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Approved! An Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Bank Loan Approved.

Approved! An Insider’s Guide to Getting Your Bank Loan Approved is designed to help business owners maximize the probability of getting a bank loan approved. Bank loans are among the absolute best and cheapest ways to finance a business, but the application process can be challenging. Approved! Is designed to help entrepreneurs understand how to master the process of getting a bank loan approved and how to build a strong relationship with their banking team.

This book will help you more fully understand how a bank thinks about you and your business as a credit risk and a loan customer. In other words, you will get to see how they view YOU from their side of the table. If you can understand their point of view, and what challenges and issues they face, you can address those issues to make sure you’re meeting their needs - as well as yours. That’s how you become an excellent client! And that’s how you get all the funding you need to keep your business well-funded and growing.

The characters in the book are modeled around real-life small business owners and advisors. The scenarios, stresses, questions and concerns detailed in the book are real and will teach you valuable lessons, stimulate critical thought and make you a better business owner.

We hope that you find Approved! to be a valuable resource as you grow your successful businesss.
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Since 2017 Alan R. Stewart has served as Chief Financial Officer of ShotSpotter, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based public SaaS software company. From May 2015 to February 2017, Mr. Stewart was a Managing Director of RA Capital Advisors, LLC, a private investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private financings and restructurings. He has also served in business development for a commercial bank focused on loans to middle market commercial clients.

From 2004 to 2014, he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Development Officer of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. Since 2008, Mr. Stewart has served as President of FIT Advisors, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that has offered temporary CFO services and served clients from start-up ventures to large private companies.

Mr. Stewart was selected as San Diego Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in 2007 and again in 2013. Both awards were in the large private business category. Mr. Stewart was selected as BNY Mellon’s 2017 Advisor of the Year in San Diego in the category of “Deal Facilitator Greater than $25M.”

Prior to his business career, Mr. Stewart served over ten years as a submarine nuclear engineer in the United States Navy. He received his B.S. in Oceanography, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.