Business loans are not always easy loans to get, and minorities may find this even more difficult. Many communities and government agencies have created programs to help minorities obtain a small business loan when they need it, but there is still a lengthy process to go through before the small business loan for the minority can be approved. Minority business entrepreneurs must submit a series of loan application materials, get a background check, credit check, and also submit a reliable and cohesive business plan.
The most important thing to get a good rate is to have a strong credit history. Without a high credit score, most lenders are required to only offer specific programs. Some banks and financial institutions may extend higher rates for low credit scores, poor credit history, or bad credit overall. If this is the case, it will be harder for minorities to obtain a business loan with a good rate.
The Minority Business Development Agency helps minorities by providing training and information. This can include loan and grant applications, minority businesses in the area that can provide referrals and even banks that work exclusively with minority businesses to create a custom loan program.
A mentoring service by the National Minority Council helps people receive special contracts through local lenders. Many local lenders work from referrals, and have access to funds where they can offer a lower rate. It’s important for minority business entrepreneurs to network as much as possible. Networking helps people learn about other businesses, and there may be outside investors who are available to extend funding at lower rates than even banks or commercial institutions.
The legal work behind many minority businesses is what can hold up the loan application process. The more well-prepared and ready the minority business owner can be with all documents, financial information, and records, the more likely it is that banks and other lending institutions will want to work with them. Banks can offer various programs that are tailored for certain business needs.
Referrals from key community members can increase the chances of obtaining a minority business loan, and possibly getting a good rate. Another way to reduce a rate is to break up the loan into two separate loans, and use different assets or collateral for each one. Some banks can help with arranging this.
Financial assistance may also be offered by the Small Business Administration. Corporations can help minority business owners. Corporations can assist with the loan, or extend some corporate loan package benefits that are competitive or lower than standard market rates. These corporations may work as sponsors for the loan, and can help the business promote itself within in the community as well.
Minority businesses can get good rates from a variety of resources. Community assistance programs can help pull together the financial plans and business planning specifications, while banks can offer strong rates when there is a strong credit history. Making sure credit scores are accurate can help business owners get a good rate right away. Still, there are plenty of options for assistance from other resources as well.