In 2007 my business went under. I had an SBA guaranteed loan that I defaulted on for $22K (original balance $25K) with no means to repay. I received a 1099C cancellation of debt from the lender on 9/30/07 for the full amount due on the loan. Monday, 9/16/13, my employer received an order for administrative wage garnishment from the Dept. of Treasury on behalf of the SBA. Can they collect on a cancelled debt? I of course, have filed for a dispute hearing on the basis the debt has been cancelled is no longer owed. Any help would be much appreciated. If feel like I’m living a nighmare all over again.
While the lender will run a credit report on you and your business, it is a good idea to have already checked both your personal and business credit profile ahead of time, to ensure its accuracy and to be prepared to answer any questions.
Before you sign on the dotted line, consider how much you really need to borrow versus how much you’d like to borrow. This is particularly important, because you need to be certain that you can make your payments on time, every time. You’ll be building not only your business, but your business credit. Making those payments each month will be crucial.
Many credit unions are issuing small business loans, and they’re approving requests at twice the rate of big banks. Rates are competitive and sometimes lower since credit unions are nonprofits with less overhead.
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.
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my partner (awesome credit) and myself (not so much) are looking at applying for an sba loan to fund our start up from the building brand phase to a sales phase. I have a FHA backed home loan that we went late on so we could qualify for a modification and we are still in the trial period. How and does this effect our ability to secure a sba loan?
• 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.
On the flipside, if you have an established, low-risk business with a long track record of healthy profits, it doesn’t make sense to expect a rock-bottom rate from most online lenders when you would be a good candidate at a large bank.
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