Your Questions About Sba

Daniel asks…

What are the chances of getting approved for an SBA loan when I do not have a house or stocks as collateral?

I am trying to start up a business, and need to apply for a 150,000 business loan. I do not own a house or stocks that banks look for as collateral. However, I do have a very detailed business plan and $25,000 to spend in cash. What are the chances a bank would approve of a loan. Are there any grants available for start up businesses through SBA? Are Venture Capitalist a good option or last resort?

admin answers:

Your chances are not good.

If you have no collateral and you have no experience in this type of business, oftentimes banks will not even look at your business plan. Even SBA will look for collateral as SBA loans come from banks as well though it is not the only factor (plus you’re a little short of the 20% personal guarantee that SBA looks for)

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.”

Venture capitalists focus more on established businesses, but unless you know someone who provides seed capital, then try. But remember, venture capitalists will take some of the ownership from you

Lizzie asks…

Can a LLC Get a SBA loan without using personal financial info?

My company is currently a very small sole proprietorship that I operate out of my basement. I want to expand it by leasing office space, adding more dollars for advertising etc. If I change my structure to a LLC will I be able to get a SBA loan without using my ss# and personal financial information? Also, I would like to use my house for collateral, is that possible?

admin answers:

Unfortunately, no
Your personal credit information is critically important to the decision

Lisa asks…

Will SBA or SCORE tell me what to do to start a business ?

I want to know if SBA or SCORE will tell me what permits i would need to get and anything else i would need to do to open up for business here in texas. I know what i want to do (food establishment) and have a place leased but now what? I don’t know what paper work i need to do or where to get it. I don’t know how to do the taxes or what it takes to hire someone. Is the SBA or SCORE a good place to get headed in the right direction or are they there just to help you get a loan?

admin answers:

SBA is very helpful. The below website has a business plan section that will answer many of your questions, or at least point you in the right direction. Good luck on your new business.


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