Study Finds Rate Hikes Will Cost Small Businesses in 2010

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 06-04-2010
Cost-conscious businesses are feeling the credit crunch on all levels, but particularly in regard to credit card rates, which remain higher for businesses than consumers. BillShrink surveyed more than 300 small businesses, finding many business card issuers have raised rates upward of 15 percent and some cardholders saw rates increase 27 percent in the last three months.

The survey found more than a quarter of all small businesses carry an average balance of $14,572, and smaller businesses (those with under $600,000 in monthly revenue) are more than twice as likely to carry a balance versus paying it off in full each month. Peter Pham, CEO of BillShrink, said part of the problem is that cash-strapped businesses are charging more on their credit cards as business lending continues to decrease.