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:
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.
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Applying for an SBA loan is like applying for a regular commercial loan — except this may be the last resort for your businesses because you have to have been turned down for a business loan on your own. It’s not as simple as walking into an SBA office and asking for a loan application. You need to do all the necessary homework and put together all the necessary paperwork that you would before approaching a commercial bank. That means you need to review your personal credit history and be prepared to discuss. You need to assemble the historical financial reports from your business. And you need to have a business plan.
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Your business likely requires steady cash flow in order to run smoothly. Many of the business owners we work with pursue a loan in order to have cash flow stability. With added cash flow, you’ll be able to afford ongoing business expenses, while having additional cash to use for other needs.
Because the SBA doesn’t always fully collateralize an SBA loan with business assets, it’s not uncommon for them to pursue personal assets in the event of a default. I am not an attorney. I would recommend you seek the advice of one familiar with working with these types of issues. I am unaware of anything that would compel a bank to talk settlement.
For newer businesses with steady revenue, a term loan from StreetShares is a good option. If you have at least $100,000 in revenue and have been in business six months or more, you can qualify for StreetShares.
Our ust paid off our secured SBA loan, we have struggled during the duration of the loan and have accumulated some 12,000 in late fees and penalties from the bank. They want to make some kind of payment plan and reduce the amount and at one time offered to dismiss all fees if we paid off the loan. What can I do to get rid of these late fees and get a release.
Denise, your situation is like many others that we deal with on a daily basis here at Bridge Management. Feel free to email me anytime at [email protected] and I can give you some insight that the bank would accept for payment plan options to prevent this from getting passed to the Treasury Department.
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• Contact lenders. You need to find a bank or lender that works with the SBA. Most leading commercial banks will offer 7(a) loans, but so do credit unions and other lenders. You can find a list of local SBA lenders by state on the SBA website. “You can contact more than one,” Cruz says. “But this should not be the first time you meet the banker. There are three people that every business person should have a relationship with — an accountant that knows your industry, a lawyer that knows your industry, and a banker that knows your industry.” If you have a relationship with a banker, that’s who you start with, Cruz says. If you don’t know the bankers in your community, try to get around it by having someone you know refer you. Call possible lenders, providing a brief profile of you and your business to see if the lender has an interest in exploring the possibility of a loan. If so, make an appointment to meet the lender(s).
Hi Janice, unfortunately your question comes up often and you will not like the answer. Every guarantor who signs on the loan documents as a guarantor is individually responsible for the full balance if the other guarantors were to file personal BK. However, you are still able to do what is called an Offer in Compromise ” OIC ” for a settlement much less than the balance owed. An OIC is put in place for borrowers who are able to pay back something without having to file Bankruptcy. Most attorneys have zero experience dealing with SBA defaults, never mind financial documentation. It is typically less expensive and more beneficial to hire a consultant who has experience in the SBA field such as Bridge Management Consulting.
Luis, i’m sorry to hear about your experience with Second Wind Consultants, please give me a call or send me an email if you still have questions or concerns. Those fees that were quoted to you are absolutely outrageous and i’m sure that is not affordable to you. A defaulted SBA loan is simply a debt issue, not a legal issue. Don’t lose any more sleep over this, there is always a solution!
Small-business loans are typically issued only for businesses with a year or more of history and revenue. Among the financing options for entrepreneurs who qualify are U.S. Small Business Administration loans, term loans, business lines of credit and invoice factoring. Startups operating for less than a year can consider other financing options.
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• Review your credit report. “A major consideration for a lender to make a loan is the ‘character’ of the borrower,” Anderson says. “Lenders want to loan money to people who have a positive track record for paying their obligations as agreed.” The “Fair Isaac Credit Score” (FICO) is one measure used to evaluate character. Credit scores can range from 300-850, and it is very important that you have a relatively high score to be able to secure a SBA loan. While some SBA loans may be made with FICO scores below 700, potential borrowers with scores in the high 700s or 800s are generally greeted with respect by lenders. You can review your credit reports — for free — from all three credit-reporting companies — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — once per year to insure that they are accurate. You need to be prepared because the bank will pull the credit reports on you. If you find mistakes on your credit reports, take steps to correct those mistakes and bring the e-mails, letters, and other correspondence with you to the bank when applying for a loan. “When you go to the bank, you can say, ‘It’s a mistake. It’s not me.’ And you have the letter to show them,” says Cruz. “At least it’s not a surprise to you. You don’t want to be surprised.” Professionals also can provide guidance for improving credit scores. Personal income tax reports for three years will be required for all parties that own at least 20 percent of the company’s equity. A weak FICO Score from a 20 percent to 25 percent owner can badly damage the obtaining of a SBA Small Business Loan.
Using a credit card to fund your business is some serious risky business. Fall behind on your payment and your credit score gets whacked. Pay just the minimum each month and you could create a hole you’ll never get out of. However, used responsibly, a credit card can get you out of the occasional jam and even extend your accounts payable period to shore up your cash flow.
Amanda, typically a 1099 sent by SBA debt is for debt forgiveness and is not looked at by the IRS as ordinary income. We always advise our clients to run this by your accountant and make sure they schedule that properly on your tax returns so you do not have to pay tax as ordinary income.
Microloans are up to $50,000 with up to 6-year terms.They have higher interest rates (8% -13%) than most other SBA loans. The SBA issues Microloans through nonprofit, community-based organizations. Microloans cannot be used to refinance debt or purchase real estate. Read more…
• Develop your business plan. You need to have a business plan that states in writing what your business is, what you need money for, and why you will be successful. If you have a 25-page business plan already, you can update the Executive Summary section with information about your financing needs. If you don’t have a business plan, you need to develop one — even a five-page document will be more impressive than none at all. Templates and software are available online to provide valuable guidance. For example, SCORE has a template that provides considerable help. Inc. also has a guide on how to write a business plan. “It is useful to have an experienced businessperson review and critique the draft business plan,” Anderson says. In addition, Cruz adds, have someone review your plan for grammar and spelling.
For young businesses building revenue, StreetShares is a good bet for financing new equipment or an expansion. Your strong personal credit and revenue of at least $25,000 qualify you for the lender, which serves a variety of borrowers but is an especially good option for U.S. military veterans.
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If you’re applying through a traditional bank, it helps to work with one that has a track record of processing SBA loans. Patty Staples, senior vice president and chief credit officer at Evangelical Christian Credit Union, suggests you ask your potential lender these questions:
The most you can borrow through the SBA CAPLines program is $5 million. The exception to the is the Small Short-Term Line of Credit which has significantly lower servicing requirements but also has a credit limit of $200k.
Thanks for pointing this out in an effort to help. However, we state in the opening section that a 504 loan goes up to $20 million, which is what we believe they typically max out at with most lenders. However, in order to get to these loan sizes you’ll likely have to have some experience with the lender. In the 504 section below that we put $14 million in there because this is the max loan for brand new borrowers from the recommended provider we point you to. If instead you’re referring to the $5 million debenture you’re forgetting about the CDC portion of the loan, and the portion of the loan a lender is willing to lend above and beyond the SBA debenture. There are no project maximums for SBA 504 loans.
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