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What is an SBA funding?

SBA funding are small-business funding guaranteed by the SBA and issued by participating fund ers, mostly banks. The SBA can guarantee up to 85% of funding of $150,000 or less and 75% of funding of more than $150,000.  SBA funding rates and terms typically are more manageable for borrowers than other types of financing and being guaranteed by the SBA reduces risk for the fund er, which may make it easier for the business owner to get a funding.

Funding Amount

$10k - $5M

Funding Term

3 months - 10 years


Starting at 9%


1 - 3 Business days


  • Lowest cost of working capital
  • Longest repayment terms
  • Use for a variety of business services
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How Do I Get a SBA Funding?

Small Business Administration (SBA) funding can make all the difference for small business owners. Virtually every business owner has heard of SBA funding. They’re the pinnacle of small business aid. Without the SBA, getting a traditional bank financing is nearly impossible. The SBA makes it easier. Still, even with the SBA’s help, getting business funding from a bank is still far more difficult than it should be. That’s where we come in. At First Down Funding, we help clients obtain the funding that they need to run their businesses effectively. SBA funding can be tough to obtain, but don’t give up on them just yet. Talk to us at FDF.


Speak to one of our qualified and seasoned Small Business Funding Managers to better understand what funding options and approvals we have for your small business.


Compared to other funding types

Merchant Cash Advance $7.5k – $1m Starting at 1.09 1-2 business days
SBA Funding $50k - $10m Starting at 5% 3-5 weeks
Business Term Funding $10k to $5m Starting at 5% 1-3 business days
Business Line of Credit $10k to $250k Starting at 8% 1-3 business days
Receivables/Invoice Factoring $50k-$10m Starting at 5.8% 1-2 weeks
Equipment Financing Up to $5m per piece Starting at 5% 3-10 business days
Revenue Based Business Funding $10K – $5m Starting at 9% Starting at 9%

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Wondering if an SBA funding is right for you? Ready to get started? Apply now to see how much you qualify for!


Who Qualifies for SBA Funding?

For most alternative small business funding products, an applicant only has to have been in business for a minimum of 6 months and be able to provide documentation of steady sales. However, the SBA has more stringent rules. To apply for an SBA funding, your business must meet the following requirements:

  • Corporation or LLC with at least 10 employees
  • In business for at least 2 years
  • Annual gross sales of at least $1.2 million
  • US citizenship or legal permanent residency
  • No bankruptcies or foreclosures within the past 3 years
  • No defaults on government-backed funding
  • No outstanding tax liens
  • No outstanding collection accounts

Don’t fit the criteria? Don’t worry. We have plenty of other business financing options that can fit your needs. Take a look at your other business funding options. If you’re not sure which option you need, feel free to give us a call.


How to Apply for SBA Funding

Once you’ve made sure that you fit the above criteria, you’re ready to apply. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to ensure a smooth funding process.

Gather Your Documents

While most alternative business funding require few documents, SBA funding work a bit differently. The SBA itself set the rules and regulations for these business funding. To apply for an SBA funding, you’ll need the following documents:

  • Driver’s License
  • Voided Business Check
  • Bank Statements
  • Credit Report
  • Business Tax Returns
  • Credit Card Processing Statements
  • Personal Tax Returns – 3 Years
  • Business Tax Returns – 3 Years
  • Personal Financial Statement
  • List of Real Estate Owned
  • Debt Schedule
  • Current P&L and Balance Sheet Year-to-Date
  • A/R and A/P Reports
  • First Down Funding 1 Page Application

Once you’ve gathered your documents, you’re ready for the next step.

Apply With First Down Funding

After all of that work, you’ll be glad to find that your next step is easy. Simply apply online through First Down Funding. You can also give us a call to go over any questions you may have.


How Do SBA Funding Work?

Like we said, banks have some pretty strict requirements. They want to funding money to borrowers who come with the least amount of risk. If the SBA hadn’t gotten involved, banks would only funding money to a select few people who meet their very specific requirements.

What is the SBA?

