Here are some helpful links to the SBA.gov website
The 7(a) Loan Program, SBA’s most common loan program, includes financial help for businesses with special requirements.
- 7(a) Loan Program Eligibility
- Use of 7(a) Loan Proceeds
- 7(a) Loan Repayment Terms
- 7(a) Loan Amounts, Fees & Interest Rates
- 7(a) Loan Application Checklist
- 7(a) Loan Processing Time
- Special Types of 7(a) Loans
- Find A Lender
- Lender and Development CompanyLoan Programs- serv_sops_50105a.pdf0
- 504/7(a) Proposed Rule Comment Period
- SOP 50 10(5)Frequently Asked Questions- sop50105_faq
What does SBA offer to small business owners? The programs are many and varied, and the qualifications for each are specific. SBA can help facilitate a loan for you with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help you find venture capital. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance.
For some entrepreneurs, buying an existing business represents less of a risk than starting a new business from scratch. While the opportunity may be less risky in some aspects, you must perform due diligence to ensure that you are fully aware of the terms of the purchase.
Collateral is an additional form of security which can be used to assure a lender that you have a second source of loan repayment. Assets such as equipment, buildings, accounts receivable, and (in some cases) inventory are considered possible sources of repayment if they can be sold by the bank for cash. Collateral can consist of assets that are usable in the business as well as personal assets that remain outside the business. This collateral table [link to collateral table in Understanding the Basics/Collateral) shows how different forms of collateral are valued by a typical lender and SBA.
Placing a value on your business’s worth can be a difficult task with no clear path to an accurate answer. To be fair, there really isn’t one “right” way to value your business; however, there are probably several “wrong” ways that could get you into trouble. It is prudent to seek professional advice when trying to determine the best valuation method for your business , but even before you speak to an expert, you should have a good understanding of what can be a very complex topic.
Interested in buying a business overseas? Whether you’re looking to expand into new markets or are just planning on funding your retirement plans outside the U.S., there are a number of steps you should take to ensure your new venture goes smoothly. Everything from business practices; legal and regulatory requirements; navigating an international sale deal; and language and cultural differences will come into play.
What happens to your business if something happens to you? How can you retire without destroying the business you spent a lifetime to build? Your business may be your largest asset, and deciding what happens to it can impact your retirement income, your family’s wealth, and the life of the company after your departure. Even if you are only just starting out, these questions should be addressed now because the future is uncertain. Here are four ways to dispose of your company when you retire (or when you die).
These are some helpful video’s from SBA.gov