Small Business Administration Loans
"If you can get an SBA (Small Business Administration) loan today, I strongly suggest a small business owner take it," Sloane says. The U.S. Small Business Administration doesn’t make the loan itself, but it does guarantee loans made to businesses through commercial lending and private institutions. To apply, you need to complete a Central Contractor Registration, have a license, a bank account open with your business, a tax ID number and a North American Industry Classification code that determines your industry. Although there are millions of small businesses, less than 600,000 firms are registered in CCR, says Lourdes Martin-Rosa, American Express OPEN’s advisor in government contracting.