SmartBiz: Helping Small Business Owners Acquire Low-Cost Capital
Recently, Forbes reporter Moira Vetter interviewed Sean O’Malley, the co-founder of SmartBiz. They discussed the challenges entrepreneurs face when seeking funds and how SmartBiz is the solution, offering low-cost SBA loans through a fast and easy process. Here’s an overview of her article outlining how SmartBiz is making a real difference to help small business owners grow and save money.
The 2008 financial crisis drastically changed the market for small business owners seeking a loan to expand and grow. In short, banks stopped lending to small businesses. It’s not just a cliché; small businesses are the backbone of America. A source of economic strength, small businesses create new jobs and bring innovative products and services to the marketplace. Since the housing bubble burst during 2007-2008 they have struggled to maintain their foothold. A report published by the SBA shows that the decline in bank lending was far more severe for small businesses than for larger firms. Small business owners can find themselves wasting a lot of time and energy to produce required paperwork only to be ultimately turned down for a loan.
The Birth of SmartBiz
The SmartBiz founders knew there had to be a better way and asked the question, “What if traditional banks could offer SBA Loans at a speed more like alternative lenders?” A better way meant enabling banks to efficiently fund great businesses by using technology and good old American ingenuity. SmartBiz wanted to help banks operate more like alternative lenders and to enable those banks to offer SBA loans. O’Malley says that SmartBiz is the “ultimate marketplace” for the SBA loan bringing together together entrepreneurs seeking capital with large banks who can provide that affordable capital.
Why SBA Loans?
Small Business owners are concerned about the cost of capital and their ability to make the loan payments. SmartBiz only offers SBA loans because monthly payments are lower due to low rates and a 10-year term. As an example, if you’re seeking a $50,000 loan you can expect a 10-year loan term with $561.40 a month at an interest rate of 6.25% to 7.25% with no penalties for early payment. SmartBiz offers loans up to $350,000.
O’Malley tells Vetter that value, not flash, is the heart of the SmartBiz marketplace. The SmartBiz process is 100% online. Borrowers can prequalify in just 5 minutes with no impact on their credit score. Funds can be available in just 7 – 10 days after they complete the application. SmartBiz aims to deliver a ‘whole solution.’
SmartBiz is focused on helping banks acquire more small business customers by helping them better package loans and better automate the process. As O’Malley puts it, by instituting the banks criteria in an ‘automagic’ fashion, SmartBiz can handle origination in a closer to real-time process. And automation helps reduce errors.
To read the full article, visit the Forbes website.
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