By Michelle Loredo
Business funding is a common stress factor for small business owners. You can make the application process easier for you by being well informed on small business funding requirements including, grants and loans.
If you are looking for tips for attaining small business funding, the SBDC Network is here to help! We have put together the top small business funding tips.
Business Documents and Business Funding
When you are looking into different types of business funding, your business paperwork must be in order and updated. It includes all financial and tax-related documents. Here are a couple of examples:
Business Financial Statements
Business Related Legal Paperwork
Small Business Plan
Having all of your business financial documents will help your application process be more streamlined and faster to process.
Identify What Option Works Best for Your Business
Here are a few questions that can help you determine what small business funding opportunities the best option for your business are:
Do I have a good credit score?
Is my business able to afford a loan?
What is my cashflow?
What size is my business?
Depending on your answers, look for funding options that aim to help your business circumstance. If you are starting a business, do not look for expansion funding but look for start-up financing.
If you are looking to expand your existing business, here a few types of small business funding opportunities:
Small business term loans aim to help finance existing businesses and expansions. Term loans are financial assistance that has a set amount. You can pay the loan monthly and must full repay it in three years. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Amount Due Can Increase
Have a Set Lending Amount
Loan Secured or Unsecured
Payable Between Six Months and Three Years
Small Business Administration Funding
The SBA offers small business different types of funding that includes:
Due to COVID-19, the SBA has pandemic-related relief options:
COVID-19 EIDL Program
Paycheck Protection Program
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Shuttered Venues Grant
The SBA aims to help small businesses receive small business funding with the possibility of debt relief and cross eligibility.
Business Equipment Loans
If your business needs to use machinery and other business-related equipment, some loans can help you buy the equipment needed. These types of loans are usually paid monthly for two to four years. Here are key takeaways:
Can Also Be Used for Software and Vehicles
Amount Ranges, $5,000 - $500,000
Loan Interest Rate Can Increase at Variable or Fixed State
Compare Lenders Requirements
When you are looking for small business grants and funding, different institutions have their requirements.
If you are receiving help from a bank, here are some general requirements:
Established For At Least Two Years
Good Credit Score
Includes Term Loans and Lines of Credit
If you are thinking of getting help from microlenders, here is a list of general requirements:
No Credit Needed
Bad Credit Accepted
New Operating Business
Lend No More Than $50,000
The microloans aim in helping new and small businesses take off and typically have higher Annual Parentage Rates.
Local Business Grants Opportunities
On the SBDC Network website, we have put together a list of external small business grants.
Texas Small Business Emergency Micro-Grant Source (TSBEMS)
For the full list of grants, visit our network website.
Have More Questions?
If you would like to receive help, the SBDC advisors are here to help. Our 14 locations offer no-cost business advising and resources.
We also have recorded and live webinars available for free. Here are a few that can help you in your funding venture.