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SBA 7(a) program runs out of funds – Costs my company $10,000

Subject: FW: Information Notice 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level

This is an email I just sent out to all of the employees of www.ThatCompany.com

 

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It’s a good headline in the big scheme of things.. It means that the economy is recovering.

 

It’s a TERRIBLE headline if you are a day from being approved and cannot get funded until next fiscal year (October 1), and the contract you are under requires you to close by August 14th.

 

Our building deal just went up in smoke.  Today we were expecting the bank to give us our letter of commitment, thereby committing to a loan on our new office building.  However, with this news the loan can’t be funded until the Federal Government’s next fiscal year (October 1, 2015) or unless congress takes action (ha-ha our Congress taking action, there is nothing funnier) , and since our contract would require us to close on the building by August 14, 2015, we simply cannot go forward under those conditions / risks.

That said the situation also just cost us to lose approximately $10,000.  We had hard money spent on the Survey, appraisal, and environmental study, along with additional costs to our CPA firm for preparing and re-preparing numerous financial reports in pursuit of this loan.

All is not lost however. Simply delayed.  The building may or may not be available when the SBA 7a program is funded in October.  If it is available, we can obviously make another offer and pick up where we left off (if the seller would be willing to tie it up again for us, as it obviously didn’t work out to well for them this time).  If the building is not available, then we are back at a new square looking for a new location.  But having been through this once it won’t take us long to get approved again.  The only difference being; we’re $10,000 lighter as the environmental, Survey, and appraisal are useless on any other property.

Obviously, I am not too happy.  I damn sure didn’t want to lose 10 grand, and even more so I didn’t want to waste all of this time.  I have spent the better of the last 4 month working on this.  It really is a “bummer” to have come this far, poured this much time and effort in, only to have it all wasted at the last moment.

On the positive side had this announcement come 2 business days later we might have been on the hook for an additional $15,000 in earnest money.  Timing is everything.

And for those that want more… below is the actual announcement from the SBA to our lender yesterday. Sigh…

 

Ken Knorr

CEO

That Company

a division of Buildtelligence

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From: Burr.Gail [removed@SunTrust.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:56 AM
To: Ken Knorr
Subject: Information Notice 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level

 

Here is the email from SBA that speaks to the 7(a) funding.
From: Bryant, Rosalind D. [removed@sba.gov]
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 08:48 AM
Subject: Information Notice 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level

 

******URGENT******

Information Notice

TO:                All SBA Employees CONTROL NO.: 5000-1344
SUBJECT: 7(a) Loan Program Authorization Level EFFECTIVE: 7-22-2015

 

In recent months, SBA’s 7(a) program has experienced unprecedented demand from America’s small business community.  SBA has already approved over 45,000 loans this year totaling more than $16.5 billion, a 25 percent increase over this same period last year.  At this rate of usage, the program will hit its FY 2015 loan volume ceiling of $18.75 billion before the end of the fiscal year and likely within the next few days.  Once this statutory cap is reached, SBA will be forced to suspend its 7(a) small business lending until the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2015, unless the 7(a) loan authority is increased.

 

SBA recognizes that any lapse in the 7(a) loan program would impact thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses who rely on the program to overcome their inability to otherwise secure the credit necessary to start or expand their business.  SBA is working with Congress to avoid a suspension by raising the statutory loan cap, but there can be no assurance as to the timing or likelihood of a legislative solution.

 

Accordingly, SBA is providing information in anticipation of the end of the availability of 7(a) loan authority.  Applications will be processed up to the point of approval and then will be placed into a queue awaiting the availability of program authority (the “Queue”).  Once program authority becomes available due to Congressional action or as a result of cancellations of loans previously approved this fiscal year, applications in the Queue will be funded in the order they were approved by SBA, with the exception that requests for increases to previously approved loans will be funded before applications for new loans.

 

There is sufficient program authority to fund loans already accepted for processing by SBA’s Loan Guaranty Processing Center.  Applications submitted under delegated and non-delegated processes after the date of this Notice will be placed in the same Queue.  Applications placed in the Queue awaiting the availability of program level may experience significant delays and may not be funded until on or after October 1.

 

The Certified Development Company (504) Program continues to have available capacity to fund 504-eligible loans through the end of the fiscal year.

 

SBA Field Offices must notify lenders about this Notice.  Questions concerning this Notice should be directed to the lender relations specialist in the local SBA field office.  The local SBA field office may be found at www.sba.gov/localresources.

 

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