Still Time to Register for MBFC’s 2019 SBA 504 Loan Training!

Topics covered: SOP Updates, 504 REFI, Mitigate Lending Risk, 504 Expansion+REFI

REGISTER via Email or by Calling 1-800-593-0123

All Training Times held from 9:00-11:00 AM.

Moorhead – Completed

Bemidji – Completed

Duluth – Tuesday, April 30th – Inn on Lake Superior Hotel, Canal Park

Eden Prairie – Friday, May 3rd – MBA Offices on Washington Ave. S.

Eden Prairie – Monday, May 13th – MBA Offices on Washington Ave. S.

Saint Cloud – Wednesday, May 15th – Resource Training & Solutions on Hwy 15

Saint Cloud – Monday, May 20th – Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites 37th Ave S.

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Need A Competitive Advantage in Financing Business Acquisitions?

The SBA 504 Loan Program provides a great benefit for the borrower with low down payment and fixed rate options!
The SBA 504 & SBA 7(a) programs also work great together when there’s a mix of project costs with the acquisition.
The 504 Loan Program is a great option for the fixed asset part of the transaction and the 7(a) Loan Program can be used for the non-fixed asset part of the transaction.

Here’s an example:
(Acquisition of an existing business)

  • Real Estate              $   4,500,000
  • Equipment               $      450,000
  • Inventory                  $  2,500,000
  • Non-compete           $       50,000
  • Total                          $  7,500,000

SBA 504 Project – $4.5 Million – Real Estate
Third Party Lender              $2,250,000   50%
SBA 504                                $1,575,000   35%
Borrower Contribution          $675,000   15%
TOTAL:                                $4,500,000         

SBA 7(a) – $3 Million – Equipment, Inventory, Non-Compete
Lead Lender – SBA 7(a)     $2,400,000   – 75% Guarantee
Borrower Contribution          $600,000                              
TOTAL:                               $3,000,000                  

When it comes to financing fixed assets,
the SBA 504 Loan Program will Save $’s in Fees for the small business owner:

FY2019 Fee Comparison 50/40/10 Structure    SBA 504       SBA 7(a)
$    750,000 Project                                                $10,494                    $ 15,188
$2,500,000 Project                                                 $29,120                    $ 60,781
$5,000,000 Project                                                 $55,724                   $124,063         

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Wondering how the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN affects the SBA 504 world?

At Minnesota Business Finance, it’s business as usual – we’re hard at work for our customers getting applications approved at our loan committee level and ready for SBA submission just as soon as SBA reopens.

In the meantime, if lead lenders are needing to close on a project and don’t have SBA 504 approval there are things that can be done:

  • A lead lender is allowed to close ahead of SBA 504 approval at their own risk as long as they put in place short-term interim financing.
  • If a lead lender is wanting to alleviate added risk, the lender can take additional down payment or collateral during the interim financing phase and then release upon SBA 504 pay down.

With these practices, it allows the projects to close but leaves the door open to obtain the long term fixed rate financing that the borrower desires!

MBFC’s SBA 504 Interest Rate Link HERE
We are on track for SBA 504 loans that were closed in December in which the SBA funding occurs February 13th as long as there weren’t any pending changes on the loan that weren’t approved by SBA prior to the Government shutdown.

MBFC is moving forward closing loans in January in which the SBA funding is scheduled for March 13th, however it is unknown at this time if funding will stay on track for March 13th.  More will be learned in the coming weeks.

If you have any further questions on this topic,
your MBFC Loan Officer would be happy to help!

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MBFC Now Able To Do Business In: WI, IL, IN, MI, OH

Have You Heard About SBA’s 504 Rural Initiative Pilot Program?

As of July 18, 2018, SBA launched the 504 Loan Program Rural Initiative. This allows CDC’s to make loans outside of their SBA approved area of operations. The pilot program will be available until July 20, 2020. Any 504 project with an address located in any county classified as “rural” by the U.S. Census Bureau qualifies as long as the 504 project is located within the SBA Region that the CDC is incorporated.  MBFC is part of Region 5 which includes: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

As an example, here is a glimpse of the counties in Wisconsin that now qualify to have MBFC help you with a SBA 504 loan through this Rural Initiative!  The 10 Wisconsin counties in GOLD are MBFC’s Local Economic Areas in which we already do business. The light BLUE colored counties are new areas in which MBFC can now very easily operate!

For More information about the 504 Loan Program Rural Initiative give your MBFC Loan Officer a call.

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Grant Awarded to Alexandria Area EDC

(Pictured: Joe Kammermeier, Vice President of Business Development of MBFC with Nicole Fernholz, Executive Director of AAEDC)

Grant Presented to Alexandria Area EDC

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation (MBFC) recently gave an economic development grant to Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC). MBFC Business Development Officer, Joe Kammermeier, presented the check to Nicole Fernholz, AAEDC Executive Director.

The AAEDC requested a MBFC grant to assist with the marketing costs for a business challenge called:  “Pitch Your Plan”. Pitch Your Plan is an Alexandria Area Business Competition for any for-profit business looking to open, relocate, or expand their business to present their idea to the AAEDC to WIN a community prize package.

There are 3 Phases to “Pitch Your Plan”. Application, Analysis/Planning, and Presentation. During phase 3 the selected entrants will share their idea to the judges in business presentation styled after NBC’s Shark Tank television show. A winner will be chosen and awarded the prize package on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at a business luncheon hosted by AAEDC.

For more information on how to apply for the promotional business development program, or to visit the AAEDC website for additional information, please click here:

 Pitch Your Plan 

MBFC is encouraged to support economic development plans to grow entrepreneurial resources in Minnesota and surrounding areas. If your organization has an event, project, or Veteran Owned Business please contact MBFC for details how to apply for our different incentive, grant, or rebate programs.

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