We are a progressive bank, technologically, and structurally. Our SBA team is a flat organization that functions as a true client partner enabling you to communicate directly with decision-makers.
SBA Loans, National Scope
At T Bank, our SBA team includes some of the industry’s leading professionals. With a combined experience in SBA lending in excess of 100 years, our well-seasoned team of experts can help you navigate SBA loan programs and products efficiently and successfully.
SBA (7a) loans: The mainstay of SBA financing programs, 7a loans can be used to finance real estate construction or acquisition, refinance eligible business debt, equipment, working capital, expansion, business acquisition, inventory, etc., and intangible assets. 7a Loans may be used for startups, expansion, and business acquisition. Loan maximum is $5 million.
SBA (504) loans: 504 Loans, used to finance the construction or purchase of commercial real estate and equipment, are comprised of two loans: 1) A Bank senior mortgage of 50% to 60% Loan to Value (LTV), and 2) An SBA guaranteed Debenture in second position originated by a licensed nonprofit Certified Development Corporation (CDC). In general purpose property, the borrower may inject as little as 10% equity and the CDC lends the remainder (up to 40%). One of the benefits of the 504 program is that the Debenture is a 20 year term with the note rate fixed for the life of the loan. Pre-payment penalties apply.
USDA B&I Loans: The purpose of the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities (generally, populations of 50,000 or less). This purpose is achieved by providing a guarantee for a portion of loans made by commercial banks and approved lenders. Loans may be used for owner occupied and tenant occupied real estate and for equipment.
Who We Are & How We Help
T Bank’s professional SBA team is well-versed in processing and funding loans like yours. No matter what type of business you own, if it’s SBA-sized, odds are good we have helped finance it!
We provide loans for any “For-Profit” business, with or without Real Estate.
Loans may be used for the following uses:
- Owner occupied real estate acquisition, refinance, expansion
- Construction experts- ground-up, remodel, leasehold
- Business acquisition
- Franchise financing
- Equipment, machinery
- Debt refinance
- Working capital
Industries In Which We Specialize
- Medical, dental, veterinary
- Private day care school
- Gas station, convenience store
- Car Wash
Our Loan Process will include some or all of the following phases:
- Optional preflight: Our credit professionals are available to talk about a preliminary financing transaction in concept or to strategize to find the best financing solution and structure.
- Prequalify: With some basic business and personal financial information, we will issue a loan proposal/term sheet. If it meets your approval, we gather the remaining financing application materials and a refundable deposit. Appraisals may be ordered at this stage to streamline and accelerate the closing.
- Application/Underwriting: In order to streamline and finalize the approval of your loan as quickly as possible, you should complete the T Bank application package early on. At this stage we will ask you to complete various bank and SBA forms, and to provide any remaining financial documentation. When your application is complete, it will be submitted for final Credit underwriting and decision; we will issue a Loan Commitment Letter upon approval. We usually collect third party report costs (appraisal and environmental reports as necessary) with signed Commitment Letter. However, when the closing timeline is urgent, the customer has an option to order any appraisals at any time prior to final approval.
- SBA Packaging/Issue Closing Needs List: Upon your acceptance of the Commitment Letter, our Closing Manager will prepare the SBA documents and package for the customer signature prior to submitting for SBA review and Authorization. T Bank is a designated SBA Preferred Lender. With this designation, SBA has delegated T Bank the ability to internally approve loans without sending the physical package to SBA. There are certain exceptions to this authority that all lenders must follow. The Closing Manager will also issue a list of items needed for closing (a Needs List), and contact you to coordinate the closing process.
- Closing/Disbursing of Loan Funds: Upon satisfaction of closing conditions the Closing Manager will finalize any applicable title work, insurance certificates, prepare loan documents, and refine any remaining items on the closing checklist. When all documentation is in compliance with the SBA requirements, and reviewed by the Bank’s Funding Auditors, your loan funds will be disbursed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can an SBA loan be used to refinance debt?
Legitimate debts of the business can be refinanced. Personal debt, in general, cannot be refinanced. However, Certain loans incurred by an individual that are clearly demonstrated to be business related and payments are being made by the business, may be eligible for refinance. Call one of our representatives if you would like to determine whether a particular debt may be eligible.
Can SBA loans be used to finance apartment projects or other rental properties?
SBA loans are commercial loans that are used for businesses that are “actively” operated for profit. Apartments and other rental properties are considered to be “Passive Investment” properties and are not eligible for financing under SBA regulations.
An actively operating business may be used to acquire, and/ or improve real estate if the business will occupy the majority of the building. The business must occupy 51% or more of existing real estate, or 60% of the real property if proceeds of the SBA loan will be used to construct new improvements.
Are there any other types of businesses that are NOT eligible for SBA financing?
Businesses NOT eligible for SBA financing include businesses engaged in lending or other speculative investments, businesses engaged in gambling, businesses that restrict patronage or promote religion, and other not for profit businesses.
When is a business too large to be eligible for SBA financing?
The size standards vary by industry. Ninety-five percent or more of businesses operating in the US are considered to be Small Businesses. Depending on the type of industry, different criteria are used to make the determination. For most businesses, it is the average amount of revenue collected over the past three years. For others, such as manufacturing or wholesale distribution, it may be the number of employees. If a business fails to meet the standards above for a particular industry, there are alternative tests that can be applied. Feel free to call a T Bank loan specialist if you would like to discuss your particular industry and eligibility under the size standards.
What is Collateral, and how much Collateral does T Bank require?
Property pledged to a lender for securing the loan to ensure payments is known as collateral. It may be real estate, or other assets held by the business or held personally. SBA has very specific rules that must be followed, and all banking institutions must follow the same rule: SBA requires a lender to take all available and financially worthwhile collateral, both business and personal, up to the point the loan is fully secured. There are certain exceptions and allowances. This does NOT mean all SBA loans need to be secured by collateral.
What is Injection?
SBA refers to the amount and type of equity contribution by small business owners as “injection.” In general, injection cannot be borrowed. For example, a business owner cannot borrow on a home equity line of credit to inject into a business project as equity if applying for an SBA Loan.
When is Life insurance on a business owner required?
If a loan is not fully secured by collateral that could be liquidated to repay the SBA loan, SBA and the Bank may require life insurance in an amount equal to a portion of the loan. In addition, if a business is wholly dependent on the health of a particular individual owner, and there is no plan in place for succession if that owner should depart, life insurance may be required on that owner.
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