Melissa Wylie


Melissa Wylie is a Senior Small Business Writer covering small business financing for and LendingTree-owned domains MagnifyMoney and ValuePenguin. In her role, Melissa explores all aspects of business ownership, from the start to the sale to all the hurdles in between.

She writes articles about breaking into specific industries, such as brewing and dog walking. Melissa also dives into various business financing options, helping entrepreneurs learn where to find funding and how to apply.



Prior to LendingTree, Melissa covered business news for and the Dallas Business Journal, publications in the American City Business Journals network. She reported on industry trends in the retail, restaurant and financial technology industries, among others.

Melissa has also followed topics that affect business owners, including workplace culture, financing practices and policy changes. Fit Small Business, an online resource for business owners, named Melissa a top financial influencer of 2018.



Melissa graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, studying social sciences and English as a double minor. During her time at UNT, Melissa was the editor-in-chief of the North Texas Daily, the university’s independent student-run newspaper.

Articles by Melissa Wylie

EIDL vs. PPP Loans vs. Grants: Which One Is Right for Your Small Business?

Federal loan and grant programs remain open to small businesses still feeling the impact of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the... read more

The 5 Best Equipment Financing Companies to Work With

Many companies need capital to buy or lease equipment, but they often can’t qualify for financing with traditional banks. Some business owners are turning to... read more

Average Business Loan Interest Rates: What to Expect in 2021

Average business loan rates depend on a number of factors, such as business loan type, the individual lender and your personal qualifications as a borrower.... read more

7 Best Small Business Loans in 2021

The best small business loans can give business owners timely access to funds needed to make business purchases, pay employees, expand operations and more. Small... read more

Business Debt Consolidation: How Does It Work?

Business debt consolidation can bring all of your business loan debt under one roof. This simplifies the repayment process and potentially lowers your interest rate,... read more

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