Reputation: Since online lending is still a relatively new phenomenon, I was not as concerned with the lender’s longevity as usual. However, a significant number of positive reviews, BBB accreditation, and at least a few years in business were pluses.
An unsecured business loan is a loan that does not require the borrower to pledge assets of the company to borrow funds. However, in most cases an unsecured loan requires a personal guarantee of repayment and will generally have a higher interest rate and fees.
One way to improve your odds of being approved for an SBA microloan is to present a professional application. Have all of your financials together and develop a clear, presentable business plan with financial projections. Business plan software, like LivePlan (which has a 60-day moneyback guarantee) can help ensure you cover all your bases.
Our bank that we have the SBA loan with has not been easy to work with though. When we told them we were not going to make the payment the bank froze our business and personal bank accounts immediately. They also refuse to call in on the SBA guarantee. We have now brought them a short sale and have tried to form a work out plan but the bank still refuses to work with us for a solution. Instead the bank simply wants to sue us and the guarantors even after we sell the property. Also recently our bank has emptied our business account and applied those dollars to the operating lines of credit in full without our approval. Those funds were accumulated by selling assets of the business.
Note: The rates and terms of SBA Microloans are similar to those with most peer-to-peer loans. But peer-to-peer loans can be approved in minutes without much paperwork whereas SBA Microloans can take months to get approved and require extensive documentation. If your credit score is above 660 (check here for free) then see what you prequalify for with Lending Club.
The partner institutions set their own interest rates according to the creditworthiness of the borrower and the specifics of the startup or small business. However, on average, the interest rates range from 8% -13%.
The North Carolina Intermediary, Small Business Development Center, partners with Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs) and community-based organizations to provide small business loans through the ILP program. For more information contact:
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Equipment financing allows you to borrow money to purchase necessary business equipment outright. The borrower will pay back the total amount borrowed, plus interest and fees over a pre-arranged period of time.
We got behind in our SBA disaster home loan. They haven’t taken us to court but are garnishing or wages. We’re considering filing chapter 7 on the loan. It’s a mobile home on 3 lots in a low income area. The home is worth a quarter of what we owe. Will we have to move as soon as we file? I’ve been told that they aren’t interested in taking it back because the value isn’t worth the effort they’d have to put forward.
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