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Different Types Of Business Loans

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As you are focused on getting your small business up and running, finding a source of financing for your small business will be a concern. You need to be able to consider your options and to figure out what type of loan or grant will work and what you can afford. Getting your financial records in order is one of the best things that you can do as it will allow you to show a bank that you are organized but also that you are planning to put the money to good use and you have a strategy of how to repay the money you borrow.

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15 types of business loans

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Did you know there are more than fifteen types of business loans available to small businesses? Understanding your options can help you to make an educated decision about financing, and will likely help you be more likely to qualify. The following is a brief look at the fifteen most common types of business loans:

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Understanding business loan options

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If you want to get a business loan, it is absolutely crucial that you have a firm understanding of the various available loan products, which will best serve your business, and which banks are the best to approach about lending for that loan type.

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Term business loans

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If you are getting a business loan, it is important to understand the various types of loans available, and what those loan types mean for you. Will you have a revolving loan, such as a line of credit, or a fixed, term loan? The following is a look at term business loans, and what they will mean for your business:

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Small business loan interest rates

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Money and finance are a big part of small business. You have to have cash flow to survive in business. When you run into cash flow problems, you have to be able to get some funding to help you through. This funding typically comes in the form of a loan. Understanding the business loans that are available to small businesses, and the interest rates that come with them is very important. The following is a summary of the various small business loan types, and the typical interest rates they carry. While the list is not totally inclusive, it does cover the basics of the loans available to most small business owners, and will allow you to see what kind of spectrum there is in the loan interest rate world.

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Loan types

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Here’s what you should know:
1. There are fewer small business loans being awarded these days.
2. Most lenders specialize in certain loan types.
3. Not all business loans are going to be right for your business.
4. Interest rates vary based on the loan type and whether or not the loan is secured or unsecured.

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What you will need for a small business loan

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The current economic climate seems to indicate that small businesses will find it impossible to get a business loan. However, while it may be difficult it won’t be impossible to get a business loan if you are a small business owner who is willing to put in some work and take some time preparing. Whether you are the owner of a small business or a mega corporation savvy business owners will take the time prepare what they need to obtain the financing they are seeking. This is especially crucial for small business owners who may have a limited business credit history and little collateral. However, if you are willing to do the necessary preparation you can obtain the business loan you are looking for. Here is what you will need for a small business loan-

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Tips that can help you get a loan for your small business

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Many small business owners despair in this economic climate of their chances of getting a small business loan. However, while there is no denying that it can be difficult to get a small business loan it still isn’t impossible. Savvy small business owners who are intent on getting financing from a lender will make sure that they are well prepared before they enter the loan application process. This preparation will include:

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What you will need for a small business loan

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At some time in the business lifecycle most small business owners find that they need to seek out additional financing. Often small business owners look to debt financing in order to get the working capital that they need. However, in today’s tightened lending market it can be a lot more difficult to get a small business loan. The reality of getting a small business loan boils down to the small business owner has taken the time to get the right documentation together and has found the most effective way to present him or herself. The bottom line is that in order to improve your bottom line with a small business loan you will need to do specific tasks. Here is what you will need for a small business loan-

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Requirements for a small business loan

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Most small business owners find that at some point they need to seek out additional financing. Debt financing (business loans), is the most often used type of financing for small businesses. However, it has become much more difficult to secure this type of business financing especially for small businesses that may not have a extensive credit history or collateral. This makes it critical that when a small business owner goes to apply for a business loan that he or she has all of the right documentation and paperwork prepared in advance. When you have taken the time to make sure that you are presenting your small business (and yourself), in the best possible light you are increasing the chances that you will walk away with the loan that you need. While every lender is different here are some of the basic requirements for a small business loan-

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Requirements for a small business loan

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Most small business owners find that at some point they need to seek out additional financing. Debt financing (business loans), is the most often used type of financing for small businesses. However, it has become much more difficult to secure this type of business financing especially for small businesses that may not have a extensive credit history or collateral. This makes it critical that when a small business owner goes to apply for a business loan that he or she has all of the right documentation and paperwork prepared in advance. When you have taken the time to make sure that you are presenting your small business (and yourself), in the best possible light you are increasing the chances that you will walk away with the loan that you need. While every lender is different here are some of the basic requirements for a small business loan-

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Small business SBA loans

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If you are a small business who will ever want or consider getting any kind of loan or financing, it is important to understand SBA small business loans, and what they can do for you. SBA does not offer direct loans to small business owners. However, they partner will lenders to make it easier for small businesses to get loans. SBA guarantees a percentage of the loan, and structures the loans in order to make them more affordable for borrowers, and less risky for lenders.

