As years of low interest rates start to wind down, don't expect Main Street to accelerate borrowing overnight.
There can often be a disconnect between the Fed and smaller businesses, which are driven by other variables including cash flow, business opportunities and loan availability and terms. If you're a growing business, you've likely already signed onto loans. For the rest of the smaller guys, however, it's likely borrowing will ramp up gradually to stay ahead of higher lending rates. And if anything can trigger more borrowing for small companies, it's a more upbeat mood about business prospects.
"Business credit is so different than consumer credit. It's driven far less by rates and far more by availability in terms of both loans and market opportunities," said Jeff Stibel, vice chairman of business researcher Dun & Bradstreet. "Rates are almost irrelevant."
The Federal Reserve, as widely expected, approved a quarter-point increase in its target funds rate on Wednesday. It was the first rate increase in nearly a decade.