Fish Farm Business Loan Application Checklist
The SBA is not the only source you can get a small business loan from.
If you do not qualify for traditional commercial loans, You might also be able to get a small business loan from State and local economic development agencies as well as numerous nonprofit organizations that provide low-interest loans to small business owners
This article will help ensure that you have all the right documents ready and are prepared when you decide to apply for a small business loan.
Documentation Needed for Small Business Loan Applications For Your Fish Farm Business
Whilst every loan program has specific forms you need to fill out and documents you need to submit, you will most likely need to submit much of the same information for different loan packages.
Before you start applying for loans for your fish farm, you should get some basic documentation together.
The following are typical items that will be required for any small business loan application for your fish farm business:
Personal Background: Either as part of the loan application or as a separate document, you will probably be asked to provide some personal background information, including previous addresses, names used, criminal record, educational background, etc.
Resumes: Some lenders require evidence of management or business experience, particularly for loans that are intended to be used to start a new business.
Business Plan: All loan programs require a sound business plan to be submitted with the loan application. The business plan should include a complete set of projected financial statements, including profit and loss, cash flow and a balance sheet.
Personal Credit Report: Your lender will obtain your personal credit report as part of the application process. However, you should obtain a credit report from all three major consumer credit rating agencies before submitting a loan application to the lender. Inaccuracies and blemishes on your credit report can hurt your chances of getting a loan approved. It’s critical you try to clear these up before beginning the application process.
Business Credit Report: If you are already in business, you should be prepared to submit a credit report for your business. As with the personal credit report, it is important to review your business’ credit report before beginning the application process.
Income Tax Returns: Most loan programs require applicants to submit personal and business income tax returns for the previous 3 years.
Financial Statements: Many loan programs require owners with more than a 20 percent stake in your business to submit signed personal financial statements. You may also be required to provide projected financial statements either as part of, or separate from, your business plan. It is a good idea to have these prepared and ready in case a program for which you are applying requires these documents to be submitted individually.
Bank Statements: Many loan programs require one year of personal and business bank statements to be submitted as part of a loan package.
Collateral: Collateral requirements vary greatly. Some loan programs do not require collateral. Loans involving higher risk factors for default require substantial collateral. Strong business plans and financial statements can help you avoid putting up collateral. In any case, it is a good idea to prepare a collateral document that describes cost/value of personal or business property that will be used to secure a loan. See here for a list of collateral that the bank might demand
Legal Documents: Depending on a loan’s specific requirements, your lender may require you to submit one or more legal documents. Make sure you have the following items in order, if applicable:
Business licenses and registrations required for you to conduct your fish farm business
Articles of Incorporation
Copies of contracts you have with any third parties
Questions Your Lender Will Ask You
Forms vary by program and lending institution, but they all ask for the same information. You should be prepared to answer the following questions.
It’s a good idea to have this information prepared before you fill out the application:
Why are you applying for this loan?
How will the loan proceeds be used?
What assets need to be purchased, and who are your suppliers?
What other business debt do you have, and who are your creditors?
Who are the members of your management team?
For more information on applying for a business loan for your fish farm see this
Fish Farm Business Loan Application Checklist