What Is an SBA Loan? (2023)

Written by: Patrick Findaro
Last Updated by Catalina Lima: February 27, 2023
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This post will answer your questions and doubts about SBA loans.

The U.S Small Business Administration is an autonomous small business federal loan agency established in 1993 to stimulate the economy. They assist small businesses and/or projects in the form of traditional debt financing. It offer a diverse set of personalized and specialized lending programs, counseling services, support networks, and business consultations to ensure loan approvals.

The program is dedicated to the integral role that small businesses play in the economy. In liaison with the lenders/banks, the SBA program remains committed to the required amount of capital and counseling services to launch, grow or expand a small business.

How Does The SBA Loan Work

Once approved, the SBA guarantees 50%-90% of the loan in the event the loan defaults, ultimately standing true to their diligent business evaluations process and undeniable support in helping small businesses breakthrough into the US market. This ensures additional security and mitigates the potential and expected risks involved for its lender’s investment.

Instead of using conventional bank financing, this program serves as the middleman in the process and as an effective tool to ensure all parties are qualified, invested, and financially profitable over time. Each deal the SBA is different and facilitates each small business and owner’s needs as they best see fit.

The SBA loan is a great financing option that usually favorably aligns with the personal and professional goals of new and small business owners since its inception.

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What To Know About SBA Loans

The SBA Doesn't Actually Do The Lending

Lending is done through banks and other financial institutions SBA provides feedback, advice, and support SBA guarantees a portion of the loan and promotes the small business.

Some Banks Do And Don't Favor It

Preferred Lending Partners status banks generally have a high success loan success rate Non-Preferred Lenders don’t have the authority for approval and make the process longer.

SBA Loans Generally Require Collateral

For example, this is essential, in case you cannot return it.

Forget About A Bad Credit Score, Not Even A Good Credit Score Can Be Enough

Good credit scores and history is important but merely a part of the application process. 

Other factors may include costs/expenses, historical revenue growths, management experience, industry trends, COVID-19 impacts.

As well as, business model sustainability, cash flow, and working capital. Financial strength and liquidity, debt, closing costs, 2020 SBA guidelines.

More Than Just A Business

Owner/entrepreneurs reputation, history, personal and professional experiences, level of education, and industry expertise are pivotal.

Small businesses may be granted up to $5 Million in funding for launch, expansion, acquisitions, purchases, maintenance, improvements, and operational efficiency

SBA Loan Process

Key Takeaways And Tips For The SBA Loan Debt Financing Clients:

  1. Find the lender and support network that best matches your personal and professional goals. From the small business’s inception through its successive stages of life.
  2. Strategize loan planning. Stay constantly informed about the SBA loan program. Also, the features of various lenders/banks available in the market.
  3. Please contact your business and franchise consulting experts. At Vetted Biz we can help you.

At Vetted Biz we drive and commit to be a lifelong learners with you. Making your business and entrepreneurial dreams become a reality as efficiently and accurately as you could have ever imagined.

Make sure to give us a call and book your first consultation appointment with one of our outstandingly experienced franchise and business consultants.

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