May 18, 2016

Where to Go When The Bank Says No to a Small Business Loan

When looking for a small business loan, whether for expansion, short-term expenses, or any other, you have more options than just checking with your local bank. Banks and other conventional loan providers have certain criteria when approving your loan. They take into consideration many factors such as the time for which you have been in operation, credit scores, the monthly revenue you earn, your business plan, and the collateral you can provide, among others. If you’re unable to meet their conditions, they may not offer you the finance you need. In such a situation, your best bet is to look to alternative or innovative lending institutions such as Lendio to obtain the funds. Here are some of the best options out there.

SBA or Small Business Administration Loan Programs

The SBA has several small business loan programs for small enterprises, intended to meet their finance requirements. While the government does not lend directly to the companies, it works with microloan providers, banks, and other community development institutions. It supports entrepreneurs by laying down certain regulations for the lending procedures.

Alternative Finance Sources

Aside from banks and the SBA, there are many other sources for getting the funding you need. Look around for the many lending institutions that offer you a small business loan without the strict criteria that banks have. They may be open to providing you business loans despite low credit scores, lack of collateral, or insufficient monthly revenues. However, you might have to pay much higher rates of interest and typically, small business loan terms are shorter than those offered by the SBA. Here are some of them:

Crowdfunding Loans

Crowdfunding loans are similar to microloans, and small business owners that cannot access bank finance can make use of them. However, like microloans, you won’t need to pay back the loan amount in cash. Instead, you’ll need to honor the loan obligation in other ways.

Entrepreneurs and owners of startup companies no longer need to rely on banks to get the business loans they need. Nor do they need to wait for long processing times and submit elaborate paperwork to get approved. Instead, they can contact many other lending institutions and get the small business loan products they need at terms and conditions that are more suitable for their enterprise and its unique needs.

Lendio is a free marketplace for small business loans. Simply answer a few questions about your business and the amount of capital you are seeking. Lendio will instantly match you with loan options from our network of over 50 lenders. Lendio makes it possible to shop for the best business loan options and rates available without having to submit your information to multiple banks and organizations.

About the author

Tyler Heaps
Tyler is a member of the Lendio marketing team. He is passionate about digital marketing, small business, and helping small business owners succeed. Tyler is an outdoorsman and loves spending time with his family.


  1. I have already applied and have not spoke with an individual yet that was matched up for me. I remember someone calling me about it but I was not able to speak with them at that time and now I have misplaced the contact information. Was hoping that someone contact me so I can get more information about the loans if/when I am approved.
    Thank you kindly,

    • Uhura,

      I apologize you haven’t been in touch with your funding manager. Please contact customer service at 800-334-1729 or you can also fill out the contact request here.

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