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LINC tool

By Debbie Gregory.

This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will be launching an innovative tool on its website that will allow entrepreneurs looking for a small business loan to connect directly with an SBA lender.

The tool is called LINC, short for “Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital.” By filling out a short online form, LINC connects entrepreneurs to lenders within 48 hours. The SBA hopes that through the utilization of LINC, the federal agency will be better able to provide guidance and ensure that more capital is reaching our nation’s small businesses.

“Effective today, LINC will bring entrepreneurs and SBA lenders together,” said SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet.  She continued, “There’s a hunger among entrepreneurs to find financing to get their business off the ground or take the next big step in their expansion plan. The SBA stands there ready to help them, now with a few simple clicks.”

LINC users fill out a twenty-question online form, and their answers are sent to every lender in their county, as well as lenders with a regional or national reach. Once these lenders have reviewed the information, they respond directly to the entrepreneur within 48 hours. There are no fees and no commitment associated with LINC. It is a free federal initiative offered exclusively through the SBA

Contreras-Sweet went on to say, “Across the country, thousands of small business owners pound the pavement every day, looking for term loans, equipment financing, lines of credit, invoice financing, and real estate loans to help them hire and grow. If you have a bankable business idea backed by good credit and sound financial planning, the SBA wants to streamline the process for you to get the capital you need.”

It is the hope of the SBA that LINC will free entrepreneurs from feeling like their only lending option comes from one neighborhood bank. By using technology, LINC will help entrepreneurs get their foot in the door at multiple institutions, in one shot, and improve their access to the capital they need to start or maintain their small business.

Currently, there are 124 lenders across the nation participating in LINC. The SBA will look to expand into more traditional banking institutions that offer a more diverse menu of financial products.

For more information about LINC or to connect with SBA approved lenders, please visit https://www.sba.gov/tools/linc

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBA Launches Program Connecting Entrepreneurs to Lenders: By Debbie Gregory

VAMBOA Fresno Office WorkshopVeterans Small Business Week will be observed this year November 3-7, 2014. Many district offices of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be holding events and seminars to mark the occasion.

California Veterans should be aware that the Fresno SBA District Office is offering a special workshop for Veterans and their spouses who are interested in starting a new small business or expanding their current business.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 9am until noon, at the SBA Fresno District Office in Fresno, CA.

By attending the event, Veteran entrepreneurs can learn about the multitude of SBA programs, including programs for small loans on home-based businesses, to multi-million dollar loans for real estate and manufacturing. Participants will also receive education on the SBA loan programs created specifically for Veterans and their spouses. The information will be provided by an experienced SBA loan officer and a local SBA lender.

The Veterans Small Business Week workshop will also cover government contracting. Participants can learn how to become a certified Veteran Owned Small Business, and find out how obtaining this designation can provide their company with a significant edge over their competition when trying to win bids for federal, state, and local government contracts. This information will be provided by a fellow Veteran who is also a former Small Business Owner, and now the SBA Veteran Business Officer.

The event is free to Veterans and their spouses. Space is limited, so interested entrepreneurs must register in advance by calling William Hori at (559) 487-5791 or emailing fresno@sba.gov. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities, if requested at least one week in advance of the program by using the same contact information.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBA Provides Special Veteran Workshop in CA: By Debbie Gregory

SBA extends loan programsRecently, the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that fee relief for small business loans made to Veterans will be extended through fiscal year 2015, and that programs for its Veterans Advantage program will be enhanced.

Last year, the SBA implemented its zero-fee loans for Veteran owned small businesses on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less. This benefit was supposed to expire on September 30, 2014. The continuation of the loan relief was slated to extend from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

“We zeroed out fees on loans of less than $150,000 to any 7(a) borrower because we don’t want SBA fees to be an impediment to getting capital out to communities where it can make a game-changing difference, especially to our underserved communities, who use these small dollar loans more frequently,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “We also owe a debt of gratitude and so much more to our service men and women, and veterans who are the cornerstone of small business ownership. This fee relief will continue to help veterans business owners who grow their businesses, create jobs in their communities, and put their training and passion for our country to work in their neighborhoods.”

