Choosing isn’t as hard as it sounds, though. When you shop for your loan with Lendio, one of our personal funding managers will partner with you every step of the way. He or she will talk to you about all your loan options, help you calculate how much financing you need, walk you through collecting all the necessary documents and forms, and tell you everything’s going to be okay. We don’t hug, though. Hugs are where we draw the line.
Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs can provide long or short term working capital needs, fund purchases such as land, buildings or equipment, drive growth—to name a few. As a leading SBA Preferred Lender, KeyBank’s knowledgeable Relationship Managers and SBA Specialists work in partnership to help you select options that are right for your business needs.
With a business line of credit, lenders will establish a credit limit for a maximum amount of money they will lend you. You can draw as much as you need up to your limit and like a credit card; you pay interest only on the amount you borrow. Business Lines of Credit can help bridge the gap during seasonal lulls and other lean periods. A business line of credit can ensure that you always have the capital you need, when you need it.
“It is important to understand that lenders need considerable information to justify making a loan and to support their request for an SBA guarantee,” Anderson says. “Succeeding in small business is often difficult, and lenders, while willing to take some risk, must protect themselves from losing money on the loan. Lenders need to be convinced that you are likely to pay back the loan with the interest specified.”
In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now uses the score to pre-screen it’s most popular 7(a) loans. If your score falls below their minimum threshold, you may not qualify for one of the most attractive—lowest interest rates—small business loans available. Starting at the beginning of 2014, all SBA 7(a) loan applications up to $350,000 are required to go through a business credit score pre-screen. To be clear, if you’re applying for an SBA loan, most likely it’s a 7(a).
For example, SmartBiz, an online lender that specializes in SBA loans, offers APRs of 8.27% to 9.57% for regular 7(a) loans and 6.36% to 6.41% for its 7(a) commercial real estate loans. Live Oak Bank, established in 2007, offers SBA loans with APRs of 5.75% to 7.75%.
Put yourself in the lender’s shoes–why should they lend you money? When applying for a loan, treat it as if you’re applying for a job. Instead of a great resume, however, you need a stellar application. That means understanding your financial situation and deciding what you can use for collateral, which might include your house. A business person who does the latter shows they believe in their business. Cash flow and credit quality are other key factors. And dress professionally; if you look like you don’t need the money, you’re more likely to get it.
• 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.
Small businesses have a tougher time getting approved due to factors including lower sales volume and cash reserves; add to that bad personal credit or no collateral (such as real estate to secure a loan), and many small-business owners come up empty-handed. Getting funded takes longer than other options — typically two to six months — but banks are usually your lowest-APR option.
The SBA is not a lender, but rather guarantees small business loans offered by traditional lenders like participating banks and credit unions to encourage lending to small businesses across the country.
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.
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Because you’re just starting out and your personal credit score is below 600, your best bet is microloans through nonprofit lenders or the U.S. Small Business Administration. The downside is these are “micro” amounts of money, usually no more than $50,000. However, many microlenders help businesses grow and establish better credit. SBA microloans generally have an APR of 8% to 8.5% and manageable repayment terms. Successfully repaying microloans will boost your credit score and make you eligible for bigger financing.
I had a SBA loan in 2009, due to economical and hardship situations I couldn’t pay it and I close the business. I finally decided to file for Bankruptcy Chapter 7 last year (2012) and my case was discharged. I recently filed my taxes and I received a letter from IRS stating that SBA is garnishing my money. What should I do? Thank you in advance for your advice.
I have had an SBA loan for three years which allowed me to purchase the property by business occupies. I have always paid on time. I want to now sell my business and property but that is a hefty price tag so I want to sell only the business and hold the real estate for a while, until either I can sell it or the new business owners can purchase it. My loan document states that I would be in Default if I sold my business, merged, or did anything else that would in effect the ownership without ‘ prior written consent from the bank’.
Subject to credit approval and program guidelines. SBA loans are subject to SBA eligibility guidelines. Certain restrictions apply to refinancing options and are subject to program terms. Refinances of existing SBA loans are excluded.
Hitting up family and friends is the most common way to finance a start-up. But when you turn loved ones into creditors, you’re risking their financial future and jeopardizing important personal relationships. A classic mistake is approaching friends and family before a formal business plan is even in place. To avoid it, you should supply formal financial projections, as well as an evidence-based assessment of when your loved ones will see their money again. This should reduce the likelihood of unpleasant surprises. It also lets your investors know you take their money seriously. You also need to seriously consider how the arrangement will be structured. Are you offering equity? Or will this be a loan? Perhaps most importantly, you need to emphasize the risk involved. Offer up a strong business plan, but remind them there is a good chance their money will be lost. It’s better to mention that upfront to Aunt Gladys rather than over Thanksgiving dinner.
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