More business development companies, or BDCs, have arrived in the dealmaking space, and with even more expected to form, competition between lenders for deals is likely to remain heated. In 2010, there were 24 BDCs. Now, there are more than 50, says Brett Palmer, president of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), a group of private equity funds, BDCs and other organizations.

SBIA members provide capital to small and medium-sized businesses.

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