Thoughts For VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans

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My partner Seth Levine recently put up an extremely thoughtful post titled SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone. The post Thoughts For VC Backed Companies Considering SBA/PPP Loans appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Crisis covid-19 ppp sba

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Is Life Insurance Required For Your SBA Loan Approval?


When applying for a loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA), you have to meet some basic qualifications. Once you meet the SBA’s requirements for being a small business, you’ll need to meet an additional set of requirements provided by your lender. Applying for an SBA loan?

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Circular Advice from the SBA

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As I wrote about at the beginning of the week, the SBA has made a mess of the Payroll Protection Program. Last week the SBA said it would offer further guidance before May 14th and many companies postponed or agreed to revisit decisions about the loan program once that guidance came out.

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10 Reasons You Don’t Qualify for an SBA Disaster Loan

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Maintaining your business through the coronavirus crisis has likely led you to cut costs, revise your sales projections, and potentially seek out a loan to help you stay afloat. Most banks will not issue traditional SBA loans to brand new businesses.

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SBA PPP Loans Aren’t for Everyone

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These companies can and should apply through the SBA’s PPP program.

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Three Ghoulish Blunders SMBs Make Applying For SBA Funding


For many small businesses, capital comes from SBA loans which provide the company with low monthly payments and reasonable rates. Despite their attractiveness, acquiring an SBA loan can be a trick not a treat, especially for business owners that aren’t organized or don’t pay attention to the fine print. Here are three frequent bogeymen that can trip up a small business that wants an SBA loan: 1. Professionalisms business loans Evan Singer Funding SBA small business

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5 Reasons You Might Not Qualify for an SBA Loan…and What to Do About It

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Small Business Administration (SBA) are attractive for business owners because they offer a range of loan sizes, long repayment terms, and most importantly, low interest rates. While some alternative business lenders charge as high as 80 percent APR, you can get an SBA-backed bank loan for around seven percent APR, depending on the amount you’re looking to borrow and for how long. So what’s not to like about SBA loans? See Also The Complete Guide to SBA Loans.

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The Initial Start-Up Costs for Small Businesses

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Starting a business costs money, a lot more than most people have to spend. Because of the immense financial investment, small business owners need to seek out financing options to cover all the operations costs. One of the most common and reliable is through SBA loans.

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Should You Use A Personal Loan To Fund Your Small Business

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Small business loans are specifically for funding a business and closely related costs. If you have a “millionaire idea” then the most important thing is to get it out there as soon as possible right? After all, you can’t make money without spending money. Source: Pixabay.

5 Mistakes That Can Cost You On Small Business Saturday


To make sure your cash flow keeps flowing, look into additional financing to balance the extra upfront inventory costs. Secure financing ahead of time so that you can get the most affordable rates and terms for your budget (visit SmartBiz to find out in about 5 minutes if you prequalify for an SBA loan). By Evan Singer, General Manager for SmartBiz. Bye bye Black Friday. The big day for small business owners is November 28th this year.

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Nancy Etz Shares Seven Financial Aid Tips for Startup Owners

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You can also contact your local Small Business Association (SBA) branch, which offers guidance at no cost! Starting a business is an uphill battle. It’s tough to get funding, and it can be even more difficult to find the right person for your company.

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Regulatory Costs Rise as Small Businesses Struggle to Survive

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Just when we should be getting out of the way of entrepreneurs, we are instead witnessing a sharp increase in the cost of regulatory compliance for small businesses. In the latest report on the cost of regulation , the SBA Office of Advocacy finds that the cost of regulatory compliance for the smallest businesses (under 20 employees) has increased from $7,647 per employee per year in 2005 to $10,585 in 2008.

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10 Niche Market Examples to Reinforce Your Specialized Business Idea

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There are many different varieties of olive oil, some of which cost a lot of money. These tanks are quite expensive, so start-up costs are significant. As these “tents” are often more like apartments than actual tents, start-up costs can be considerable.

Poor Business Records Cost More Money

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Don’t be shy about investigating local classes as adult education, or even a seminar with the SBA on bookkeeping. I’ve noticed a great tendency among startup founders to ignore the essentials of business accounting in the early stages of their startup. Just because you are not profitable yet, doesn’t mean you can skip the record keeping. In fact, just the opposite is true.

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Why 9 of 10 Startups Fail and What You Should Focus on for Yours to Survive

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According to data from the SBA from 2019, the startup failure rate is around 90%. For instance because the costs weren’t managed enough or because sales just weren’t bringing in enough money. Some startups become the biggest companies in their field.

