• SBA 504 Loan Program - The Only Banking/Lending Success During U.S. Credit Crisis

  • National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) reports SBA 504 loans encouraging business expansion remain available for America's small business entrepreneurs

    McLEAN, Va, (November 25, 2008) - One needs to look long and hard for even the smallest success in today's dramatic economic downturn.  While virtually every analyst and pundit is wallowing in an economic forecast of doom and gloom, it may come as a big surprise, but the SBA 504 loan program is still helping small businesses nationwide to expand.  There hasn't been a $700 billion bailout, or Wall Street fallout, just Main Street small businesses that are turning SBA 504 loans into increased profits while adding employees and bolstering their local economy's tax base. 

    When the economy is strong and access to capital is relatively easy, there is typically less demand for SBA financing.  In the case of the SBA 504 loan, a private sector lender partners with a Certified Development Company (CDC), such as Lakeshore 504, to provide financing for the purchase, construction or renovation of owner-occupied commercial real estate.  Use of the SBA 504 loan tends to become increasingly important as a source of long term financing when traditional sources of money decline as they have in recent months.

    In spite of the credit crisis that has crippled many financial institutions and slowed lending for commercial expansion, CDC's are supporting entrepreneurs in virtually every US market with SBA 504 loans for qualified small businesses.  "The credit crisis has not frozen the SBA 504 loan program.  Loans are still available for businesses seeking to grow through real estate acquisition, expansion of existing facilities, or purchase of new equipment," according to NADCO President Christopher Crawford.  "CDCs, our banking partners and the SBA are doing business as usual and will continue to do so for the long haul."

    SBA 504 loans provide a steady source of new long-term capital at a fixed rate, and frequently with only 10% down on a new project for a small business.  These loans are the perfect tool for conserving cash for operating expenses.  A vacant commercial property in a neighborhood can represent an opportunity for a small business owner who needs more space.  Now may be the perfect time to consider expanding into a larger facility, or simply seizing the chance to buy a first building at an advantageous price. 

    No Risk Loans, SBA Guarantees and No Federal Expenditures

    The CDC industry reports that virtually all lending partners using the 504 program are still actively lending on SBA projects to qualified expanding small business borrowers.  The SBA 504 loan program remains the ideal program for banks, as it mitigates private sector lender risk on commercial real estate financing through the use of an SBA guarantee.

    Funds for the SBA 504 loan program come from the sale of long term bonds each month. These bonds carry the full faith and backing of the U.S. government and present an attractive investment option for money managers, pension funds, insurance companies and other large institutional investors. The sales of SBA 504 bonds, known as debentures, have been successfully conducted every month for the past 27 years.  Crawford concludes, "The amazing part about 504 is that it costs the federal government absolutely nothing, due to the low default rate costs that are covered by its low fees.  Likewise, there is no requirement for a Congressional appropriation of funds for 504."

    CDCs are located in every state, as well as in Puerto Rico.  A local CDC may be found through http://www.nadco.org/, or by contacting any local commercial bank that participates in SBA lending.

    About Lakeshore 504

    Lakeshore 504 is a community based development organization that is dedicated to the promotion of small business expansion and job creation through SBA's 504 Loan Program.  Lakeshore 504 has been providing healthy small and medium-size businesses with long-term fixed rate financing for the acquisition or construction of fixed assets for 25 years.  Lakeshore 504 has unique relationships with the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg with all profits going back into the community.  In addition, Lakeshore 504 has partnerships with other area chambers and economic development agencies such as the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Alliance in Benton Harbor, Lakeshore Advantage in Zeeland, Newaygo County Economic Development Office, and the Kalamazoo Area Chamber of Commerce.  These organizations and the communities they serve also benefit financially through their relationship with Lakeshore 504.

    For more information about Lakeshore 504, please contact Doug Kuipers at dkuiper@lakeshore504.org; visit the web site at http://www.lakeshore504.org/ , via phone at 616.392.9633.

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