Understanding. Getting. They might seem a bit unrelated, but in the context of a Canada government small business loan boy do they make sense. Let’s examine how SBL (small business loan) loans work in Canada. And won’t it make sense that understanding the process around this program will allow you to get approved and funded! We certainly think so.
We’ll examine how the SBL loan is evaluated in Canada, what your expectations should be, and provide you with a clear road map of business financing success with SBL loans.
Clients often come to us with experiences of frustration around the program. A common complaint is that whoever they have spoken to about getting approved for the loan seems disinterested at best. And don’t even start to talk to us about timeline, that’s the other frustration around the program. So is it the banks fault, or yours. Let’s examine who’s to blame.
First of all, some key basics on the program – since if you don’t know what it is you can’t deal with it, right? The Canada government small business SBL loan is the Canadian version of the U.S. ‘SBA’ program. In Canada it’s sponsored and regulated by INDUSTRY CANADA in Ottawa, but it’s actually the Canadian chartered banks that provide the financing for the program. Thousands (in 2010 over 7000) Canadian businesses are funded every year under this great program. The maximum loan amount is $ 350,000 and we can assure clients that rates, terms, structures, as well as the limited guarantee component is very appealing.
So back to the question ‘ who’s to blame’ when the program doesnt work for you. It is only common sense that the banks want to ensure that they adhere to the program guidelines. And it sure helps if you don’t have a bank that is unfamiliar with SBL loans. And if you run into a banker that is somewhat daunted by the paperwork details of the program that only complicates the situation.
So what is the take away then on this key point? It’s simply to find and work with a banker who is very familiar with the program. All you need to do is ask, and there’s even an easier way than that, which will comment on later.
Naturally we commiserate with the bank on applicants who arent prepared. We are guessing the Canadian chartered banks don’t make a ton of money on these loans, at the same time they require a fair bit of operating costs and reporting under the program.
Is there a way we can clearly summarize the road map for success under the small business loan SBL program? When credit trainees in any aspect of lending start their careers they are told to focus on the 3 C’s of credit extension character , capacity and capital.
It occurs to us that that are a great way to create your own mini road map on SBL approval. Demonstrate to the bank your business experience and personal credit rating, demonstrate in your business plan how your business will have the capacity to repay , and , with respect to capital, make sure you have the required 10% permanent equity down payment under your loan request.
Want a fast track to both understanding the Canada government small business loan program? Easy to do. Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can work with you and a top notch SBL banker to get you the business financing you need – quickly!