Small Business Lenders are certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide guaranteed funding to small business owners. Due to the diversity of applicants and the different business types, the SBA partners with their lending partners to make it easier for small businesses to obtain funding for new start-ups. Their involvement has allowed small business owners to obtain loans for a longer term and thus reduce the monthly repayments incurred. This provides businesses with a longer period of time to mature and stabilize without having to bear the heavy burden of a large loan repayment amount.
With this, the SBA has appointed a list of a few thousand lending partners in every state to extend this facility to the general public. Of course, borrowers are still required to submit full-fledge loan application proposals to the lender with the difference being that the SBA is the guarantor for such loans. This typically means that if the borrower defaults than the risk of non-repayment will fall upon the SBA, as they will then be responsible for repaying the loan.
Additionally, the criteria set forth for small business loans make 90% of all businesses qualified applicants for these loans. Apart from that, businesses are not burdened with balloon payments and high interest rates, which would otherwise be offered by any other commercial lender. Furthermore, fixed rate loans and variable loans are available to business owners. Therefore, business owners have more options in deciding the type of loan that would be suited for their business.
The purposes of acquiring a small business loan are varied according to the situation of the business. Small business owners may obtain loans to purchase real estate for business expansion purposes, to provide cash flow to support a large project, to lease machinery to operate a business, to utilize as working capital or to purchase inventory. Whatever the reason may be, business loans are evaluated an approved by these micro lenders after thorough evaluation of the business background, viability and purpose. The only difference is that through the support of the SBA, they are more willing to give out loans, as their risk is minimal with repayments guaranteed by a government agency.