GETTING YOUR BUSINESS FUNDED | MINORITY LOAN FUND
MINORITY LOAN FUND
The Small and Minority Business Loan Fund provides financing assistance to small businesses operating or locating in the City of Decatur. Goals of the program are to increase the number of job opportunities, especially to low/moderate income people, and to rehabilitate commercial buildings in neighborhoods through loan assistance to small businesses.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS AND PROJECTS
Business involved in a profit making enterprise.
Businesses located within the Decatur city limits.
Special emphasis on businesses located in inner city.
Specific emphasis on women and minority owned businesses,
Building acquisition and rehabilitation.
Equipment and machinery.
LOAN SELECTION CRITERIA
Property in an eligible census tract where there is at least a 60 percent low/moderate income population.
Growth potential of business.
Probability of success and credit worthiness.
At least one full time permanent job must be created or retained for each $10,000 borrowed.
AMOUNT OF LOAN
The maximum amount of a loan for any one project is $25,000.00 or 80 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less. The minimum loan is $5,000.00. Owner investment must be at least 20 percent or more of the project cost.
The minimum interest rate to be charged is the prime rate on the date of loan approval.
TERM OF LOAN
Loan terms are negotiable, with a maximum term of ten years.
The loan generally is secured by the assets ac- quired with loan proceeds. A personal guarantee or other collateral also may be required.
A continuing relationship with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) or another similar agency in the initial period of op- eration for new businesses.
FEES AND COSTS
An application fee of $25.00. Also, any incidental costs incurred by either the applicant or CICD with regard to the loan are the applicant’s responsibility.