How Much Debt Is Too Much?
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How Much Debt Is Too Much?

Recently, we talked about obtaining a line of credit as “sleep insurance” when growing your business and how to make sure you’re bankable and bank-ready when requesting a loan.  Some people are risk takers and don’t mind going into debt. Some are totally debt averse and don’t borrow at all.  But how much debt is…

How to Talk to Your Banker
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How to Talk to Your Banker

You may have discovered that bankers unintentionally speak a language that business owners have a hard time understanding. I call it BankSpeak. Bankers use terms like liquidity, leverage, profitability, working capital, cash flow, EBITDA and sometimes don’t explain the context or the calculations behind these terms and how they might impact your business positively or…

2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to a Bank
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2 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Talk to a Bank

Trying to get a line of credit? Frustrated with the bank process? You’re not alone. Navigating the banking landscape can be a very time consuming process.   There are two questions you need to answer before you start: Are you bank ready? Are you bankable? What is bank ready? Bank ready is nothing more than being…

The Business Owner’s Cheat Sheet – Starting and Selling a Business with an SBA Loan

The Business Owner’s Cheat Sheet – Starting and Selling a Business with an SBA Loan

Generally, starting a business with an SBA loan is incredibly hard due to no historical track record of cash flow and ability to service the debt. Banks are looking for at least three years in business before extending credit. However, it’s possible if you find a bank that is willing to do startups. Many banks…

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