SBA Launches Working Capital Loan

June 25, 2024

The Small Business Administration has just announced a brand new working capital loan program. This program will be administered as a 7a loan. Although the SBA has not announced a start date, the official launch of the loan could occur as early as third quarter 2024.

The name of the pilot program is the Working Capital Pilot Program (WCP). The goal is to provide lines of credit to small business owners. The SBA particularly wanted to create this financing option during the current extended high rate environment.

According to the SBA’s press release, “This pilot program represents a significant expansion of the SBA’s loan programs by adding a line of credit product with an innovative fee structure engineered to increase flexibility for small businesses and lenders, providing more options when structuring a line of credit to meet businesses’ specific needs.”

What we Know about the Working Capital Loan Program:

Competitive Rates for a Line of Credit: This loan can be utilized for short-term capital injections. As a result, the loan should help increase profitability or jump start a new aspect of a business. The shorter team loans and flexible designs should be enticing to many entrepreneurs.

• Flexibility: The WCP offers greater flexibility than other SBA 7a offerings in terms of maturity date and loan terms.

Asset Based Financing : The WCP will offer a line of credit, based upon the assets of the small business. This should enable business owners to manage cash flow and to also deal with any snags in supply chains.

• More guidelines are forthcoming: The SBA is offering one-on-one consulting to lenders to help educate their personnel first about the advantages and details of the WCP. GRP Capital expects to be able to recommend these loans after a short study period with our lending partners.

• Using Valued Lender Partners: In order to access this working capital loan, we will need to engage with experienced lenders in the SBA marketplace. These lenders are already in contact with our GRP Capital team. Together we are determining the best usage of this new financing option.

• Annual Guaranty The loan will include an upfront SBA guaranty. Borrowers can pay this guaranty annually.

Our GRP Capital team specializes in finding the right lender for each project. We save our clients time and money, as we research the best choices for their funding sources. Our experience allows our clients to find funding that is project-appropriate and will allow for sufficient cash flow. Whether you are looking to refinance or purchase or engage in construction, we would love to discuss your business plans with you. If you are considering becoming a first-time (or second or third time!) buyer, we can assist you.

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