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SBA loan program

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SBA loan programs are some of the best loan programs available to small businesses that are looking for ways to get financing. SBA loan programs vary from disaster relief loans, to refinancing programs, and everything in between. The SBA looks for ways to encourage community and economic growth, and set up specific programs with specific purposes to help address very specific financing needs. Here are a few SBA loan programs, who they serve, and what they do.

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SBA loan lender

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An SBA loan lender is a commercial lender that provides SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses in their communities. SBA loan lenders are partners with the SBA that provide funding to borrowers in order to promote economic growth and job creation. The SBA backs these loans in order to reduce the risk to lenders, and make life easier for small businesses.

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SBA disaster loans

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The SBA is on small business owner’s side, and are doing what they can to be aware of the unique and specific challenges small business owners face, and help them find solutions to those problems. One problem that they have seen more and more in recent years is small businesses being negatively effected by natural disasters. Small businesses are losing inventory, customers, physical property and real estate, and so much more due to declared disasters, and are not in a financial position to recoup their losses, or qualify for financial help. Thus, the SBA created the SBA disaster loans program. This is set up to provide loans to small businesses that are affected physically, economically, or both by natural disasters. They are in place to cover the uninsured and under-insured losses, as well as economic injury caused by a declared natural disaster, such as a Tsunami.

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SBA ARC loan

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As part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ARC loans were created by SBA. These are loans that provide financial assistance to businesses who are experiencing short-term problems that are making it financially difficult to meet obligations. These loans help business facing temporary financial hardship to retain jobs, and stay in business.

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SBA 504 loan program

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The SBA’s 504 loan program is a great opportunity for small businesses to get the loans they need, while also promoting economic development in their community. The 504 loans are contingent upon job retention and creation, and have some very specific structure in order to encourage economic growth in the communities in which the businesses reside.

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SBA 504 loan application

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In order to apply for an SBA 504 loan, start by downloading the official SBA 504 application off the SBA website, SBA.gov. You will want to start at page one, and work your way through all twelve pages, taking your time to be thorough and provide all that is asked for.

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SBA 504 loan

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If your business needs to get a new space, buy equipment, machinery, or any other major fixed asset, modernize your building, or expand in order to keep up with demand, an SBA 504 loan may be what you need. This is a loan program set up by the SBA to help small businesses get the funding they need in order to acquire major fixed assets, to expand, or to modernize.

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SBA 7 a loan program

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The SBA has a number of loan programs available to help small businesses obtain financing for a variety of reasons, from debt and equity financing, refinancing, and more. They offer various loan programs to address the specific needs of the small business community, and help them overcome some of the financing challenges they face due to be small businesses. The SBA 7 (a) loan program is a great program set up to help small businesses that fit specific categories get financial help.

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SBA 7 a loan guarantee

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SBA’s main loan program is the SBA 7 a loan programs, and these come with the SBA 7 (a) loan guarantee. This is a great loan program for small businesses to apply for as it reduces lender risk, and improves borrowing terms. It is structured so as to be both affordable and doable for both the lender and the borrower. SBA 7 a loans are generally for the small businesses that are unable to obtain reasonable terms and funding elsewhere. They can be for start-up small businesses or existing small businesses, and carry a guarantee based on the amount borrowed.

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SBA 7 a loan application

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When applying for an SBA 7 (a) loan it is important to understand what is required for application. Although the SBA has streamlined most of the 7 (a) loan application processes, you still need to provide the lender with a variety of statements and documentation before they will consider you for a loan, even an SBA guaranteed loan.

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Qualifying for an ARC loan

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ARC loans are short term loans that are to help business meet financial obligation during a rough spot. Each business can only ever receive one ARC loan, and the maximum amount is $35,000. The loan can be used to pay the payments on existing business loans, principal and interest, to consolidate debt, and meet financial obligations over a six month period.

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Minority small business loan grants

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If you are a minority run business, you can get small business loans set aside specifically for you by SBA. This can mean getting funding and financing that may be more difficult to get approved for otherwise. SBA has set up the MBDA which is the Minority Business Development Agency, to help minority small business to develop and grow by getting the funding they need to do so. These funds are offered in two forms, loans and grants. The SBA does not make the loans, rather they guarantee them, making the risk less for lenders, encouraging them to lend to Minority business owners.

