Are you ready to expand your business?

Hopefully, there will come a time when you begin to consider expanding. Whether adding to your existing location or starting a whole new branch, the need for building capital is often the first thing you will think about. Although your local bank is often the first choice of small business people, you should also consider the Small Business Administration, or SBA small business loans.

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The SBA does not make direct loans to small businesses. It does set guidelines for SBA small business loans, which are then made by approved lenders, community development organizations, and micro-lending institutions. The SBA guarantees that these loans will be repaid, thus eliminating some of the risks to the lending partners. So when a business applies for an SBA small business loan it is actually applying for a commercial loan, structured according to SBA requirements. 

How to Apply For SBA Loan?

To start the process, you should visit a local bank or lending institution that participates in SBA programs. The SBA loan applications are structured to meet SBA requirements so that the loan is eligible for an SBA guarantee. This guarantee represents the portion of the loan that SBA will repay to the lender if you default on your loan payments. There is also an SBA business Loan Application Checklist that provides a listing of forms and documents you and your lender will need when creating a loan package to submit to SBA.

Even if you aren’t looking for a loan, the SBA website is a great resource and tool

Business information resources are so important that they are almost like money in the bank to a small business owner. The SBA is one of the first basic resources that you should consider utilizing for your small business information needs.

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Joseph Ferriolo

Director at Wise Business Plans®
Joseph Ferriolo is the Director of Wise Business Plans. He has overseen over 15,000 written business plans during his tenure, raising over $1BN in funding and providing 30K+ consulting hours for startup companies.

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