Obtaining Loans for Small or New Businesses
"When starting a company, consider an SBA-guaranteed loan. Under this program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guarantees a portion of a loan, often up to 85 percent, and enables a small business owner to qualify for attractive interest rates and financing options. For more information, go to www.sba.gov. Also research local small business loan programs. These programs may include loans with below-market interest rates or no origination fees. Start by contacting your state or local department of economic development."
Obtaining a Business Loan versus Using Your Credit Card
"Plan to borrow money with a business loan instead of using your personal credit card. "For some small business owners, particularly those at startup companies, a personal credit card may be their only or best option for financing expenses," said Luke Reynolds, an FDIC Community Affairs Specialist. "But for many owners, a business loan will be a much less expensive option," he said, because the bank loan will be secured by the business' property or equipment."