What makes an SBA loan different from a traditional commercial loan?

Contributed by Dawn DeRidder, Director of Government Guaranteed Lending

SBA vs Commercial Loan

Whether your company is looking to purchase a building, buy new equipment, or need working capital, most companies will look to their bank for financing options. But what options are available? There is traditional commercial lending, in which the company will usually put 20% - 25% down and the bank will finance the remaining cost for a term of 5 – 7 years for equipment, or 15 years for real estate. But what happens if your company doesn’t have 25% cash to put into the project? That’s where SBA lending can help!

SBA loans are different than traditional commercial loans because of their flexibility in cash injection, terms and collateral requirements. Here are the general differences, but keep in mind that each loan request is evaluated on its own merit:

SBA Loans
Commercial Loans

Utilizing SBA lending for your business needs can help save cash! With a lower down payment, you can retain more money in your company for every day cash flow needs. Longer term amortizations will result in lower payments, which will also help you save money.

If your company is ready for financing, consider the advantages of SBA lending to meet those needs

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