Some entrepreneurs and business owners have misconceptions about SBA-backed loans. “The business has to be in good standing,” Cruz says. “Another misconception is the SBA comes in to help a business that would have failed. ‘We the people’ don’t want out money to be used to guarantee a failing business. The program doesn’t exist just to give a woman a loan. She has to be a woman with decent credit, money of her own, a great business plan, and a little success. You can’t have a business that lost money and expect the SBA or anybody else to guarantee that loan. It wouldn’t make sense.”
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.
The SBA requires that 504 recipient businesses must create or retain at least one job for every $65,000 provided by the SBA loan, though for small manufacturers, the number is lowered to one job per $100,000.
Because you’re just starting out and your personal credit score is below 600, your best bet is microloans through nonprofit lenders or the Small Business Administration. The downside is that these are “micro” amounts of money, usually no more than $50,000. Many microlenders, however, help businesses grow and establish better credit. SBA microloans generally have APRs of 8% to 8.5% with manageable repayment terms. Successfully repaying microloans will boost your credit score and make you eligible for bigger financing.
If you’re in the market for commercial real estate and will occupy at least 51% of the space, you may be a good candidate for an SBA 504 loan. We recommend working with Liberty SBF for SBA 504 loans. If you have a credit score above 680 (check here for free), you’ve been in business 3+ years, are profitable, and need more than $500k, speak with Liberty SBF today.
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Homeowners and renters are eligible for long-term, low-interest loans to rebuild or repair a damaged property to pre-disaster condition. Before making a loan, the SBA must establish the cost of repairing or rebuilding the structure (determined by SBA’s Field Inspectors who visit the property), applicant’s repayment ability (determined by applicant’s creditworthiness and income) and whether the applicant can secure credit in the commercial market (called the credit elsewhere test). Applicants who do not qualify for disaster assistance loans are referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for grants. Although SBA won’t decline a loan for lack of collateral, the agency is statutorily required to collateralize whatever assets are available including the damaged property, a second home or other real estate.
Who it’s good for: Prosper would work best for a newer small business that needs a smaller amount ($35,000 or less) that doesn’t have the revenue or longevity to qualify for a dedicated small business loan. As one of the nation’s biggest peer-to-peer lenders, it’s a good pick for someone who’s nervous about getting a loan online.
We need to proactively contact the SBA and work out a settlement. If you fail to do so, at some point you will receive a notice form the Department of Treasury and we will need to negotiate with them. They will tack 30% on to the amount owed, which is legal per the SBA loan documents that you probably signed. Treasury is much harder to deal with than the SBA.
At Fora Financial, we do not restrict how you use your loan, so you can use it in ways that will benefit your specific business. Whether it is purchasing equipment or paying employees, you’ll be able to meet your business’s specific needs.
The Cost of Credit After you have gone through the application process and you are approved, you need to still make some important decisions. Understanding the true cost of credit can be confusing. Choosing between the available loan products can greatly affect the amount of the total or true cost of your business loan.
The Small Business Administration isn’t a direct lender, but it does provide government backing so that riskier businesses can get financing through partner banks and credit unions, which are assured they will receive a portion of their money back even if you default.
If you’re looking for an SBA loan of less than $350,000 for working capital or debt refinancing, SmartBiz is a good choice. It works with partner banks to underwrite SBA 7(a) loans of $30,000 to $350,000, with APRs of 8.27% to 9.57%. The lender also offers SBA 7(a) commercial real estate loans from $500,000 to $5 million with APRs ranging from 6.36% to 6.41%. Read more in our SmartBiz review.
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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.
Hi Sherry, this is a very difficult situation that you are going through. Send me an email and I will guide you in the right direction. All we do is work with defaulted SBA loans, personal guarantees, and debt settlements.
I am not getting any cancellation of my debt with SBA and certainly no offset as income. Do I have to report this as income or is there some way to dispute? Or have I unwillingly allowed this as part of some court proceeding with the debt to SBA
I have an SBA disaster loan from Huricane Katrina. I have been separated from my husband for over 2 years. Our home was foreclosed on in Feb. 2010 by the mortgage company. My husband refuses to give me a divorce so I have decided to move on with my life. I have been renting for over 2 years now and am ready to buy a home for my children and myself. Everything has been going well on the mortgage paperwork until a Cavirs was run and it came up with a default on the SBA loan. My husband is being garnished by the SBA and has been working on a payment plan with. So can I get the Cavirs removed so that I can continues with the process of buying a home?
Contrary to what many people think, the SBA itself does not issue loans. Banks, credit unions, community development organizations, microlending institutions, and other partners actually make the loans. For qualifying loans, the SBA guarantees part of their repayment. The maximum guarantee is 85 % for loans under $150,000 and 75 % for loans over $150,000.
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.
• Your business first must be turned down for private financing. Yes, you read that correctly. Your business needs to try to get a loan from a bank or other financial institution or lender directly. Under law, the SBA can’t guarantee loans to businesses that can obtain the money they need on their own. So you have to apply for a loan on your own and be turned down.
Benefits of SBA loans include lower down payments and longer repayment terms than conventional bank loans, enabling small businesses to keep their cash flow for operational expenses and spend less on debt repayment.
Approximately 900 Small Business Development Center sites are funded through a combination of state and SBA support in the form of matching grants. Typically, SBDCs are co-located at community colleges, state universities, and/or other entrepreneurial hubs. Cole Browne leads the SBA in purchasing of new Development Center sites.
Hi, my name is Nancy delos Reyes. We have SBA loan with Bank of America. Since our business sales went down 2 years ago I have hard time paying my SBA loan payment every month. I have been late paying my loan since May 2011. I have try to do settlement with the bank but they don’t accept our offer. I am afraid of lawsuit and loosing my business or assets. Please give me some opinion what to do.
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