Community Business Finance provides businesses with fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets such as office buildings, retail buildings, warehouse facilities, heavy equipment, and commercial vessels. Projects are typically financed with two loans: a first lien loan through a commercial lending partner for 50% of the project cost and a second lien loan for 30% - 40% of the project cost, financed by Community Business Finance through the sale of a debenture bond. The borrower provides up to a 20% down payment, but typically only 10%.
Many lenders believe they have to be a certified SBA lender to offer any SBA loans. The truth is that the SBA does not require a lender to be certified to participate in the 504 Loan Program because these loans require partnership with a Certified Development Corporation. CDCs, such as Community Business Finance, are nonprofit organizations certified by the SBA to provide 504 loans to small businesses statewide.
The 504 Loan Program is a good financing choice for franchises. Since the SBA has streamlined the approval process for franchisees, it is easier than ever to get the financing needed, especially when entrepreneurs open multiple franchises. The down payment needed for a commercial bank loan is often too high, usually 20% of the project cost, for most borrowers to accommodate. The capital outlay for franchisees typically includes franchise fees, royalties, marketing fees, and sometimes required products.
Effective January 1, 2017, the SBA has changed the process for how SBA lenders finance franchise borrowers. The SBA says the purpose of the revisions is to "streamline the procedures" for determining whether a business qualifies as a small business when applying for an SBA loan. This change speeds up the loan process while minimizing the resources required by the SBA.
Alexander Graham Bell once said, "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." This applies to any aspect of life, but is especially true in business. For small business owners seeking financing for expansion or starting a business, being well prepared for the application process can mean the difference between success and failure. Fortunately, a powerful ally exists in Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).
Community Business Finance is committed to helping businesses achieve their dreams with our 504 Loan Program. We provide businesses with financing for major fixed assets such as office buildings, retail buildings, warehouse facilities, heavy equipment, and commercial vessels. Projects are typically financed with two loans: a first lien loan through a commercial lender for 50% of the project cost and a second lien loan for 30% - 40% of the project cost, financed by Community Business Finance. The borrower provides a 10% - 20% down payment.
Are you interested in the 504 Loan Program but unsure about what is involved? Community Business Finance's four-step loan process makes getting a 504 loan easier to understand. Our loan experts will navigate the entire process, from application through final funding, to make it as painless as possible for the borrower.
In part 1, we explain the application and approval process and initial funding. For even more information, visit our 504 School.
Community Business Finance prides itself on borrower and lender education. In the past, we have exposed many myths surrounding SBA loans in general and the 504 Loan Program specifically. For quick reference we have gathered three common myths together to uncover the truth about a lending program that Community Business Finance feels strongly supports small businesses and allows them to achieve their dreams.
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." - Galileo Galilei.
Community Business Finance is dedicated to borrower and lender education about the 504 Loan Program. Over the last 10 years, we've collected some of the more frequently asked questions from companies that we have proudly financed. These are five of the most common. For a more comprehensive list of questions and answers, visit our FAQ.
When searching for business financing, you are bound to have questions. We have collected some of the more frequently asked questions from companies that we proudly financed with Community Business Finance's 504 Loan Program.