Many of the community banks and small businesses that President Obama's lending program is meant to help, say they don't want it.
Fed Chairman Ben Berkanke urged lenders and Congress to take steps towards easing credit to small businesses. Here are some of the obstacles lenders face.
Community bankers say they have plenty of money now, and there isn't the demand for loans. TARP is an unpopular program that some in Congress would like to kill.
A new website, Move Your Money, offers advice on moving accounts from huge banks to local ones.
Supporters and critics agree that it greatly empowers consumers and changes the credit-card industry.
Unlike banks on Wall Street, these smaller banks didn’t invest in risky mortgage-backed securities or complex derivatives.
Customers tired of the impersonal feel of larger banks may find a better relationship from small rivals.