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The ultimate guide to applying for a small business loan

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The ultimate guide to applying for a small business loan

Does your business need an infusion of cash to help it grow? A business loan can provide you with the resources your business needs and offer an affordable payback plan.

Check your credit

Before you apply, check your personal and business credit health.

Personal credit scores range from 300-850. A score that falls in a range of 580-669 is fair, 670-739 is good, 740-799 is very good and 800-850 is exceptional.

Business credit scores are measured differently.

  • Experian uses Intelliscore Plus as its credit scoring model, with scores ranging from 1 to 100.
  • Equifax assigns each business a payment index score, which ranges from 0 to 100; a credit risk score ranging from 100 to 992 and a business failure score ranging from 1,000 to 1,880.
  • The D&B score, assigned by the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, ranges from 0 to 100.
  • Finally, the FICO Small Business Scoring Service score ranges from 0 to 300.

If your personal and/or business credit scores are low, work on improving them before applying for a loan.

Update your business plan

Be sure to have a comprehensive business plan to show a prospective lender. The plan should include details about how the company intends to use the funds, the anticipated increase in revenue and plans for repaying the loan.

Consider arranging supplemental collateral

Lenders prefer to reduce the risk of a borrower defaulting on a loan by securing collateral. For business loans, this usually takes the form of the company’s accounts receivable, equipment or other assets.

When applying for a business loan, you can offer additional collateral to the lender, such as personal assets like real estate. This will make you more likely to qualify for the loan and may bring down the interest rate on your loan.

Organize your personal and business documents

You’ll need the following documents and identifying paperwork to apply for a business loan:

  • Photo ID
  • Accurate monthly financial statements from the past two years
  • Business license
  • Any commercial leases
  • Business insurance plans
  • Payroll records
  • Incorporation documents
  • Current financial obligations
  • 3 months of bank statements
  • Personal and business tax returns
  • Collateral

Reach out to us

Before applying for your loan, we want to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to reach out to our small business lending department.

Remember that applying for a business loan through a credit union gives you several advantages over applying at a bank: personalized service, looser qualifying criteria and a competitive interest rate.

Submit your application

If you’re ready to apply for your loan, we want to work with you. Start your application online today!

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