SBAExpress (formerly FA$TRAK)
SBAExpress, formerly SBA’s FA$TRAK, is available for loans up to $150,000. The program authorizes SBA preferred lenders to use mostly their own forms, analyses and procedures to process, service and liquidate SBA guaranteed loans. The SBA guarantees up to 50 percent of an SBAExpress loan. Loans under $25,000 to not require collateral. This is a change from the FA$TRAK requirements. Like most 7(a) loans, maturities are usually five to seven years for working capital and up to 25 years for real estate or equipment. Revolving lines of credit are allowed for a maximum of five years.
The Export Working Capital Loan
The Export Working Capital Program is a line of credit for financing foreign accounts receivable. It is a transaction-based program and can be revolving or nonrevolving. The SBA provides a 90 percent guarantee to the lender. The business must have been in operation for at least 12 months prior to the application, and the proceeds can be used to finance materials and labor needed to manufacture or purchase goods and services for sale in foreign markets, including such items as consulting services, overseas travel to establish a market, and participation at trade shows. Funds cannot be used to refinance existing debt or purchase fixed assets. The maturity is generally 12 months or less but can be renewed up to a total of 36 months.
International Trade Loan
This program provides shortterm and longterm financing to small businesses that are engaged in international trade, preparing to engage in international trade, or adversely affected by competition from imports. The SBA can guarantee up to $1.25 million for a combination of fixedasset financing and permanent working capital.
Defense Loan and Technical Assistance (DELTA)
DELTA is a joint effort of the SBA and the Department of the Defense to provide financial and technical assistance to defense-dependent small firms affected by defense reductions. The goal is to help affected small firms diversify into the commercial market while remaining a part of the defense industrial base. Reductions affecting business may be the result of any number of actions, such as cuts in defense spending, termination of defense contracts or the closure or realignment of military installations.
SBA may guarantee 75 percent of a loan up to $1.25 million under the 7(a) program, or $1 million under the 504 program. Technical assistance, including help in preparation of a business plan and loan application package, is available through Small Business Development Centers.