Securing financing for a small business can be a difficult task. Banks reject roughly 80 percent of small business loan applications, leaving applicants searching for other options. While the strict standards put in place by traditional banks and credit unions regarding business owners’ creditworthiness and ability to repay loans are intended to minimize risk, they […]

Good news: On September 7th, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the COVID EIDL cap will increase from $500,000 to $2,000,000.  Even more, the cap for a single corporation will increase to $10.0 million. Though you can apply for a COVID EIDL loan of more than $500k today, any decisions on funding will occur […]

How Will Loan Mantra Help With More PPP Funding?

How Will Loan Mantra Help With More PPP Funding?

The holiday season is here, and U.S. Congress has until midnight, December 18th, 2020 to hammer out a deal to garner additional economic aid for struggling small businesses. As death tolls from COVID-19 near 300,000, citizens are anxious over their physical health and their road to economic recovery. But whether D.C. arrives at consensus on […]

Thank You for Everything You Do: Here’s to the Small Business Lenders

Thank You for Everything You Do: Here’s to the Small Business Lenders

Like healthcare and essential workers, those in the SBA lending industry deserve our gratitude this Thanksgiving season. We, as small business lenders and advocates, have worked around the clock to administer PPP lending and forgiveness. This drive comes from our desire to see our communities, and the lifeblood of our economy, restored to some normalcy. […]

Powered by BLUE: A Borrower’s Guide

Powered by BLUE: A Borrower’s Guide

What does it mean to be “powered by BLUE™?” For years, this question has driven the Loan Mantra ethos. Though an acronym for “Business Lender Underwriting Environment,” the BLUE™ platform is far more than pith. It’s an ecosystem. Designed with the small business borrower in mind, the platform takes historically confusing and opaque financial services […]

Is COVID-19 the New 5th ‘C’ of Credit?

Is COVID-19 the New 5th ‘C’ of Credit?

Most borrowers and lenders are familiar with The 5 ‘C’s of Credit. These are basic guidelines that lenders use to evaluate loan prospects or grade credit investments. Historically the fifth ‘C’ (or “conditions”) has been the most ambiguous category of all, serving as a catch-all designation for lenders who seek to quantify any superseding factors of […]

For U.S. small business owners who received PPP loan assistance, one question plays over and over in their minds: What happens next? What happens next: In the months since the PPP was originally passed as part of the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, U.S. industry leaders, financial institutions, advocacy groups, […]

One of the biggest dilemma / issues of the small business owner is the understanding and separation of business and personal assets. Most of us have heard of work & life balance, how about work and personal credit balance. Correct, similar to personal credit, we have business credit. It is very important for everyone business […]