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 Know Your Five C's

There are a couple of old sayings that relate to getting a loan. One is that bankers only want to lend money when you don't need it.

However, you can change the odds of getting cash when you need it by gaining a clearer



Be honest regardless of whether the information is positive or negative.

Make promises that you're unable to keep.

Present a clear, concise and comprehensive plan. Know the amount you need. Provide written documentation.

Ask the loan officer how much money you can borrow.

Set an appointment to discuss your request with a loan officer. Allow enough time. Negotiate loan terms and rates after presenting a complete request.

Be demanding and over-anxious. Insist on term and rate information over the phone without presenting the necessary information

Ask questions about anything you don't understand.

Spend the money before your loan request is approved.

understanding of the lending process.

Loan officers will look for at least two sources of repayment and possibly a third:

Cash flow from operations for short-term loans and continued positive earnings for long-term loans;

Collateral such as a mortgage on fixed assets, accounts receivable, or inventory as a backup to the first source, and

A personal guarantee
if the lender wants a third source that demonstrates your commitment to the operation and its success.

 There's another aspect of the loan application process from the lender's viewpoint. The loan officer is going to want answers to questions on the Five C's of Credit:

Capacity. What is your ability to meet the financial obligations of the debt, and what are the track records of both you and the business?

Collateral. What assets can you pledge to support the primary source of repayment?

Capital. How much equity is there in the business and how much of your own money have you devoted to the project?

Character. How trustworthy are you and your partners? Regardless of the financial forecast presented, the loan officer must evaluate the owners' integrity.

Conditions. What is the outlook of the economy and the industry?

The other old saying:  Forewarned is forearmed. Understand the process, have your answers ready and convincing and you boost your chances of borrowing the money you need.

Business Cash Infusion - Most small businesses require a cash infusion at some point, for needs like expansion, working capital or investments. Getting a large loan involves more than pouring your heart out to a bank officer and hoping the lender will take a risk on you. You need to be prepared to tell the whole story, present a business plan and make the lender believe in the future of your company. Ronald J. Cappuccio, J.D., LL.M.(Tax) 1800 Chapel Avenue West Suite 128 Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 Phone:(856) 665-2121      Fax: (856) 665-9005 Email:
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