It has become a routine occurrence for small business owners to be told by their current commercial lender that it will be necessary to seek another source for commercial loans and working capital. Although banks and other business lenders have made a pointed effort to portray themselves as lending normally, very few business owners are likely to agree that there is anything normal about obtaining financing from current business finance programs.
Because current commercial lending conditions have become so difficult, I published several earlier articles which addressed some of the problems that commercial borrowers are experiencing when they attempt to obtain working capital financing and commercial loans. For example, one of these commercial finance reports described the unfortunate possibility of firing your banker as one of several guerrilla financing techniques that might be required for a small business to survive in the face of extreme business banking conditions.
Certainly I would not advocate the guerrilla financing tactic of firing your bank and your banker if there were not suitable alternative sources for small business loans. At the same time, it would not be realistic to suggest that there are one or two obvious business lending sources that will solve the working capital needs for all businesses in need of help.
In reality the search for new commercial lending sources must start with an admission from a small business owner that they do in fact need to find a new source for commercial loans. Identifying the most likely alternatives can be accomplished in several ways but one of the most effective approaches will include detailed discussions with commercial loans experts that are experienced in nationwide business financing similar to what the business owner currently needs.
The best commercial finance solutions will depend on the business location, type of financing, kind of business, operating history and size of loan desired. Some of the most realistic sources for small business loans are operating regionally rather than nationally. A key point for business owners to remember is that there really are a number of viable and effective commercial lenders that are currently active in making commercial loans to businesses that are in desperate need of commercial financing.
In addition to the advice contained in this article, small business owners should not hesitate to review business finance resources such as The Working Capital Guide, a free online publication which focuses on working capital management strategies. Additionally commercial borrowers should quickly locate a commercial loans expert that is capable of providing appropriate help for their specific business financing situation.
Stephen Bush is Chief Executive Officer of AEX Commercial Financing Group and is a commercial loans expert working with small business owners throughout the United States. Please contact Steve for candid and practical advice about short term financing and long term commercial real estate loans.
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