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

  • How to use a business credit line properly?
  • How do you get a start up business loan?
  • How does business credit work?
  • What are SBA loans?
  • How to buy an existing business?
  • and more…
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Who is Paul?

My name is Paul Long and I am a 21 year business banking expert who loves working with 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, real estate, 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 Senior Vice President of Business Banking and SBA Lending.

I am available and at your service and via whatever channel you prefer to use the most.

If you’re a phone person, here’s my number: 253.671.3037.
If you’re a text person, send a message to my cell: 253.300.5414.
If you’re an email person, here’s my address:
If you’re a face-to-face person, here’s my office: 7805 S Hosmer St |  Tacoma, WA 98408

If you’re a LinkedIn person, here’s my page:
If you’re a Facebook person, here’s my page:
If you’re a Twitter person, here’s my username: smbizbanker

10 reasons why you should choose Paul to help your business.
  1. I owned a small business previously, so I understand business challenges.

  2. Are you a Real Estate Investor? Me too, I understand the ups and downs.

  3. I personally have over 21 years of business lending experience- Let’s get creative!

  4. I am backed by a local community bank that has been in business for over 100 years with local decision making.

  5. I don’t have sales goals, so I put your needs first.

  6. I am a straight shooter, I will tell you exactly what you need to know or what you need to do to qualify.

  7. I don’t have a single loan product, I have many options for you to choose from.

  8. I am not a 9-5 banker, I am available for you when needed.

  9. If I can’t help you, I have many connections who may be able to help.

  10. I am an educator, I do this by one-on-one conversations, group settings or through this website.


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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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