SBA loans require “adequate” collateral for security on all loans, plus a personal guarantee from every owner of 20% or more of the business. A personal guarantee puts your credit score and your personal assets on the hook.
Lenders provide the funds that make up an SBA loan, but the agency guarantees a portion of the amount, up to a $3.75 million guarantee. That means if you default on the loan, the SBA pays out the guaranteed amount. This guarantee lets lenders offer longer terms for repayment than they otherwise could, which means your monthly payments will be lower.
A small business loan is money borrowed to start, grow, or keep a small business afloat. Additionally, there are a few different small business loan types. Some of them are secured, meaning that you used some type of asset as collateral against the loan; and others are unsecured, meaning they’re not attached to an asset but are granted based on your credit.
The short answer is the score is calculated by looking at personal and business credit history, as well as other business financial information, like: age of the business, number of employees, financial data, such as revenue and assets. It truly is a global view of a business’s overall financial health!
• Special Purpose Loans Program This category includes help to businesses for a range of reasons, from negative impacts from the North American Free Trade Agreement to helping implement pollution controls to providing assistance to Employee Stock Ownership Plans.
Before applying for an SBA Disaster Loan, verify that the disaster impacting your business qualifies for SBA Disaster loan support by checking the SBA’s disaster database. If believe you’ll qualify, apply for an SBA disaster assistance loan online at the SBA’s website.
A crowdfunding site like Kickstarter.com can be a fun and effective way to raise money for a relatively low cost, creative project. You’ll set a goal for how money you’d like to raise over a period of time, say, $1,500 over 40 days. Your friends, family, and strangers then use the site to pledge money. Kickstarter has funded roughly 1,000 projects, from rock albums to documentary films since its launch last year. But keep in mind, this isn’t about long-term funding. Rather, it’s supposed to facilitate the asking for and giving of support for single, one-off ideas. Usually, project-creators offer incentives for pledging, such as if you give a writer $15, you’ll get a book in return. There’s no long-term return on investment for supporters and not even the ability to write off donations for tax purposes. Still, that hasn’t stopped close to 100,000 people from pledging to Kickstarter projects.
Since your business has steady revenue and has been operating for more than a year, consider OnDeck and Kabbage. If your personal credit score is at least 500, OnDeck offers term loans up to $500,000, which is an attractive option for large expansion projects or buying expensive equipment. If you’re looking for short-term financing or need a smaller amount, consider Kabbage, which does not require a minimum credit score. Kabbage offers only six- or 12-month financing of up to $250,000 at high borrowing costs.
Amanda, typically a 1099 sent by SBA debt is for debt forgiveness and is not looked at by the IRS as ordinary income. We always advise our clients to run this by your accountant and make sure they schedule that properly on your tax returns so you do not have to pay tax as ordinary income.
Getting a business loan is a major hurdle facing small businesses, mainly due to tight lending standards by banks. But obtaining outside financing is often necessary to start or grow a business or cover day-to-day expenses, including payroll and inventory.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is a federal agency committed to furthering the growth and development of small businesses. One of the ways it does this is by guaranteeing loans to businesses made through lending partners nationwide, though the SBA does not lend directly to businesses themselves. Rather, they set guidelines and guarantee a percentage of the loan, increasing the possibility that businesses will receive the funds they need.
I took out a SBA loan for $75,000 in 2006-7. The business went under months later. Both my attorney and myself tried to contact the bank and SBA and no one wanted to speak with us. I followed my attorneys advise and sold all the assets and put the money on the bank account. I’m certain I wrote them a letter explaining all that was done. The bank continued to take the monthly payments until the money ran out and then sent me to collections. I got my attorney involved and she met with an attorney from the bank. The attorney said that they would no longer bother me – which they have not. Great – then a couple years later I was due a Fed Tax amount that never came and then a letter saying that for repayment of our defaulted SBA loan they were keeping my return. This has happened every year since? I’ve received no accounting or statement of any kind. How long will this continue? Do I have any way to stop this without resurrecting this old debt?
PG, your situation sounds very familiar to emails and phone calls that I get weekly. It sounds like you did the typical run and hide in a default situation back in 2007. What happened was, after a period of time the SBA passed this file down to the US Department of Treasury and eventually your file ended up on somebody’s desk and they took your tax returns. The next thing they will do is start a wage garnishment proceeding. I would not worry about a foreclosure as there is not enough money owed for them to pursue that. You need to contact the Department of Treasury, and track your file down and negotiate some type of payment plan with them.
