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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 CDC / SBA 504 loan program is designed to get affordable, long term loans to small businesses looking to buy or build facilities to operate out of as well as outfit those facilities with heavy equipment with long lifespans.
A business line of credit provides access to flexible cash. Lenders give you access to a specific amount of credit (say, $100,000), but you don’t make payments or get charged interest until you tap into the funds.
At United Capital Source, we understand no two businesses or business owners are alike and that’s why we look at each scenario individually to ensure that our clients get the financing that fits with their businesses goals and needs. By looking at each business on an individual basis, we are able to approve many more business owners than our competition.
U.S. Bank offers five types of SBA loans for businesses in almost any for-profit industry. Loan amounts range from $25,000 to more than $11.25 million and are available for a variety of business purposes, including:
If you need a lot of capital to grow your business and are willing to give up equity to get that capital then angel investments might be for you. If you’re thinking about going down this path you can learn more by reading our guide on raising capital from angel investors.
SBA loans can be difficult to qualify for. You’ll need to have a credit score of 680+ and be able to pledge some collateral for the loan (check your score for free). There are a wide variety of SBA loans available but the two programs most likely to help provide startup business loans are the Community Advantage Program and the Microloan Program.
Generally, these loans are available to partially self-financed startups (the SBA likes to see that the owner invests at least 30% of their own money in the business) and startups where the owners have prior experience in the industry and in management. The primary benefit of an SBA loan is the low interest rate and long repayment term, making your monthly payments lower than they would be with other loan options.
Whether you end up applying for an SBA loan through a bank or opt for an online small-business loan, you should be familiar with each lender’s requirements. Knowing whether you meet its criteria before you apply will save you time and frustration.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed my home and some rental properties. I took out SBA disaster assistance loans to help. One loan was a refi on my home that was destroyed along with fixing it $400,000 and the other loan was for 100,000 to fix the rentals. I still had mortgages on all properties. I was able to make the payments but started having trouble in 2009 with the recession. I have been in and out of Liquidation. I am trying to get another workout with them but it seems they are ready to drop to Treasury. I am scared of Foreclosure. I have 4 properties tied to the SBA loans, 3 properties SBA is in second position behind mortgage companies, Carrington and Wells Fargo but my home I have a second of 80k from SLS that was not part of the refi from SBA… Can they foreclose, they spoke to me about charge off but I figured since they were in first position on the home I built twice they would come after it… I have not been able to sleep, I am so worried, I owed 280k when the storm hit and now I owe close to 500k and the house is worth around 330,000….
I had an SBA loan (w/ my ex-husband) in 2007. I overpaid each month and in 2011 decided 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 turned 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?
Your business plan should include current and projected financials, and clearly demonstrate that your business will have enough cash flow to cover ongoing business expenses and the new loan payments. This can give the lender more confidence in your business, increasing your chances at loan approval. Your business plan should include:
Following a natural disaster in my state, I was granted an SBA loan in order to make the repairs to my home. The amount of the loan was below $10,000.00, so they were not required to place a lien on my home (I was told that any amount over $10,000.00 required that a lien be placed on the home). I lost my job in 2007 and have been unable to maintain full-time employment since due to numerous lay offs. My house was foreclosed on last year and I have been in default on the SBA loan. I feel that my only way out of this financial ruin is to file bankruptcy. Will bankruptcy discharge my SBA loan?
What are my options with my SBA home disaster loan from Hurricane Katrina. My now ex husband lived in the home for more than 2 years after I left him and paid the note. I did not want the house. We divorced, and as part of the divorce settlement agreed to ready it for sale or to rent. He left the country–moved to China. He has not paid even his half of the mortgage note and I can’t. i am on disability and only get $640 a month. He does not pay child support that was ordered. SBA took my entire tax refund last week without notice. Can I bankrupt on this loan? I need help.
And if your business is very small or new, you may want to consider taking out a personal loan to use for business purposes. This will mean your own financial health is all that’s under the microscope (and on the hook if things go south). Your loan amount will probably be lower, but the process — and lending criteria — usually won’t be as involved. If you want to check out your best options, see our guide on the Best Unsecured Loans.
Whether a business loan, a car loan or a mortgage, the first question a lender will ask you is “how much do you want?” As a business owner you should ask yourself “how much can I afford to repay, and on what terms”, then work back from there.
If you have derogatory or no credit history, it can take months or even years of positive credit activity to move your SBSS score significantly higher. It’s vital to build your credit and ensure it’s healthy before you need it.
This article should have armed you with enough information on the 6 types of SBA loans to help you decide which one is right for you. If you don’t think any of the SBA loans are right for you, there are plenty of other financing options available for you, which you can learn about by reading our other articles.
The application is a bit more complex than comparable lenders, and you’ll need an established business to qualify: Your business must be at least one year old, and you need to have at least two three employees.
Trade finance under the SBA Export loan program is broken up into three types of loans, but they all have the same goal. The aim is to expand international trade and export activities. Here is what each loan within the SBA Export program can be used for:
No matter how you raise or borrow money for a startup, a solid business plan is a must. Any potential lender is going to want to see that you have your arms around the business and understand how to operate it successfully. Plus they’ll want to make sure the financial projections are believable and show plenty of opportunities to repay the loan.
The SBA has another financing program called SBA Express, which aims to respond to loan applications within 36 hours. If your credit and small-business finances are in excellent shape, the wait may be shorter. The maximum amount for this type of financing is $350,000, and the maximum amount the SBA could guarantee is 50%.
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