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How to get a bank loan

How to Find (or “LINC”) to SBA-Backed Loans

Looking for a funder that offers SBA-backed loans, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe, the idea of filling out financial form after form is too daunting a task?

Fear no more Kansas City business owners – the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has the answer.

How to get a bank loan

Earlier this year, the SBA announced a new initiative: Leveraging Information and Networks to Access Capital (LINC), a matchmaking system between SBA lenders and entrepreneurs.

Here’s how it works. A business owner fills out a simple, 20-question form that takes about five minutes. Questions ask for your contact information, how much funding you are looking for, how you’ll use the loan and what type/how much collateral your business has.

Then the form is blasted to SBA lenders within the business owner’s area. If there is a match, lenders will reach out to the business owner within 48 hours. If there is not a match, entrepreneurs will be directed to their local SBA adviser for additional assistance with their loan application. A win/win for everyone.

The system is being rolled out in two phases – currently, businesses can be matched with nonprofit lenders that offer free financial advice and specialize in microlending, smaller loans (the SBA Community Advantage program) and real estate financing (the 504 program). Phase 2 will add more traditional banks that offer an even wider variety of financial products.

Start your application today or take a look at financial resources and assistance in KCSourceLink’s online Resource Navigator.

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