and mail to me at address below or contribute on line by going to http://www.clinicbythebay.org/. If you contribute on line please let me know amount so I can match.
“May we have eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded,
Open arms and hearts to reach out and include them,
Healing hands to touch their lives with love,
And in the process heal ourselves”
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116