As you talk with potential lenders, it`s good to remember that they are mostly interested in getting paid back and their perception of the risk associated with that. Credit history (including credit score) is one item that affects their perception of risk. The amount of assets available - is another. So is experience and the plan (perhaps not as much as the credit history -but important).
Lenders need to lend money, but because of the relatively low return - they can`t stand many losses. The better you can do at reducing the perceived risk - the better your chance to get the loan.
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Here are two more recent additions to my blog you might find helpful. One is on the new SBA loan program targetting veterans entitled Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative .
Check out the link to Black Enterprise`s Top Bank List in my posting entitled Access to Capital for African American Businesses.
Thank you Marshall. I have been checking this new thing out for the past week! I spoke with a Veteran Rep, and he said I could get $25k loan with no collateral, it just has to be under 25k. My only question would be: Do they still go by your credit scores, like the SBA, to determine eligibility? The only elig requirements that I have read was about being a vet, serv member etc.
I am sooooooo ready to get started!!
Yesterday`s LA Times article on the Patriot Express program suggests that U.S. Bank may provide loans up to $100 thousand without collateral. If U.S. Bank is not providing loans in Georgia, perhaps with a bit of detective work you can find another bank with a similar appetite.
My thoughts on the LA Times article are posted here in More on SBA`s Patriot Express.
Thanks for your call today - I enjoyed chatting with you!