If you’re looking to open a new location, hire employees or refinance an existing loan, SBA loans are a great option. SBA loan rates and terms typically are more manageable for borrowers than other types of financing.
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Most borrowers should seek some assistance from a party who has experience in preparing SBA loan packages and is aware of the lenders’ criteria, Anderson says. Help can usually be obtained from SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and consultants who are available in many communities.
More than likely, you’ll need an excellent business credit score as well as good personal credit to qualify for an SBA loan or traditional loan from a bank; this will depend on the individual lender and business factors such as your revenue, cash flow and time in business. In general, online lenders look at personal credit scores but can be a bit more lenient when it comes to credit score requirements, as they place more emphasis on your business’s cash flow and track record.
You may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan if your small business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster and are unable to meet your normal operational expenses.
In 2005, SBA Inspector General Report 5-15 stated, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration and the entire Federal government today is that large businesses are receiving small business procurement awards and agencies are receiving credit for these awards.”
I defaulted on an Sba loan in 2007. I just filed federal taxes and was to receive a refund. I received a letter stating they are keeping my return. My worry is my house. Will they send me notice of liens? Can they forclose on it? The loan was for $14,500.
I got a SBA disaster loan after hurricane Rita. I lost everything that I own. I just heard that the SBA forgave loans that were made to the state. What about me? is there any way that I can get my loan forgiven or reduced without ruining my credit? I lost everything that I own and ended up with a 30 year bill. Not fair. Does anyone know if it is possible for me to get my loan forgiven?
What can we do to protect ourselves and our parents? We have a small cash offer for the total debt of the property that will cover the first on the property but the second loan which is SBA guaranteed will not be covered.
Apparently it’s a little known fact that a personal bankruptcy does not keep the government from garnishment payments that come from the government, such as tax returns. They can’t levy your assets, but they take your tax returns.
I had an SBA loan (w/ my ex-husband) in 2007. I overpaid each month and in 2011 decided to restructure my business (divorced in 2009, ex still on loan docs). Contacted the bank who said I could defer to interest only for 3-6 months if paperwork was filled out by both parties. I filled mine out and submitted, ex SAID he did same. Received no statements from bank, so assumed (my fault – ass out of you & me) that everything was fine. Get ready to make payment in Oct (deferment started. In Mar) and saw that the bank had pulled $32,000 out of my accnts! No judgment, no court date. My ex never in the paperwork, so I was in default. But $32,000? How can they take that money (including money from 2 trust accnts) with no notice to me? And I was in that bank at least 2 x per week, and no one ever said, hey – you need to pay your SBA loan. Is it legal to just remove $$ from an account w/ no judgment?
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The 504 Fixed Asset Financing Program is administered through non-profit Certified Development Companies throughout the country. This program provides funding for the purchase or construction of real estate and/or the purchase of business equipment/machinery. Of the total project costs, a lender must provide 50% of the financing, a Certified Development Company provides up to 40% of the financing through a 100% SBA-guaranteed debenture, and the applicant provides approximately 10% of the financing. Thorough due diligence of properties purchased through this program is required. Specific SBA Level I Environmental Site Assessment guidelines apply as all properties are treated as “high risk.” The Small Business Jobs Act permanently increased the maximum size of these loans from $2 million to $5 million ($5.5 million for manufacturers).
Small-business loans are typically issued only for businesses with a year or more of history and revenue. Among the financing options for entrepreneurs who qualify are U.S. Small Business Administration loans, term loans, business lines of credit and invoice factoring. Startups operating for less than a year can consider other financing options.
The most popular SBA loan program is the 7(a) loan, designed to provide funds for a broad list of businesses. These loans target “small” companies, defined according to the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), which determines whether a company is small by its annual revenues or number of employees.
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In addition to the above, if you are using the loan to buy commercial real estate it must be at least 51% owner occupied. For example, you cannot use a 504 loan to purchase a hotel that you will fully rent out to tenants. But you can use a 504 loan to purchase retail space that you will use most of and rent out a small part of to another tenant. New construction has even higher owner occupancy requirements. To view a comprehensive list of CDC / SBA 504 eligibility requirements, visit the SBA’s website.
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