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Minority Business Loans
If you are a minority business owner, you may want to consider the SBA 8(a) Business Development program, which helps qualified minority-owned firms develop and grow their businesses.
How Do I Apply For the SBA 8(a) Business Development program?
Applying for the SBA 8(a) Development program can be done in seven steps.
Before you actually get started with an application, you should view the SBA online course Pre 8(a) Business Development Program Module 1 - Setting Expectations.1 It will help you decide whether the 8(a) program is right for your business.
Get official copies of all of your business’s governing documents. Articles, licenses, permits, etc. must be current and approved by your state. You must check with your state about its requirements for doing business. Keep in mind that all bylaws, operating agreements, stock certificates, etc., must be signed by all owners, officers and directors.
Get a D-U-N-S number from Dunn and Bradstreet. D-U-N-S numbers are unique nine-digit identification numbers for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S numbers are free and are required to be registered with the federal government for contracts or grants.
If you don’t have one already, you’ll need to obtain a free Tax Identification Number (TIN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Create a profile in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM). SBA requires you to create a business profile in SAM to apply for SBA certifications and for the 8(a) electronic application.
Get a free SBA General Login System user ID by following these instructions.
Start the 8(a) Business Development program online application!
For a complete checklist of everything you’ll need to apply for the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program, visit this page.
Alternative Business Funding
If you’re looking for a flexible source of funding that allows business owners to get working capital when they need it, Headway Capital offers a small business line of credit up to $50,000. Applying for a Headway Capital line of credit is quick and easy. Once approved, you can borrow as much as you need (up to your credit limit), as many times as you need to, without having to reapply.
Think a line of credit from Headway Capital would be a good fit for your business? See if you qualify today!
1U.S. Small Business Administration. (n.d.). Steps to Applying to the 8(a) Program. Retrieved May 4, 2017 from https://www.sba.gov/contracting/government-contracting-programs/8a-business-development-program/how-apply/steps-applying-8a-program