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[Sponsored] Small Business Loans: How To Grow Your Business With Local Resources


Many of these services are offered at low or no cost to help foster economic development in specific regions. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a national organization that supports businesses around the country. With local offices in every state, the SBA has four primary functions –business financing, entrepreneurial development, government contracting and advocacy. Qualify for low-cost employee health insurance.

How to Get Funding for a Business

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Startups have to deal with starting costs and ongoing businesses have to finance growth and working capital. A plan is also required for applying for a business loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA makes loans to small businesses and even to startup businesses. SBA loans are almost always applied for and administered by local banks. The SBA works with “certified lenders,” which are banks.

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7 Things to Know Before Starting a Franchise

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You’ll need hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to open a franchise outright—though you may be able to get a loan or funding to cover some of these costs. Entrepreneurship brand recognition Competition Entrepreneur franchise Funding hiring Investment Learning Loan Location Logo messaging opportunity profit Restaurant revenue SBA thebalance training venture

What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan

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The process is approachable (I will go into more detail below) and has a relatively short turn around, but the SBA does have loan requirements for eligibility. Applicants need to have a reasonable credit history, a demonstrated ability to repay the loan, and for most disaster loans, the SBA requires that you back the loan with collateral (including real estate) to the extent that is possible. The use of proceeds that the SBA lists for this funding is as follows: Real property.

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Episode 1: Business Loans, Website Tips, and the Apple Watch – The Bcast

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I think that’s the starting point for most businesses is that things like the bank lending space, the what is the SBA and how are they here to help me? I think that’s why a lot of people consider these business loans or these SBA loans a little bit daunting and maybe even a little confusing. Why shouldn’t you be afraid of walking in and trying to get a bank loan or an SBA loan? Some banks house SBA loans.

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Lending to Small Business Picks up

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Borrowers are opting for non-SBA loans from big banks because these loans require less paperwork and generally are granted faster than SBA loans.” ” He said that approval rates at small banks “have stalled, in part because of the backlog of SBA loan-processing, and because big banks are becoming more active in small business lending.”. Funding a Business alternative lending lending loans SBA loan Have plans? Need funding? Lending is picking up.

The FUNDamentals – The A-Z of getting business funding

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In some cases an SBA-guaranteed loan can lower the personal risk. The SBA (Small Business Administration) requires business plans and additional criteria depending on which of the various programs you use. The executive summary is that with most SBA loans you put up 30% of the startup cost, and get the rest from the loan. . Business Finance angel investment crowdfunding friends and family investment SBA venture capital

Small Business and Startups: Where to Learn

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Many of these resources are free or low cost and the amount of knowledge available to share can make your head spin. SBA , SCORE , Small Business Development Centers. inspiration Resources Small business blogs entrepreneur entrepreneurship incubator organizations programs resources sba small biz small business smallbiz start-up startup startups webinar Resources for entrepreneurs are widely available and easy to access, but you need to know where to look and who to visit.

Retirement Plans in Small Businesses

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The SBA Office of Advocacy released two reports today related to retirement planing in small businesses. The first report ,written by SBA economist Jules Lichtenstein, looks at planning by small business owners for their own retirement. A second study released by the SBA looks at employee participation in retirement plans in small businesses. These efforts have met with limited success and come with a cost.

Small Business Bill Won't Help What Ails Small Businesses

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This is coming from government pumping money into community banks and through opening up SBA lending. In a recessionary economy, expecting that growth in revenues can come quickly enough to cover the cost of added debt is a very risky gamble. Tags: SBA Small Business Bill Tax incentives It looks like the so-called Small Business Bill is about to become law. So what will it offer our ailing small businesses? More debt and more government intervention.

10 Alternative Funding Sources For Your New Venture

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In the US, you may find that the Small Business Administration (SBA) can get you infusions of cash without normal backup requirements. The process is long, but it doesn’t cost you any equity.

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6 Keys To Sizing Your Market For A New Business Plan

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A common excuse I hear from entrepreneurs for not doing the work is that real market research takes too much time, and costs too much money.

SCORE Member’s Inside Advice on Using SCORE

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We charge $49 for that, which is barely more than the SCORE costs. Tags: entrepreneurship startup advice SBA SCORE Are you in the U.S.? Are you aware of SCORE? The name stands for “Service Corp of Retired Executives,” a volunteer organization, funded by the Small Business Administration, offering free counseling and related help to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the United States. I’ve been one of those SCORE volunteers for about three years now.

What Finance Options Are Ideal For Young Entrepreneurs?


There are always upfront costs to manage as well as ongoing expenses which require a pool of resources. The US government is keen to help small businesses to thrive and through the Small Business Administration (SBA) works with approved lenders to help entrepreneurs secure the loans they need. The SBA does this by reducing the risk that lenders face when lending money to entrepreneurs so that the qualifying criteria can be relaxed.

