As the country faces the challenges related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA lenders in the Georgia Association of Business Brokers say they are still in business, approving loans, and can provide information about the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act just passed by Congress includes programs and initiatives intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. Details included at this link.
Information about available loans is changing daily, so anyone with any questions about SBA loans available should contact a GABB Affiliate lender, and GABB will try to update information here as it becomes available.
“The SBA Team at Atlantic Capital is here as a resource to help businesses access the capital they need to continue to run and grow their companies,” says Thomas Rockwood, Vice President of SBA Lending at Atlantic Capital Bank.
Atlantic Capital, Cheryl Beer, Senior Vice President of SBA Lending at the Piedmont Bank, and other GABB affiliates who are SBA lenders say are still approving new loans for borrowers and fully participating in all of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs designed to assist small business owners. These valuable GABB affiliates are still providing businesses access to capital through the SBA 7a, 504, and Express loan programs, including the Veterans Advantage loans, Woman-owned business loans, and programs for minority-owned businesses.
GABB Board member Kim Eells, Senior Vice President of SBA Business Development at Georgia Primary Bank, said as of March 18, the State of Georgia has been added as a declared state for Coronavirus Disaster Loan Assistance with the SBA. Businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 may now apply for Disaster Assistance directly with the SBA, no banks involved, Eells said. These loans are up to $2,000,000, up to 30 year term, fixed rate of 3.75%. Apply online at: www.sba.gov/disaster.
“I was just on a training/conference call with SBA regarding the disaster loans,” Eells said. “They are going to make it as painless and fast as possible for the borrowers. They said everyone should apply, apply, apply.”
U.S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest federal disaster loan funds for working capital to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
- Offer up to $2 million in assistance
- May be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the
- Interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses
- Interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%
- Offer terms up to a maximum of 30 years (determined on a case-by-case basis)
Ryan Stoll, Vice President SBA Banker, at Cadence Bank, provided this PDF with more details about the SBA loan program.
“These funds are intended to replace lost sales or profits or for expansion for those businesses directly affected by the Covid 19 virus.,” said Susan Kite, Senior Vice President of SBA Business Development at Georgia Primary Bank. Susan has also posted information about the loans on the GABB member forum.”We are still making business acquisition loans at Georgia Primary Bank!”
For more information, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolyn Robinson, a Senior Vice President at Acclivity Financial, A Subsidiary of Citizens Bank, said her bank is helping “our borrowers who want a loan payment deferment. We are continuing to underwrite, process and close loans.”
Carolyn provided additional details about the three-step process for applying for SBA disaster loans.Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans
The GABB encourages small businesses to contact one of the many SBA lenders in our association because these lenders have a proven track record of successfully working with business owners.
“We hope that all of you stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks and months,” said David Brindley, Vice President of Live Oak Bank. “Together, we will get through this challenging time!”