Gerri Detweiler

Gerri Detweiler

Gerri Detweiler is a credit and small business expert with more than two decades of experience writing about credit, small business and finance. In addition to The Balance SMB, her stories have appeared on Yahoo,, Business Insider, and numerous other sites. She has been interviewed in more than 3,500 news stories, and answered over 10,000 credit questions online. Gerri is education director for Nav, which matches business owners to their best financing options and provides provides simple tools to build strong business credit.

Gerri has been writing for The Balance SMB since 2019. She covers small business credit and financing strategies for entrepreneurs. 


In addition to her work for The Balance SMB, Gerri writes for the Nav blog, and numerous small-business publications such as, Landscape Business, and Home Business magazine. Her articles have been widely syndicated on websites including MSN and Forbes. She is the author or co-author of five books, including "Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track."

Gerri is frequently a guest on podcasts and is often interviewed by the news media for stories on credit, entrepreneurship and financial topics. She has advocated for laws supporting transparency in financing and testified before Congress on consumer credit legislation. 


Gerri holds a bachelor’s degree in international business/political affairs from Taylor University. She earned her master’s degree in adult education/psychology from Vermont College at Norwich University.

About The Balance Small Business and Dotdash

The Balance Small Business makes launching and managing your own business easy. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on entrepreneurship and management. Whether you’re just starting up or you want to take your company to the next level, The Balance Small Business will answer your questions and turn your business dreams into reality.

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