Course Description

For most small businesses, borrowing money from a lender is an inevitability rather than an option. In spite of the necessity of borrowing capital, many small business owners are overwhelmed by what seems like a complex process. In this session, we will help demystify the loan process as we walk business owners and prospective borrowers through the essential components of small business lending and help prepare them with the necessary tools to engage a lender and become a successful borrower.

Course Outline

  • Understanding the value and advantages of small business loans
  • The key steps of the loan process
  • How a lender evaluates a loan request
  • How borrowing differs for a start-up venture and an existing business
  • Question and answer session

Learner Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the specific steps of the loan process
  • Understand the expectations of the lender
  • Grasp the timeline from application to closing
  • Understand borrower’s responsibilities in the loan process


University of Georgia. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All programs of the UGA SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
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