Among the top stories in the headlines for 2011 has been the realization/appreciation for the small business owner and what they do to help support our economy.  In an effort to support small business there has been a rise in lending to growing companies. As the credit crunch tightened lending options for small businesses, more small banks and non-banking institutions stepped in to assist. One of the fastest growing and easiest to work with financiers is the accounts receivable factoring lender.