Lenders who participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Preferred Lender Program can approve loans through the agency’s new Small Loan Advantage program beginning Feb. 15. At the same time, the agency will begin accepting applications from community-based, mission-focused lenders who are interested in making SBA-guaranteed loans through the new Community Advantage program.
Both the Small Loan Advantage and Community Advantage programs were announced in December as part of the agency’s efforts to increase the number of lower dollar loans being made to small businesses and entrepreneurs in underserved communities.
Every lender and lending program is different. However, there is basic documentation required for a successful loan application.
Basic documentation Information required:
Loan application. At a minimum, the loan application requires business and personal information, the amount, purpose and banking information (checking account). The purpose must be specific and supported with appropriate documentation.
Copies of the Business and Personal Income Tax Returns for past three years (must be signed.) Be aware that the lender will confirm with the IRS the accuracy of the tax return submitted.
Company financial statements for the past three years (include income statement and balance sheet.) Interim statements may be required.