SBA stands for the Small Business Administration, a US federal government agency. They offer all sorts of small business help, but they’re most famous for their business funding help. The SBA helps small business owners obtain funding from banks and other credit organizations. While many people believe that the SBA provides the money for those funding, the truth is that the SBA simply guarantees those funding up to 85%. In other words, if the borrower defaults on the business funding, then the SBA pays 85% of that funding back to the bank. This way, banks can take on “riskier” funding seekers. Still, as you’ve noticed from reading this page, obtaining an SBA funding requires a lot of time and attention.

Where FDF Comes In

Now, First Down Funding works differently than the banks. We have a partnership with SBA fund ers, creating a “marketplace” atmosphere. As a result, our SBA funding are often much easier to qualify for than they are through other sources.

Are SBA Funding Hard to Get?

SBA funding are harder to get than your average funding. With long repayment terms, and low cost of working capital (and of course, having the government back you in case you can’t make repayment), there are plenty of business owners who want this option, which means a lot of competition. The application process is longer and more rigorous than others, and the eligibility requirements are more extensive than other funding options as well – business owners might even mold their product to fit the necessary specifications, just to get this funding.

All in all, it’s important to know everything it takes to get an SBA funding. It’s never too early to speak with First Down Funding to further discuss if an SBA funding is the right fit for you.


How Much Do SBA Funding Cost?

SBA funding have some of the lowest costs available, which is why so many small business owners seek them. Just like with any other business funding, your costs will vary depending on your credit score, your funding length, etc. First Down Funding clients often get better rates on business funding than they would from other fund ers. Our marketplace SBA funding start at just 5%. Most fund ers start their SBA funding at more than 7%. The lower costs at FDF come from the “marketplace” atmosphere that we described above.

SBA Quick Reference Chart

Funding of $150,000 or less
(See Note 2)
2% of guaranteed portion
Fund er is authorized to retain 25% of the fee.
Maturities that extend 12 months
SBA Express funding to qualified Veterans & Spouses up to $350,000 Zero (When program is zero subsidy.)
$150,001 to $700,000 3% of guaranteed portion.
$700,001 to $5,000,000
(See Note 3)
3.5% of guaranteed portion up to $1,000,000
Plus 3.75% of guaranteed portion over $1,000,000
Short Term Funding – up to $5 million 0.25% of guaranteed portion Maturities of 12 months or less
SBA On-Going Guaranty Fee A percentage of the outstanding balance of the guaranteed portion. The fee is set at time of approval. Paid by Fund er and cannot be passed on to the Borrower.

Note 1: SBA specifies the amount of certain fees each fiscal year for all funding approved during that year.

Note 2: For example, the guaranty fee on a $100,000 funding with an 85% guaranty would be 2% of $85,000 or $1,700, of which the Fund er may return $425.

Note 3: For example, the guaranty fee on a $5,000,000 funding with a 75% guaranty ($3.75 million guaranteed portion) would be 3.5% of $1,000,000 ($35,000) PLUS 3.75% of $2,750,000 ($103,125), which totals $138,125.

You can contact us anytime for help calculating your funding payments, or if you have any other questions.

Most customers who were approved had

*** Based on past customers

Annual Revenue

Over $150k

Credit Score


Time in Business

Over 2 years

What Documents Will I Need To Apply For A SBA Funding?

  • Driver’s License
  • Voided Business Check
  • Bank Statements
  • Credit Report
  • Business Tax Returns
  • Credit Card Processing Statements
  • Personal Tax Returns – 3 Years
  • Business Tax Returns – 3 Years
  • Personal Financial Statement
  • List of Real Estate Owned
  • Debt Schedule
  • Current P&L and Balance Sheet Year-to-Date
  • A/R and A/P Reports
  • First Down Funding Application

How to Apply for a SBA Funding with First Down Funding

Apply online in just a few minutes
Our system evaluates your business and typically provides a decision in minutes
Sign your contract and receive money in as fast as 24 hours


Contact First Down Funding for all funding options.