Serving South Puget Sound - Washington

Helping business owners Start, Acquire, Grow or Expand your business.


Check out the many articles and tips that can help your small business. Learn marketing tips, financial resources, information about business partner conflicts, home based business topics and so much more.

Articles by Paul Long
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Small Business Tips

Video Education Library

The video education library can help you navigate some of the most frequently asked questions I get as a business lender.

  • What is a Business Line of Credit and how to use it properly

  • How to start a business from scratch

  • How business Credit works

  • What are SBA loans

  • How to get a start up loan

  • How to buy a business

  • So much more

Click here for the Video Library

South Sound Small Business Summit

Thank you all for attending the 2018 Summit!

2018 Virtual Summit Registration is now OPEN

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Start up Business Resources

Starting a business can be hard. Check out these useful resources and guide to help you with the process.

The Start up Business Tool Kit

Who is Paul?

My name is Paul Long and I am a 19 year business banking veteran who loves working with small businesses under $10 Million in annual sales. I am passionate about business owners understanding the ever changing banking industry. Whether it is determining what loan product your business should use or what tool would make your banking easier this site will help you determine that.

Small Business loans can be complicated if you don’t have someone guiding you through the process.  Loans like SBA Loans, loans for start ups, business acquisitions or lines of credit can all be confusing and can get you in trouble if not used correctly.

This site is not intended to sell you anything, only assist you in making some of the largest decisions for your business.

I have a Business Finance and Economics degree from Eastern Washington University, as well as graduated from numerous specialized banking and financial programs. I work for a successful small community bank as Vice President of Business Banking and SBA Lending.

You can learn more about my story on my contact me page


Paul has solid analytical skills along with complex problem solving skills. Paul has been able to get deals done where others could not.

–Commercial Real Estate Agent

Paul was the only banker that would spend the time with me early in the stages of my company to map out a path to attain financing.

–Plumbing Service Company

Paul is quite obviously an expert in the realm of real estate financing, and he skillfully and professionally guided us to a timely, satisfying conclusion.

–Pierce County Law Firm

In the big picture, my business loan was not very large but I was made to feel that I was as important as a major account.

-Paint and Sip Business

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