What You Need For A Small Business Loan | Fox Small Business Center

Business Plan: Anyone looking to secure a small business bank loan should have a business plan. The document provides a detailed explanation of what the business is and where the owner hopes to take it.The business plan should include: Executive Summary: A one-page explanation of the business, its goals, operations, marketing efforts, and revenue model is very important. In fact, it may be the only portion of the business plan that a loan officer will bother to read, so be sure that it is succinct. Business Description: What does the company do? How will it make a profit? Local Market and Competitive Landscape: Describe where the business will be based and who the target audience will be. Assess the competition as objectively as possible and then describe how you plan to differentiate your business. Product or Service: Explain how your product or service works.Highlight what makes your business one that will attract customers. Sales, Marketing and Promotion: Outline how you will inform the marketplace about your company and build awareness.Describe the marketing tools you will use, including a web site, advertising, public relations (traditional and social media), trade shows, sampling, sales promotions, etc. Management Team: Describe who will run the business and their experience level(s). Financial Data: Provide a break-even analysis, cash flow projection, sample balance sheet and profit-and-loss statements. Investment Information: Lenders want to know how much money the owners are putting into the company. If you are unwilling to invest much of your own money into it, investors will be wary about doing so. Provide an estimate of sales, revenues, and what type of return investors can expect. Appendices: Any research you have conducted, charts, graphs, logos, and other images. Personal Credit Report: Your lender will obtain your personal credit report as part of the application process. However, you should obtain a credit report from all three major consumer credit rating agencies before submitting a loan application to the lender. Inaccuracies and blemishes on your credit report can hurt your chances of getting a small business loan approved. Its critical you try to clear up any discrepancies before beginning the loan application process. Business Credit Report: If you are already in business, be prepared to submit a credit report for your company.It is important to review your business credit report before beginning the application process. A score of 650 or higher generally is considered a good score. If your business credit score is 600 or lower, you may have a difficult time securing financing from a traditional lender, such as a bank or credit union.
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