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How to get SBA loans

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An SBA loan is a loan provided by an SBA partner, structured according to SBA regulations, guaranteed to a percentage by SBA, and provided to small businesses that meet SBA eligibility requirements. That means that in order to get SBA loans, you have to-

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How to get business loans for women

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In order to get a business loan as a woman, you have to meet certain criteria set up by SBA, but if you do so, there are funds set aside just for women owned businesses to help them succeed. The reason being that woman business owners are considered a minority or underserved community, and thus SBA works to help them get the representation and funding needed to help them compete with other businesses, succeed, create jobs, and bolster the economy.

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How to apply for a small business loan

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Small business loans are often a necessary part of business growth and development. In order to succeed, cash flow is needed, and sometimes that means getting financing. In order to apply for a small business loan guaranteed by the SBA, you have to meet eligibility requirements, fill out the proper applications, and apply to SBA partnered lenders. Here are some of the things you will need in your loan package:

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Disaster Recovery Loans

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SBA is offering disaster recovery loans to help businesses that suffer damage or economic loss due to a certified natural disaster. There seems to be more and more of them over the past few years. The physical and economic disasters caused by these natural disasters have lead to a number of businesses going out of business or struggling to make ends meet. The SBA is providing disaster recovery loans to make that easier. These loans are low interest, and can be used to repair or replace real estate, property, machinery, inventory, equipment, business assets, and other things destroyed by declared disasters.

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Advantage loan initiatives

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Are you a small business in an underserved community? Are you a woman-owned business, or a minority business? If so, you need to learn about the Advantage Loan Initiatives, which the SBA rolled out in February 2011. They pulled out two new loan advantages to increase the number of loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs in underserved communities.

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What you will need to get a small business loan

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One of the biggest challenges that any small business faces, is getting the financing they need. Most often this type of financing comes in the form of a small business loan. The reality is that in this difficult lending environment, it often comes down to how well a business owner presents him or herself, as to whether they get the business loan they are seeking. This means that small business owners who make the effort to present themselves in the best possible way, and have the right documentation, are the ones who are most likely to leave the bank with a loan approval. There are specific tasks that can help you get the business loan that you are seeking. Here is what you will need to get a small business loan-

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What you need to get a loan for your small business

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A few years ago a small business owner could simply walk into their community bank (where he or she probably knew the bank president), apply for a loan, and have it approved before they left for lunch. Those days of easy financing are not over. If a small business owner wants to obtain a business loan, he or she must now be prepared to put in serious time and effort, to even prepare to apply for a business loan. If you fail to make the necessary preparations, before you even approach the bank, you will quickly and summarily be sent on your way, without any even being considered for a loan. Before you meet with your lender, there will be several items that you will need to have with you. Keep in mind that you want to be able to present yourself in the best possible way, in order to be seriously considered, as a potential borrower. Here is what you need to get a loan, for you small business-

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The true costs of start-up loans

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Starting a business is not an easy process but when you are trying to acquire financing for your business, it can be a big challenge. Lenders are less than happy to offer loans right now and you can find that it can take a lot out of you to look for a loan and a big hit to your credit rating at the same time. Borrowing from other sources besides lenders may be your best option as you will be able to get better repayment terms.

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Getting a loan for your small business

manwithmoneyfan34926870.jpgAt some point in the business life cycle (usually sooner rather then later), most small businesses need a loan. For many small businesses securing a business loan can be one of the most difficult challenges that they face. This can lead to a great deal of frustration since most small businesses find that they are facing a constant shortage of funds, with an ever growing list of demands, for their small business. However, if you can secure business financing it can go a long way toward helping your small business grow and flourish. Here is some information that you need to know about getting a loan for your small business-

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Things you need to get a small business loan

money30743392.jpgGone are the days of walking into your local bank, sitting down with a loan officer, and working out the terms of business loan over a handshake. If you are a small business owner who is looking for additional business financing, the first thing you need to realize is that how well you plan, will be the key factor, as to whether you get a business loan or not. By planning and being well-prepared before you meet with your lender, you will stand a much better chance of securing the business loan you need. Lenders will be looking closely at several different factors, and if can show them the information they want to see, they are much more likely to consider you a good risk. Here are the things you need to get a small business loan-

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Unsecured vs. Secured Business Loans

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As a small business there will be times when you need to borrow money. This may be for working capital, expansion, etc. Choosing between unsecured and secured business loans is not always easy. Here is some information about the two types of business loans, to help you better determine what is best for your small business.

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Requirements to acquire a loan through the SBA

accountant37004113.jpgIf you have made the decision to start your own business, you will need to make the decision to work hard to make the business attractive to lenders. You want lenders to feel that this is a risk-free investment and that they will be able to acquire great profit from your company. To do this, you have to do your homework and you must be able to show lenders what they want to see in order to have a desire to invest in your company.

