What disqualifies you from getting an SBA loan?
According to SBA.gov eligible businesses must operate for profit, operate in the United States or its territories, have equity to invest in the business, and attempt to secure financing through an alternative source first like from a bank. There is also a list of details that can render a business or person ineligible from receiving an SBA loan. Some of these include specific industries that are ineligible like gambling, lending, or illegal activities. And personal ineligibilities like if you've defaulted on a federal loan before or you have a criminal record including any felonies which can complicate the process of attaining an SBA loan.
How long do you have to own a business to get a loan?
Many lenders will require for a business to be in operation for at least a year or perhaps even longer to be considered for a business loan. This is often because they will want to review some business tax returns during the application process. SBA microlenders are a good option for businesses that are brand new or less than a year old when needing a business loan.
What is the credit score requirement for an SBA 7a loan?
There is technically not a minimum credit score required for an SBA 7a loan, but the applicants credit score does significantly impact the likelihood of approval depending on the other strengths of your loan application and why certain blemishes may exist on your credit report. However, most SBA 7a lenders are also banks or have other lending programs which may require a certain credit score which the lender may apply to all lending programs. Often times a credit score of 640 or higher is necessary, but not required.
How much of a down payment do I need for a SBA loan?
Down payment amounts when trying to get an SBA loan may differ based upon the lender you are applying with and the strength of your specific loan application. Typically the minimum requirement by SBA standards is 10% but this could be higher based upon lender requirements or the predicted risk of your application. Also, different SBA loan types can have different down payment requirements.