As of the middle of September, the SBA had guaranteed more than 28,800 loans under $150,000 for a total of over $1.74 billion in FY 2014. These totals are up from FY 2013, when the SBA guaranteed $1.34 billion for 23,337 loans under $150,000.

For loans larger than $150,000, the SBA will continue to offer an annual servicing fee at 0.519% of the guaranteed portion of the outstanding balance of the loan. The upfront guarantee fee will continue to depend on both the amount and the maturity of the loan.

The SBA will also continue to offer zero upfront guaranty fee on all SBA Express loans to veterans, on loans of $150,000 up to $350,000 through FY2015.

One of the other enhancements that the SBA is implementing is the upfront guaranty fee for non “SBA Express” loans $150,000 up to $5 million, which will be reduced by 50%. There is no reduction on the annual servicing fee for loans over $150,000.

The SBA determined that 70% of its loans made to Veterans are $350,000 or less. In FY 2014, the SBA had guaranteed 153 loans for $38,861,900 through its Veterans Advantage program. Fee relief for these loans resulted in savings to borrowers of about $571,000.

For further information on all SBA programs and services, visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov, or contact your local SBA field office.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!

VAMBOA: SBA Extends Loan Programs: By Debbie Gregory

SBA Georgia District Office

 The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help your small business get bonded!  Please join us if your small business has:

  •        Limited Financial Resources
  •        No Prior Bonded Work Experience
  •        Been in Business Less Than Three Years
  •        Desire to Increase its Current Bonding Capacity

Join us for an AT&T Connect Webinar discussing:

Contract Bonds

  • What they are and Why they are Required
  • How to Get Pre-Qualified
  • Working Capital & Bank Support

 SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program

  • Program Eligibility
  • Required Information
  • Application Process & Fees

 Registration is required.  Please register online at http://events.sba.gov/eventmanagement/eventlisting.aspx?state=GA  Events are listed in date order

Date:                    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time:                    10:00 am – 11 am

Location:             VIRTUALLY 

Access:        https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=87462470 (copy the link into your browser to attend).

Dial:            (888) 858-2144 & enter meeting code 7462470# to connect by phone.

Prepare in advance for the conference at: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/Prepare

For more information contact Ms. Melanie Bryant at 404/331-0100 ext 603 or melanie.bryant@sba.gov.

Business Loans 101

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SBA Georgia District Office

Who:  Minorities, women,disabled, and veteran; existing and prospective small business ownerswelcome.

When: Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5, 8:00 am ‐ 2:30 pm

 Where: KSU Center at Kennesaw State University, 3333 Busbee Drive Kennesaw, GA 470.578.6450.  For more information contact Carole Arnold, Program Coordinator

Cost: Only $89 for both days, including breakfast, networking lunch and all materials. Click here to register.  http://www.colescollege.com/sbdc

The Georgia SBDC Credit School:  Business Loans 101 for Women, Minorities, Veterans and the Disabled

In 2013, the Georgia SBDC network helped small business owners obtain over $155,000,000 in capital infusion. The Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has utilized its lending expertise, knowledge of SBA and other loan programs, loan packaging skills, and banking relationships to develop The Credit School, a “business loan 101 guide” specifically designed for minorities, women, veterans and the disabled.

Here’s your opportunity to learn from Georgia SBDC experts who have already helped thousands get business loans. This innovative program is an intensive two‐day workshop that will teach you everything you need to know about getting a business loan – from start to finish.

Georgia SBDC Consultants from around the state will show you how to tap into business loan sources including:

·         what SBA loans are, how they work and how to get one

·         impact of negative personal credit and what to do about it

·         how bankers think and why it matters

·         how other small business owners successfully got funded

·         commercial bankers, SBA lenders and certified development companies who have loaned to small businesses