As non bank lenders continue to gain market share across different loan segments, we wanted to give a complete overview of online small business lending and how diverse the options are for all types of businesses today.
Understanding your company and where you fit within the ecosystem of small businesses is still the most important question you can ask. The options available vary in loan size, interest rates and term length dependent on the type of business you run. Though one thing is certain, today there is such a wide array of options available that most business owners should be able to secure funding.
SBA or Small Business Administration loans are considered some of the best funding options available for their low interest rates, though their detailed paperwork and lengthy approval process tend to limit the types of firms who can secure these loans. There are three different types of loans offered by the SBA; 7(a) SBA Loan Program, CDC/504 SBA Loan Program and the less used Microloan Program. We will delve deeper below but these loans are designed for companies with very good credit, collateral and a solid business plan. The loans are not delivered directly by the SBA, the SBA acts as a guarantor so the banks can then allocate some of their small business lending to the SBA programs. Some of the top lenders in this space include Wells Fargo, US Bank and JP Morgan Chase; national, regional and community banks are the main lenders of SBA Loans.
7(a) SBA Loan
Loan Amount – $5,000 – $5,000,000
Loan Term – 5 – 25 years
Interest Rates – 6 – 13%
This is the most well known and most commonly used loan that the SBA program offers. This loan can be used to expand a company, finance equipment, purchase real estate or to make an acquisition. Businesses consider SBA loans as the top financing product to get approved for, however the process of applying and ultimately being approved is quite extensive. Companies need to provide financial statements, explanation of use of proceeds, details on collateral and full business descriptions. The process is still very similar to getting a traditional loan through a bank as the entire period can last about 90 days. [Read more…]