As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s important to take some time to focus on the contributions and potential of African-American entrepreneurs. Businesses owned by people of color are crucial to growing the American economy, adding more than $300 billion in sales in 2012 alone.
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Small Business Majority has partnered with SmartBiz Loans, an online platform to help small business owners navigate the process of applying for SBA loans. SBA-backed loans are often some of the best options available to small business owners for many reasons, including lower interest rates, longer loan terms and protection against balloon payments.
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Are you considering taking out a loan for your small business? Financing your business is a serious undertaking, and it’s important to make well-informed decisions about your need for capital at the onset. Below, we’ll review some key steps to take and questions to ask when seeking funding.
Are you thinking about using an online lender to finance your small businesses? If so, there are a few things you should know before you get started.
The way small businesses borrow money is being completely transformed by the rise in online lending. Innovators are providing faster and easier ways to borrow and increasing access to credit in communities that have historically been underserved. But this transformation will only achieve its potential if it is built on transparency, fairness, and putting the rights of borrowers at the center of the lending process.
A small business loan can be a powerful tool for growing your business, or just meeting day to day expenses. Deciding that you need a loan may be easy but the real challenge is making sure you're ready to apply for financing.
Before approaching a lender, it pays to make sure you're putting your best foot forward. This checklist serves as a handy guide for getting your business prepped for a loan.
Are you a small business owner ready to seek outside funding? You might think that finding a lender is the initial step. However, there’s an important financial ratio you should understand first. The debt-service coverage ratio (DSCR)helps determine whether or not your business can take on a loan and the size of small business loan you can handle. Additionally, lenders frequently use DSCR as a way to evaluate whether they should lend money to a business. Having a good debt service coverage ratio can be critical to getting low-cost funds for your business.
There are certain elements that you need to run a successful small business. A solid business plan and determination can take you far, but if you really want to grow, you'll need capital to fund your expansion plans.
If you don't want to drain your cash reserves, a loan may be just what you need to pursue your next phase of growth. Before you can advance your business using a loan, however, you have to be sure that it's the right move.
What can a small business use a loan for?
Are you a small business owner looking for alternative funding options beyond a traditional bank loan? A CDFI loan might be the answer you’ve been looking for.
While traditional bank lending is down, organizations called community development financial institutions, or CDFIs, are stepping up to fill the void by focusing on supporting small businesses and local economies in a holistic way. So what is a CDFI?