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Preparing a written loan proposal

signhere22475317.jpgTo apply for a loan you will need to create a written loan proposal. A loan proposal will allow you to tell the lender why you deserve a loan and how you will be able to repay the money that is leant to you. The way the loan proposal is organized and the way in which it is presented will be able to show the lender why you are a trustworthy investment and why they should consider taking a risk on your company. Here are the things you want to follow when you are preparing a written loan proposal.

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Why you need to make a banker your friend?

seriousmansitting26668358.jpgSmall business owners have so many obstacles against them that it can be frustrating and challenging to get lenders to offer any type of financing to them. Making friends with lenders will help you get a loan as the lender may be able to overrule some of their company's policies pertaining to lending money to new business owners. Not only will it benefit your business to make friends with bankers to acquire loans but it can also help you with other important business needs like opening your bank accounts, credit cards and other essential accounts.

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What you need to know about getting a small business loan

manwithmoneyfan34926870.jpgAt some point most small businesses, need a loan. This could be to get the operating capital for business startup, or to finance an expansion. It is important to keep in mind that whether you're approaching a bank, or a friend for a small business loan, the lender will have the same expectations. You will need to be able to satisfy these expectations, if you are looking to get that loan. In preparing for your business presentation, it can be helpful to put yourself on the other side of the desk for a moment. Remember that if you were being asked for a loan, you would want to know exactly why he or she, wanted the money, and what the chances were that he or she, would repay the loan in full and on time. Make your preparation from that point of view. The first step is to gather together the documents that will help persuade the lender that a small business loan is necessary and that you are a good risk. You will need the following documents:

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Commercial real estate loan

manatdesk19160745.jpgA commercial real estate loan allows businesses to purchase land, buildings, or other property in order to gain business credit. Commercial real estate loans use the property being bought as collateral against the loan. Unlike the process for home mortgages though, approvals for commercial loans are based on the property you're interested in buying. You'll need a solid business plan in place and careful professional evaluation of the property to receive funding. Small business owners have a great opportunity to acquire a commercial real estate loan and build their business empire.

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Small business credit cards

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  • Interest rate

  • Annual fees

  • Limit

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Improve your chances of acquiring small business loans

portfolio37194029.jpgStarting a small business is impossible without a small business loan. Acquiring the seed money for your small business can be extremely difficult as lenders will review a number of things like your personal credit, business plan, and even your education. Here are some tips on how you can acquire small business loans.

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The benefits of small business microlending

moneyexplodingoutofbriefcase30891474.jpgMoney is absolutely essential for your business to stay afloat. Many businesses are having a hard time getting the necessary funding with the economic crisis in full swing and while banks are gun shy and don't want to lend as much money to businesses in need. If you are a small business in need of money, then one of the methods you can consider is microlending. Here is a look at the different options you have with small business microlending.

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Getting a small business loan

bills39158685.jpgGetting a small business loan takes a lot of time and preparation. This article discusses some of the essential information that a future small business owner needs to know in order for them to get a small business loan.

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How to get funding for your small business

money30389666.jpgThe money that a future business owner needs to begin their small business or to keep it running can be available to them in several forms. The important thing is that the business owner-or future business owner-knows how to get that money. This article discusses how a business owner can get funding for their small business.

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SBA basic section 7(a)

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SBA basic section 7(a) loan guarantee program components

Congratulations on starting up your own small business. Of course there are a lot of things that you need to do as a new business owner. One of those things may be to give your company a boost with a small business loan. The SBA basic section 7(a) loan guarantee program is designed to provide small businesses with financing opportunities with reasonable terms, while at the same time reducing the risk to lenders. Any such relationship is normally beneficial to all parties involved.

The SBA basic section 7(a) loan can be used for building or acquisition of property, expansion, renovation, machinery, equipment, furniture, refinancing debt and increasing working capital. Reasonable collateral or liens on personal assets will be required as they are available.

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Government grants and loans for your small business

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If you are starting up a small business, one of the first things you will need to secure is funding. There are many different avenues for funding your business, from small business loans to grants.

Government grants

Most people have seen all kinds of ads or television commercials promising government money to start their small or home businesses. These ads even feature people who claim to have gotten grants or tens of thousands of dollars free from the government after buying a "how-to" book.

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Getting top notch loans for your small business.

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If you're starting a business, chances are you're going to need to find out a way to fund it.

Also called commercial loans, business loans differ from residential loans in many ways, one being they are more difficult to obtain. A top notch loan for your small business would be one that is low interest.

As with all loans, your interest rate depends factors such as the industry of your company, how profitable it is, how long you've owned the company, and your experience with business or entrepreneurship will be some of the deciding factors of your interest rate as well.

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