The 5 Hidden Secrets Of Online Lenders


Total loan costs can be misrepresented. APR enables borrowers to effectively compare the true cost of a loan as it includes all fees as well as the interest rate. In addition to APR, small businesses may want to use the “loan constant” to compare the true cost of different loan products. According to the SBA, insufficient or delayed financing is the second most common reason for business failure. Many think getting an SBA loan is a tedious and time consuming process.

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From Finder’s Fees To Financing: Where To Start When You Want To Buy A Hotel


Understand Startup Costs. When you buy a hotel the costs include the purchase of the hotel, renovations and working capital to cover staffing, marketing and operation costs. The cost of your new hotel greatly depends on the type of hotel you are buying (luxury or budget) and the size of the hotel. SBA 7a Loans. SBA 7a loans can give you up to $5 million dollars on loan. SBA 504 Loans. SBA 504 loans have an upper limit of $20 million dollars.

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Three questions to answer about your COVID response


Rent and other fixed costs continue, even when revenues have dried up – a fatal combination. Plan for reductions in fixed overhead, salaries, and other costs now. Apply to the SBA for an Emergency Loan or through your bank for the new “PPP” loan program.

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PPP and Women and Minority-Owned Businesses – We Need To Do More

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According to the Center for Responsible Lending , a large majority of Black, Latino and other minority-owned businesses stand close to no chance of receiving a PPP loan through an SBA-approved bank or credit union.

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7 Advantages That Local Small Business Owners Enjoy

Startup Professionals Musings

According to recent statistics from the Small Business Administration (SBA), this approach still accounts for 99 percent the businesses out there today. In my experience, the costs and risks of a lifestyle business continue to come down, as websites, social media, smartphone apps, open source tools, and customers via the Internet become more and more the norm.

Vital Tips For Small Businesses And Entrepreneurs During Covid-19  


The Small Business Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits.

What type of capital should you raise, and from who?

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Some firms provide tools to do this online, e.g., Capital ’s Cost of Equity estimator ; Lighter Capital’s Cost of Capital Calculator ; 645 Ventures’ cap table simulator. Ravi Bhagavan, Managing Director, BRG Capital Advisors, said, “A low-cost and often convenient form of capital for small businesses is SBA loans, which are guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. SBA loans are available through SBA-approved banks and SBIC funds.


10 Ways Entrepreneurs Find Money To Start A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, you may find that the Small Business Administration (SBA) can get you infusions of cash without normal backup requirements. The process is long, but it doesn’t cost you any equity. These days, the costs to start a business are at an all-time low, and over 80% of startups are self-funded (also called bootstrapping). Every funding decision is a complex tradeoff between near-term and longer-term costs and paybacks, as well as overall ownership and control.

COVID-19 Strategy: How to Forecast Cash Flow in a Crisis

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Cost: FREE. How to apply for an SBA Disaster Loan : Learn how to apply for a disaster loan if your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Cash flow management in a crisis is absolutely vital. It can mean the difference between surviving this crisis and closing your doors.

How to Manage Cash Flow in a Crisis

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Apply for an SBA Disaster Assistance Loan: The SBA is making hundreds of billions of dollars available for low-interest small business loans. To learn more about the requirements and what you’ll need to apply, check out our guide to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

6 Market Research Sources That Fit A Limited Budget

Startup Professionals Musings

A common excuse I hear from entrepreneurs for not doing the work is that real market research takes too much time, and costs too much money. Perhaps that was once true, but in this age of the worldwide Internet, big data, and pervasive business intelligence in every industry, you can use the following steps to get the data you need with very little time and cost: Start your research with Google.

10 Tried-And-True Strategies For Funding New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, you may find that the Small Business Administration (SBA) can get you infusions of cash without normal backup requirements. The process is long, but it doesn’t cost you any equity. These days, the costs to start a business are at an all-time low, and over 90% of startups are self-funded (also called bootstrapping). Every funding decision is a complex tradeoff between near-term and longer-term costs and paybacks, as well as overall ownership and control.

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We’ve helped over 150 small businesses navigate the crisis | Here’s what we’ve learned

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The first round of $342 billion — nearly ten times what the SBA administers in a typical year — was depleted in just 13 days. According to data released by the SBA , the average PPP amount was just over $200,000.

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Encore Entrepreneur Is The New Baby Boomer Lifestyle

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, according to the most recent Index of Startup Activity by the Kauffman Foundation and recent SBA reports , these Baby Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom. One new incentive is the falling transaction costs and barriers to entry for entrepreneurs of every age. Contrary to what you might guess, the highest rate of entrepreneurial growth over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Boomers over the age of 50, now called encore entrepreneurs.