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Veteran Small Business Loan
Kabbage takes pride in delivering access to small business loans for our country's veterans
How can I get funds for my veteran-owned business?
With more than 21 million veterans in the U.S., veteran-owned businesses are on the rise. Currently, one out of every 10 businesses in the U.S. is veteran owned, and the numbers are continuing to grow.
Many previous loan initiatives like the SBA Veterans Advantage and Patriot Express Loan Programs that were created to assist veteran entrepreneurs have expired in recent years.
At Kabbage, we're honored to play a part in supporting veteran entrepreneurs. We provide veteran business loan options to help this exceptional population get the working capital they need to flourish.
When should I get a small business loan for veterans?
When you're an entrepreneur starting your own businesses, you'll likely need financing from outside sources from time to time. You need cash for essentials like inventory, payroll, equipment and marketing. Rather than dipping into your profits, using a business loan can help you cover your costs while keeping your cash flow intact.
Business loans can be extremely beneficial to smooth fluctuating cash flow during a growth period or to prepare for a busy season. If you're looking to borrow money for your business, carefully consider how you will use the funds. If you know that taking the loan will put you in a position to pay back the funds quickly, a small business loan for veterans can be a great option.
Before signing on the dotted line, it's important to have a detailed business plan to ensure your extra working capital will drive revenue that ultimately helps you pay the money back. Create a plan of action for how to use your line of credit and how you will repay it.
What type of small business loan is right for me?
Each of the funding options below has pluses and minuses, so it's important to research them thoroughly to decide which is the best fit for your business.
Business line of credit: A line of credit is an arrangement with a financial institution that establishes a maximum loan the lender will allow the borrower to take. You can withdraw any increment from the line of credit at any time, as long as you don't exceed the maximum set in the agreement. A business line of credit is similar to a credit card: you use it as you need it. You make payments on a regular, predetermined schedule and you can borrow or use more as your principal is paid down.
Revolving line of credit: Revolving credit is a flexible method of borrowing money. Instead of borrowing a fixed amount of money all at once, revolving credit allows your business to borrow working capital in increments that you need, up to a pre-approved limit. Revolving credit is an important way for small business owners to keep operations going smoothly with the ups and downs of sales, seasonal changes and occasional cash flow shortages. Getting revolving credit can enable your business to pursue opportunities quickly, even when you don't have funds available to invest. As long as you make your minimum payments and limit your debt to what you can reasonably pay back or afford, revolving credit can be an effective cash flow management tool for your business.
Peer to peer loan: Peer to peer lending is an online forum where a platform matchers borrowers with investors. Borrowers complete an application and receive an offer for credit, typically from the banking partner of the platform. Companies can then invest in the loans that have been offered to borrowers. Some typical characteristics of peer to peer loans include:
- Interactions are facilitated through a third-party, online lending platform
- Investors can select with which borrowers they will engage
- No prior relationship between investors and borrowers is necessary
Short-term business loan: Short-term loans are designed to meet immediate financing needs, like bridging gaps in cash flow, dealing with unexpected needs for extra funding and taking advantage of new business opportunities. Rather than pulling funds from other parts of your business, you can cover your costs with a short-term loan while keeping your daily accounts payable intact.
Business credit card: A small business credit card is one way that business owners can pay for the various business-related expenses they incur. Small businesses can help conserve cash flow by using a small business credit card instead of cash for the items they need.
Working capital loan: Working capital is the cash available for the day-to-day expenses of running a business. This helps measure a company's efficiency and short-term financial performance. Net working capital is a calculation of current assets minus current liabilities. A working capital loan allows you to continue your daily operations without tapping into your cash flow.
Microloan: Microloans are small loan amounts, generally offered to those without stellar credit or the collateral typically required for a traditional loan. The Small Business Administration created a Microloan Program to foster growth for small business owners. Microloans are provided to small businesses through nonprofit organizations across the U.S. Microloans are available for up to $50,000, with the average amount granted being around $13,000.
How can I use a veteran small business loan?
A veteran small business loan can help cover expenses as you establish and maintain your small business. Some of the most common ways veterans use business loans include:
- Purchasing more inventory. If you win a big contract or are just looking to stock up for your busy season, you can often negotiate better pricing with vendors when you order in bulk. Having a small business loan can give you peace of mind and buying power as you invest in inventory you know will yield a big return.
- Expanding office space or locations. When your business is growing, investing in more space or another location can increase your revenue exponentially. With extra working capital, you can expand your business without having to rely on existing cash flow.
- Launching a new marketing campaign. Whether you're using online tools like Google AdWords or YouTube or sticking to email marketing or more traditional methods, getting the word out about your business can be one of the best ways to see a return on a small business loan.
- Upgrading your equipment. From buying new equipment to entering a new lease or just updating your existing equipment, getting a small business loan for equipment can help you ensure your business runs efficiently and effectively.
- Hiring and training new employees. When your business gets too big for you to manage on your own, having a small business loan to hire and train new employees can give you breathing room to focus on growing your business.
About Kabbage small business loans for veterans
At Kabbage, we are happy to offer veterans access to the working capital they need to sustain and grow their businesses.
With Kabbage, you apply online or through our mobile app by connecting information generated through accounting data, online sales, shipping and dozens of other sources. We use simple, meaningful data to assess your business and do not require elaborate documentation that takes you extensive time to gather. We provide an automated decision and give qualified small businesses ongoing access to lines of credit of up to $250,000. Customers can withdraw any increment they need and can access their accounts online or through our mobile app.
Kabbage is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. Since Kabbage began offering access to financing in 2011, we have provided more than $8 billion to nearly 200,000 small businesses.
Other resources for small business loans for veterans
Office of Veterans Business Development
The Office of Veterans Business Development, part of the Small Business Administration (SBA), offers a number of programs and services to support veteran entrepreneurs and military spouses through training, mentorship, access to capital, preparation for opportunities in federal procurement and connections within commercial supply chains and disaster relief assistance.
Boots to Business program
Managed by the SBA, Boots to Business provides vets training on how to start and grow a business with a special focus on the areas veterans most need to consider. The program can be taken as a two-day classroom course or an eight-week online course.
Hivers and Strivers
Hivers and Strivers, an Angel Investment Group, invests $250,000 to $1 million in start-ups founded and run by graduates of U.S. Military Academies. The group works closely with its network of investment partners to broker deals for the entrepreneurs when additional investments are needed.
The Veterans' Opportunity Fund (VOF)
The Veterans' Opportunity Fund is a venture capital fund formed to invest in businesses that are started, owned and/or managed by military veterans. The investment size of the portfolio is up to $3 million, but a business that is seeking funding must have early revenue or have a product or service that can be evaluated.
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
Sponsored by the SBA, V-Wise is a three-day conference that trains women veterans on starting and growing businesses and provides great networking opportunities.
SCORE's Veteran Fast Launch Initiative
SCORE, a leader in providing mentoring and training to entrepreneurs, helps our veterans transition to life as entrepreneurs through its Veteran Fast Launch initiative. This program provides free software and services combined with SCORE's mentoring program to help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) national program offers training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans and their families. The program's goal is to open the door to economic opportunity for our veterans and their families by helping them develop and sustain an entrepreneurial venture.
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