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1. Myth: Banks are not making new business loans.

Reality: Banks are more selective in making a new loan or renewing a loan. Banks are risk adverse and thus the borrower must be better prepared to answer the questions the bank requires. We help businesses get start-up and expansion financing nationwide.

2. Myth: SBA loans are more difficult to get because of all their regulations.

Reality: Most banks like SBA guaranteed loans as it reduces their potential loan loss risk. If a bank makes a conventional loan its risk is 100%; however with an SBA loan guaranty that risk can be reduced to 25%.

3. Myth: It takes 6 months to get an SBA loan.

Reality: Only if you approach the bank without being properly prepared. If your business plan meets the bank's requirements; you have 25% to 30% of the total funds required of your own cash, you have a FICO credit score of 680+, you have related industry experience, your business plan answers the Who, What, When, Where and Why, and your monthly financial plan is realistic an SBA Preferred Lender can approve your loan in as little as 3 to 5 business days. If the bank is not a preferred lender they must submit the package to the SBA for approval and that can take 3 to 5 weeks. We help you prepare the business plan loan package the banks need to make a loan commitment and then we take it to a bank that's interested in making you the loan.

4. Myth: Using a software based business plan helps you create a good business plan.

Reality: Business plan programs have to be everything to everyone and thus they do not get you to focus on the critical questions a bank requires. Banks are not fazed by the razzle dazzle of fancy graphs and charts...they love cold hard facts.

5. Myth: The business banker was excited about my business plan and said the bank is anxious to make new business loans. Weeks later you receive a "sorry we cannot make the loan you requested"; what happened?

Reality: Often the business banker you first meet with is a business development officer -- think sales person. Their job is to take your business plan and perform a "light" review so they do a "new business report". They have no lending authority and your business plan goes to the bank's credit analyst for an in-depth review as to its feasibility. Banks compare your business plan financials to similar type businesses and if your plan is too optimistic or conservative it's rejected.

6. Myth: If one bank declines my loan request will all banks decline it?

Reality: Definitely not. If your business plan meets the bank's requirements; you have 25% to 30% of the total funds required of your own cash, you have a FICO credit score of 680+, you have related industry experience, your business plan answers the Who, What, When, Where and Why, and your monthly financial plan is realistic, a bank may still decline your loan. BUT they may decline your loan not because of your business but because they are risk adverse due to loan losses (won't do loans to startup businesses) or they have a large concentration of loans to your industry.

7. Myth: If you have a great business plan and it answers the Who, What, When, Where, and Why and you have the cash to invest, good credit and related industry experience, you still get funded.

Reality: Often it's because your lifestyle requires more income than your business can generate (especially if it's the first year of a startup business). If your current or last job provided you $100,000 of pretax income and your new business can at best provide $36,000 the first 2-3 years, where will the extra money come from to pay your lifestyle expenses?

8. Myth: Banks want you to have medical insurance.

Actually it's True: Why because if you or family members were to require health care and you did not have medical insurance, banks know that you would use the loan's working capital to pay the medical bills -- leaving the business not enough money to pay bills on time, buy inventory and marketing; a receipt for failure.

9. Myth: If you have 10% of the total funds required to open and operate your business and you have a solid business plan you will get funded.

Reality: Banks must minimize loan loss risk. Without 25% to 30% of your funds in the business the bank is effectively "buying" you a business. The bank would have nearly all of the risk and you would have all of the upside reward. The most the bank would get would be the interest if you were successful. Banks help you finance your loan but are not your equity partner!

10. Myth: SBA loans don't require collateral.

Reality: As a guideline the SBA only requires collateral on the loan if it's available. Banks are free to have more stringent requirements and most do. Most banks won't do an SBA loan without 25% to 75% of the loan collateralized. Conversely, most banks require conventional loans to be 100% to 150% collateralized depending on risk.

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