Three types of small business credit
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“Secured” credit means that the lender knows you have the assets, or collateral, available to repay them. For example, to qualify for $1,000 of secured credit, you would need to provide the bank with proof that you have $1,000, either in cash or another acceptable form, such as equipment or investments.
“Unsecured” credit is a loan that is not backed by collateral (such as cash or property) of the borrower.
Loans or credit lines from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). To qualify for most SBA credit, your business should have a good credit history and show the capacity to repay. For most SBA loan programs, you apply to a financial institution, but the SBA helps you, the business owner, by guaranteeing to repay the lender a certain percentage of the loan amount if you were unable to. Your business may be able to borrow a higher amount or receive a better interest rate than you would without an SBA guarantee.
To learn more about credit, see the topic Using Credit to Your Advantage. For more information about the SBA, see the lesson How the SBA Can Help You.