SBA Loan Programs

The SBA-Bank of Feather River relationship.

Bank of Feather River offers loans to help established businesses grow and expand. Because the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides government guarantees, it's easier for Bank of Feather River, to offer financing to rapidly growing businesses.

Can you use an SBA loan?

If you have a growing business, SBA financing can help you to:

  • Purchase or renovate real estate. Purchase or upgrade real estate to operate your business, construct a business facility or make improvements to an owner-occupied property.
  • Purchase fixed assets. Includes assets such as heavy machinery or specialized equipment.
  • Borrow working capital. Manage day-to-day cash flow and purchases.

Features and benefits

SBA loans often offer important advantages over traditional business loans:

  • Lower down payment requirements. Higher loan-to-value ratios allowed by SBA loans make qualifying easier. You can borrow up to 90% of your business financing needs, preserving working capital.
  • Longer repayment terms. SBA repayment periods are longer than those of conventional bank loans. This makes your monthly loan payment more affordable, helping to improve your cash flow. Extended terms are available for loans depending on purpose of the loan whether it is for:
    • Working capital
    • Equipment
    • Commercial real estate
  • Projected income consideration. For SBA loan qualification, projected income of a business (not just historical cash flows) is considered. This may be particularly advantageous if your business is growing.

Qualifying for an SBA loan

To qualify for an SBA loan, your business must be:

  • Owner operated
  • For profit
  • Organized as a sole-proprietorship, corporation or professional partnership
  • Conform to SBA guidelines for small business size


  • Unable to secure conventional credit under reasonable terms

Note: Ineligible businesses include, but may not be limited to, those that engage in speculation, investment or lending, illegal activities, gambling, or multi-sales distribution.

Even though the SBA-qualifying standards are more flexible than other types of loans, you must still meet some criteria and demonstrate ability to repay the loan on time. The following criteria is what Bank of Feather River looks for in a potential SBA borrower:

  • Demonstrated management ability/experience
  • Creditworthiness as evidenced by an acceptable business and personal credit history
  • Adequate investment
  • Ability to repay based on historical and/or projected cash flows 
  • Adequate collateral, which can consist of:
    • Real estate and improvements up to 90% of the appraised value for  owner occupied real estate. 
    • Machinery and equipment up to 80% of cost (or of appraised value and economic life for used equipment).
    • Accounts receivable and inventory depending on the marketability of inventory and prior collection history of receivables.
    • Personal guaranties. Parties with a 20% or less ownership may not be required to guarantee the loan. 

Preparing a loan proposal

Once you've decided which SBA program is right for you, you may need to prepare a loan proposal. SBA Express loans do not generally require a written loan proposal.

You will be asked to provide information about yourself, other owners/guarantors, and your company. A complete, well-organized presentation will expedite your loan approval process. Your lender will need the following documentation to evaluate your loan request:

  • Business profile. A document describing type of business, annual sales, number of employees, length of time in business and ownership.
  • Loan request. A description of how loan funds will be used. Should include purpose, amount and type of loan.
  • Collateral. Description of collateral offered to secure the loan, including equity in the business, borrowed funds and available cash.
  • Business financial statements. Complete tax returns and financial statements for the past three years along with current interim financial statements.
  • Personal financial statements and tax returns. Statements of owners, partners, officers and stockholders owning 20% or more of the business.

The strength and accuracy of your financial statements will be the primary basis for the lending decision, so be sure that yours are carefully prepared and up-to-date. The most important documents in your financial statements are:

  • Balance sheets from the last three fiscal year-ends.
  • Income statements revealing your business profits or losses for the last three years.
  • Cash flow projections indicating how much cash you expect to generate to repay the loan.
  • Accounts receivable and payable agings, breaking your receivables and payables in to 30-, 60-, 90- and past 90-day old categories.
  • Personal financial statements from you and your business partners listing all personal assets, liabilities and monthly payments, as well as your personal tax returns for the past three years.

SBA loan options

SBA 504 Loan Program

  • Provides long-term, fixed-rated financing for major assets such as owner-occupied land, buildings, machinery or capital equipment. Offers financing on total projects up to $5 million (combination of bank, SBA and borrower funds).
  • Low fixed-rate loans with terms up to 20 years.
Loan type: 504 Loan
Description: Long-term fixed asset financing
Maximum loan amount: Total project cost up to $5 million (combination of bank, SBA and borrower funds)
Use of proceeds: Real estate, land, long-term equipment, construction or renovation

LowDoc Program

The LowDoc program is specifically for loan request for less than $150,000 and the guaranty follows the 7(a) Programs requirements, structure and eligibility. The Program gets its name LowDoc from the abbreviated application the quick processing timeframe