The City of Berkeley can assist you in obtaining financing for business expansion and other business needs.
Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund
The City of Berkeley’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program can provide access to capital for businesses and entrepreneurs who seek to grow and retain/ create jobs, but do not qualify for a traditional bank loan. The RLF serves all commercial areas in the City. Loans are available for business expansion, purchase of fixed assets, tenant improvements and real estate.
Up to $35,000 (Loans greater than $35,000 are up to the discretion of the Board)
Fixed Interest Rates:
WSJ Prime Interest Rate, at time of loan approval plus 2 percent.
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Up to 7 years
1% of loan amount
Required; Personal guarantee required of all principals with 20% or more interest in business
10% of loan amount for existing businesses; 20% of loan amount for start-up businesses
To be considered, borrowers must meet these requirements:
- Demonstrate retention and/or creation of employment opportunities
- Have firm commitments for other financial components of projects
- Demonstrate credit worthiness and ability to repay the loan
- Willing to comply with all regulations, policies and requirements as they relate to the program
- Berkeley RLF Administrative Plan
- Berkeley RLF Loan Application
- Berkeley RLF Supplemental Information Checklist
- Berkeley RLF Credit Authorization Form
For more information please contact Eleanor Hollander at (510) 981-7536.
Additional Financial Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assists small businesses with obtaining federal financial assistance, engaging in contracting with the federal government, and recovering from disasters. The agency also offers technical assistance for free or at low cost to small businesses. Detailed information on all the SBA programs can be found at www.sba.gov. The following are the most commonly used SBA loan programs:
7(a) Loan Guarantee Program 7(a) loans are the most basic and widely-used SBA loan. 7(a) loans are not directly funded by SBA. Rather, they are provided by lenders who choose to participate in the program. The business owner applies to a participating lender for financing. The lender then decides if they will make the loan on their own, or if they will request SBA’s assistance in order to make the loan. The 7(a) loans can be used for a variety of business purposes: working capital, inventory, equipment, improvements, purchase of commercial real estate, and under certain circumstances, refinancing of business debt and business acquisition.
SBA 504 Loan Program The 504 Program provides growing businesses with long-term, low fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. Certified Development Companies (CDC) are non-profit organizations that work with SBA and private sector lenders to provide the financing to small businesses.
Micro-loans The SBA Microloan Program provides, through nonprofit community based lenders, loans of up to $50,000. Loans can be used for start-ups or growing businesses. Loans can be used for a variety of purposes, including machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, supplies, materials, and inventory, as well as other startup or expansion costs.
Business owners can connect with participating SBA lenders by using the SBA LINC tool.
For more information on local SBA resources and participating lenders, please visit the San Francisco District webpage, call 415-744-6820, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.