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The U.S. Small Business Administration says small businesses are thriving

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It took longer for Memphis to recover from the Great Recession than most cities, but now small businesses are starting to thrive.

Federal officials are stepping in to keep up the momentum with the Main Street Road Tour.

Theyre helping aspiring business owners get on their feet.

The US Small Business Administration said one way its boosting businesses in economically depressed areas is by making it easier for people applying for loans to get them.

Business owners told WREG thats always challenge.

When Alfred Washington started his security company more than 17 years ago, getting a loan wasnt easy.

The Small Business Administration said having smaller loans is key to helping business owners like Washington.

While touring Beale Street Administrator of the US Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet said the goal is to help businesses start up in a day.