Having access, to financing is crucial for the growth and success of businesses. When it comes to funding options there are two choices; SBA loans and conventional bank loans.. What sets them apart?

What is an SBA Loan?

An SBA loan refers to a business loan that is backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) an agency. The SBA provides a guarantee on a portion of these loans, which gives lenders confidence in approving financing that may not meet their lending guidelines.

Here are some advantages of opting for an SBA loan;

  1. Lower down payments, low as 10%.
  2. Longer repayment terms, which can extend up to 25 years.
  3. Lower interest rates compared to options.
  4. Possibility of securing loan amounts.


What is a Traditional Bank Loan?

On the hand a traditional bank loan refers to any commercial loan offered by banks without any involvement, from the SBA. These loans are solely based on the lending criteria set by the bank for loan approval purposes. Some characteristics of bank loans include;

Typically you would need to provide a payment ranging from 20 30%.Repayment terms are usually shorter spanning from 2 to 7 years. Interest rates tend to be higher compared to SBA loans. The maximum loan amounts are generally lower.

Now lets discuss the differences, between these two financing options. The primary distinction lies in the SBA guarantee. This guarantee offers lenders flexibility. Encourages them to grant loans that may not meet a banks usual criteria for approval. As a result more small businesses have the opportunity to qualify for funding through an SBA loan even if they wouldn't be eligible for a bank loan

For business owners who have capital requirements or face challenges in meeting qualification criteria exploring SBA loans can open up potential funding opportunities. I recommend reaching out to an SBA specialist lender who can assess your circumstances and determine whether an SBA loan is the suitable option, for you.