SBA Business Loan Down Payments Explained (+ Video)

Small Business Loans
December 6, 2020

You may have heard some confusing loan terms like injection and down payment.  It’s ok to be a small business owner and not totally grasp what they mean.

Use this quick guide to learn all you need to know about small business loan down payments.

A small business loan down payment is similar to a down payment on a house –this is money that you (the owners of the business) will put into the business – not money that is paid to the lender.

How Much Money is Required for a business loan down payment?

It’s important that you ask your lender how much they require for the down payment.

Here at CDC Small Business Finance, for startups, we require a 20% down payment and for business acquisitions and expansions, we require a 10% down payment.

Note that this can vary from lender to lender.

How Do I Fund My Down Payment?

The down payment for a commercial loan can come from a variety of sources — cash on hand or savings, funds from your 401K or a home equity line of credit.

At least half of the down payment has to come directly from the owners of the business. The other half can be gifted to you by friends, family, investors, or another source — but it cannot come from another debt source, such as a loan or credit card.

The down payment will be required as a closing condition to the loan and will take place after loan approval. It will be required to fund the loan.

We’re Here to help with all your business loan needs

Here at CDC Small Business Finance, we work alongside our borrowers and support them far beyond just getting financing.

Our team of loan experts will help guide you through the loan process and help you with everything from understanding small business loan down payments to what documents you need, to how to expedite the process.

Don’t be shy! We’re here to help.