The BizBuySell Small Business Community

  • Get Expert Advice

  •  • Find Local Service Professionals

  •  • Share Your Experiences

Where to find startup financing to by a small business

No User Photo

Answer This Question

max 5000 characters

Web Reference (optional)

e.g., ""

Review Community Guidelines

Help keep our Community clean and on topic. The BizBuySell Community is a place where you can discuss your questions, concerns and knowledge with others you can trust. It is not OK to use this forum to solicit others for personal or financial gain, illegal activities, or to rant about personal issues. Please review the full guidelines if you have any questions.

Submit Your Answer
Answers (1)
No User Photo
Velocity Business Brokers
Lucas County, OH

Mr. Griner,

Start-up financing is generally the hardest financing to obtain. If you are looking to buy an existing small business, you have an advantage in that it would not be start-up financing but acquisition financing. I have 18 years experience in commercial banking and while acquisition financing is easier (since there is already a track record of the existing business), it is still a challenge. The important metrics are 1) the business characteristics: the historical cash flow, the industry, location, management team and employees, market position, competition, etc. and 2) your personal credit profile since you will serve as a personal guarantor on the bank financing. The amount of cash you have available to put down on the business will be considered as well.

You should start speaking to the banks in your area. Ask for a meeting with their small business lender and discuss your plans and objectives. You will probably want to talk to one large and/or regional bank and one small community bank (or even a credit union). If you have any issues qualifying for bank financing you should investigate SBA supported loans (you would discuss this with the bankers during your meetings). If you want an easier/friendlier route you can consider friends/family as an option.

Aug 2, 2011