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SBA Loans

The SBA-Bank of Las Vegas relationship.

Bank of Las Vegas offers loans to help established businesses grow and expand. Because the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides government guarantees, it's easier for Bank of Las Vegas, to offer financing to rapidly growing businesses.

Can you use an SBA loan?

If you have a growing business, SBA financing can help you to:

  • Purchase or renovate real estate. Purchase or upgrade real estate to operate your business, construct a business facility or make improvements to an owner-occupied property.
  • Purchase fixed assets. Includes assets such as heavy machinery or specialized equipment.
  • Borrow working capital. Manage day-to-day cash flow and purchases.

Features and benefits

SBA loans often offer important advantages over traditional business loans:

  • Lower down payment requirements. Higher loan-to-value ratios allowed by SBA loans make qualifying easier. You can borrow up to 90% of your business financing needs, preserving working capital.
  • Longer repayment terms. SBA repayment periods are longer than those of conventional bank loans. This makes your monthly loan payment more affordable, helping to improve your cash flow. Extended terms are available for loans depending on purpose of the loan whether it is for:
    • Working capital
    • Equipment
    • Commercial real estate
  • Projected income consideration. For SBA loan qualification, projected income of a business (not just historical cash flows) is considered. This may be particularly advantageous if your business is growing.
  • No balloon payment. SBA Express loans are fully amortized, with no balloon payments at the end of the loan. This eliminates the need to apply for a new loan and incur new fees at the end of the loan term.
  • Fixed or variable rates.

Qualifying for an SBA loan

To qualify for an SBA loan, your business must be:

  • Owner operated
  • For profit
  • Organized as a sole-proprietorship, corporation or professional partnership
  • Conform to SBA guidelines for small business size

And

  • Unable to secure conventional credit under reasonable terms

Note: Ineligible businesses include, but may not be limited to, those that engage in speculation, investment or lending, illegal activities, gambling, or multi-sales distribution.

Even though the SBA-qualifying standards are more flexible than other types of loans, you must still meet some criteria and demonstrate ability to repay the loan on time. The following criteria is what Bank of Las Vegas looks for in a potential SBA borrower:

  • Demonstrated management ability/experience
  • Creditworthiness as evidenced by an acceptable business and personal credit history
  • Adequate investment.
  • Ability to repay based on projected cash flows and profits
  • Adequate collateral, which can consist of:
    • Real estate and improvements up to 90% of the appraised value.
    • Machinery and equipment up to 80% of cost (or of appraised value and economic life for used equipment).
    • Accounts receivable and inventory depending on the marketability of inventory and prior collection history of receivables.
    • Personal guaranties. Parties with a 20% or more ownership are required to guarantee the loan.

Preparing a loan proposal

Once you've decided which SBA program is right for you, you may need to prepare a loan proposal. SBA Express loans do not generally require a written loan proposal.

You will be asked to provide information about yourself, other owners/guarantors, and your company. A complete, well-organized presentation will expedite your loan approval process. Your lender will need the following documentation to evaluate your loan request:

  • Business profile. A document describing type of business, annual sales, number of employees, length of time in business and ownership.
  • Loan request. A description of how loan funds will be used. Should include purpose, amount and type of loan.
  • Collateral. Description of collateral offered to secure the loan, including equity in the business, borrowed funds and available cash.
  • Business financial statements. Complete financial statements for the past three years and current interim financial statements.
  • Personal financial statements. Statements of owners, partners, officers and stockholders owning 20% or more of the business.

The strength and accuracy of your financial statements will be the primary basis for the lending decision, so be sure that yours are carefully prepared and up-to-date. The most important documents in your financial statements are:

  • Balance sheets from the last three fiscal year-ends.
  • Income statements revealing your business profits or losses for the last three years.
  • Cash flow projections indicating how much cash you expect to generate to repay the loan.
  • Accounts receivable and payable agings, breaking your receivables and payables in to 30-, 60-, 90- and past 90-day old categories.
  • Personal financial statements from you and your business partners listing all personal assets, liabilities and monthly payments, as well as your personal tax returns for the past three years.

SBA loan options

  • SBA 504 Loan Program
    • Provides long-term, fixed-rated financing for major assets such as owner-occupied land, buildings, machinery or capital equipment. Offers financing on total projects up to $5 million (combination of bank, SBA and borrower funds).
    • Low fixed-rate loans with terms up to 20 years.
Loan type:504 Loan
Description:Long-term fixed asset financing
Maximum loan amount:Total project cost up to $5 million (combination of bank, SBA and borrower funds)
Use of proceeds:Real estate, land, long-term equipment, construction or renovation

7(a) Program

7(a) loans are the most basic and most used type loan of SBA's business loan programs. Its name comes from section 7(a) of the Small Business Act, which authorizes the Agency to provide business loans to American small businesses.

7(a) loans are only available on a guaranty basis. This means they are provided by lenders who choose to structure their own loans by SBA's requirements and who apply and receive a guaranty from SBA on a portion of this loan. The SBA does not fully guaranty 7(a) loans. The lender and SBA share the risk that a borrower will not be able to repay the loan in full. The guaranty is a guaranty against payment default. It does not cover imprudent decisions by the lender or misrepresentation by the borrower.

SBA's 7(a) Loan Program has a maximum loan amount of $2 million dollars. SBA's maximum exposure is $1 million. Thus, if a business receives an SBA guaranteed loan for $2 million, the maximum guaranty to the lender will be $1 million or 50 percent.

Express Programs

SBA’s Express programs offer streamlined and expedited loan procedures for particular groups of borrowers.

Patriot Express

The Patriot Express Program is designed for small businesses that are 51 percent or more owned/controlled by veterans or members of the military community.