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Kansas City-area bankers making loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration expect the slowing economy to boost demand for their money, especially from executives who want to start or buy companies after having lost their jobs.
Interest in SBA loans already has started rebounding from the depressed levels of earlier this year, bankers said.
Kathy Hunter, a vice president with Commerce Bank who runs that bank's SBA program in Kansas City, said she has reviewed twice as many loan applications in the past two months as she had in the same time last year. Most businesses are service-related, Hunter said. She also has seen a few inquiries from …