Q. Should I get a loan from the SBA?
A. You can’t get a loan from the SBA, but you can get a SBA loan guarantee. Come again?
Well, first off, the SBA does not loan money, so you can’t get a loan from the SBA.
The SBA guarantees a large portion of the loan made by the bank. This means you have to negotiate two sets of paperwork and get two approvals before you get funded.
Q. What is the benefit of a SBA loan guarantee?
A. An SBA guarantee gives the bank the opportunity to fund a loan that doesn’t meet their commercial requirements. The SBA guarantees the bank will receive their funds even if the borrower, you, defaults on the loan. The guarantees range from 50 to 90% of the loan amount.
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