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Temporary SBA 504 Loan Program Provides Working Capital for Small Businesses

July 19th, 2012 ::

By Maria Valdez Haubrich

Are you looking for cash or working capital to grow your small business? Then you should know about a temporary Small Business Administration (SBA) program that could help. As part of the Small Business Jobs Act passed in 2010, the SBA started a temporary program enabling small businesses to refinance eligible fixed assets through its 504 loan program without having to expand their businesses. This temporary refinancing program will expire on September 27, 2012, so now is the time to see if it can help your business.

Here are some of the benefits of the temporary 504 program:

  • Eligible small businesses can get below-market pricing and long term, fully amortizing fixed rate loans.
  • You can finance up to 90 percent of the property’s current appraised value.
  • In some cases, you can “cash out” proceeds from the refinancing to pay eligible business expenses, including payroll, inventory and accounts payable.

Eligible applicants for the 504 refinancing program must:

  • Show that their loans are current
  • Have made all required payments in the last year with no payments more than 30 days past due.
  • Debt to be refinanced must have been incurred at least two years before the date of the loan application

The temporary program is structured like SBA’s traditional 504 loan program (although it’s separate from that program). Small business borrowers work with third-party lending institutions and SBA-approved Certified Development Companies (CDCs) to get financing. The loan is typically made up of three parts:

  • A loan (or first mortgage) secured with a senior lien from a private-sector lender covering up to 50 percent of the project cost,
  • A second mortgage secured with a junior lien from an SBA-approved CDC covering up to 40 percent of the cost, and
  • A contribution of at least 10 percent equity from the small business owner.

For more details about the temporary 504 loan program, visit the SBA website and the 504 FAQs page.

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