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Business Financing & Building a Business
Business Financing 101: Grow Your Business by Borrowing
Whether you want to build a new business or expand an existing business, you might need to borrow money from the bank to get your dream off the ground. This is when business financing, or business lending, comes into play. But first, you’ll want to find out how much money you need to borrow.
List Your Business Expenses
Before you look into business lending, you should first list your basic business expenses. These costs might include:
- Start-up costs (if you’re starting a new business)
- Employee salaries
- Paper and other office supplies
- Purchasing or leasing operating equipment
- Decorating or remodeling costs
- Legal and professional fees
- Machinery and power tools
Choose the Right Business Borrowing Option for Your Goals
If you’ve made the decision to borrow money to support your business, you should determine which loan best meets your needs before applying for a business loan.
Types of business loans include:
- Business Term Loans
- Equipment and Vehicle Loans
- Business Lines of Credit
- Commercial Real Estate Loans
Business Line of Credit
If you only need short-term capital or funds to support a seasonal business, consider a business line of credit. A line of credit is one type of business lending option similar to a credit card. However, the interest you pay on a business line of credit may be lower and also tax-deductible.
When you borrow cash from a business line of credit, you’ll be able to withdrawal funds during the draw period. WesBanco’s FlexLine of Credit has an interest-only draw period, meaning you only need to pay interest during the draw period. FlexLine is also revolving, so once you pay back the total amount, it’s available to borrow again as you need to.
A business line of credit is helpful if you want to have money for operating costs until your business turns a profit or if you run a seasonal business like landscaping.
Commercial Real Estate Loans
Looking to expand your physical footprint? A commercial real estate loan might be the right option. A commercial real estate loan can help you purchase a new space or refinance your current one.
WesBanco offers business financing to buy or refinance a storefront, warehouse, office building, land for agricultural applications and more. WesBanco’s commercial real estate loans are flexible, offering fixed and adjustable interest rates to meet your needs.
Equipment and Vehicle Loans
Maybe growing your company means investing in equipment, technology or vehicles rather than a physical space. If that’s the case, consider opting for an Equipment and Vehicle loan.
WesBanco offers flexible business financing for purchases like manufacturing equipment, medical or dental machinery and diagnostic tools, construction equipment and even company cars. This type of business lending will keep your business moving.
Business Credit Cards
Aside from the above business loans, you can also open a business credit card. WesBanco offers a variety of business credit cards to meet your business needs. Explore our business credit cards to determine which card suits your business.
How to Qualify for a Business Loan
Ready to grow? You’ll have to qualify for a business loan before receiving your funds, so start gathering information the bank will need to process your application:
- Business plan
- Balance sheet and income statement
- Cash flow projections
- Profit and loss reports
- Personal financial statements for all business partners
- Credit report
- Personal income tax returns
- Information on business debts
SBA Business Loans
WesBanco is dedicated to growing the interests of small businesses in our regions. We have a variety of small business loans to support your business financing needs, whether you’re a small, midsize or growing commercial business.
We work to get to know you and your business, so we can recommend the right products when you need them. Even if you’re not ready to borrow yet, you can open a business checking account or savings account to develop a working relationship with our team before you apply.
In addition to getting to know the financials of your business, we may ask how much you have personally invested in your company, as a way to assess your commitment to the business and risk of investment. Having personal financial information handy can help drive conversations with our business lending team.
For more information, go to SBA.gov.
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