Small Business Financing Bad Credit

Joseph asks…

I want to buy small business, have bad credit. Anyone have any experience with grants?

I want to buy an established business but I need to seek alternaives to financing. Anyone tried to get grants? How hard is this to do? Does it work?

admin answers:

It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for a for-profit business. And yes, grants mean PAPERWORK – lots and lots of it, that is why a cottage industry of grant writers was born.

Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) and – these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.

Even if you buy books on “how to get grants” or list that supposedly has information on grants — all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently. But still the info is the same – hardly any grants for starting a for profit business.

Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website…

“The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments.”

Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business — THERE’S NONE.


Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. Minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT – Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program

Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women’s Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women’s business center that will train women entrepreneurs

For private grants, you may want to check the Foundation Center’s Foundation Grants for Individuals Online. It’s a subscription based website ($9.95 per month) but their opening blurb only says that the database is ideal for “students, artists, academic researchers, libraries and financial aid offices.” Entrepreneurs are apparently not one of them, so I take it they also don’t have listings of private foundations who give grants to would-be entrepreneurs.

Helen asks…

Where is the best place to get small business financing?

I just started a landscaping business about a year ago. I ran into very hard times in the fall and got behind on my payments which really screwed up my credit. Now I am full with jobs for almost this whole summer but I need a loan to combined all my loans into one to make it easier to make the payments but I can’t get a loan with my bad credit.

admin answers:

SBA – The SBA provides short- and long-term loans to eligible, credit-worthy start-ups and existing small businesses that cannot obtain financing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels.

Note, however, that SBA does not provide direct loans. Rather, the agency provides guarantees to loans availed through SBA’s partner lending institutions, which includes many community banks. The applicant must satisfy the lender’s requirements before he or she can ask for a guaranty from the SBA, unless the borrower is deemed prequalified based on the person’s character, credit, reliability and experience (prequalification is for loans $250,000 or less).

Read SBA’s qualification requirements:

Linda asks…

I need a small business loan but I have bad credit?

I have an opportunity to obtain a business that can be lucrative. The current owner has no idea how to operate it. The business is worth an estimated $500,000. He is asking $80,000 to get out of it. Problem is I don’t want to use my credit to finance the funds needed for the business. He has given me approval to use the business property as collateral. Any ideas?

admin answers:

Business Loans are getting tougher day by day as the market crash in Banking and Finance industry. But still in this time, I saw a lot of people getting getting business loan. Their secret being online loan lenders. There are lot of online business loan lenders willing to give you loan. So try to get in touch with them and explain them about the business plan and get the loan.
Below website will help you in getting a business loan.


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