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

How to Start a Brewery

The explosion of craft breweries across the country might have you daydreaming of leaving the cubicle life to brew beer for a living. But there’s... read more

Opening a Salon in 7 Steps

Opening a salon requires more than having a background as a stylist and a roster of loyal clients. You need a location in a high-traffic... read more

Heavy Equipment Financing: What to Know and Where to Find Loans

If you don’t want to buy a large piece of machinery outright, consider heavy equipment financing instead. Heavy equipment loans or leases allow business owners... read more

Small Business Loans for Women

Securing business financing can be an uphill climb for many small business owners, and business loans for women can be even more elusive. Even though... read more

How to Start a Business: 9 Steps and a Checklist

To start a business, you’ll need more than a good idea. Starting your own business requires extensive market and competitor research to make sure your... read more

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