Access to Capital
Bradenton Area businesses that are seeking access to capital have a wide range of choices to consider. Several are noted here.
SBA 504 Loan Program – The SBA 504 Loan Program is a powerful economic development loan program that offers small businesses an alternative avenue for financing, while promoting growth and job creation. The SBA 504 Loan Program provides approved small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing used to acquire fixed assets for expansion or modernization.
504 Loans are typically structured with the SBA providing 40% of the total project costs, a participating lender covering up to 50% of the total project costs, and the borrower contributing 10% of the project costs. Under certain circumstances, a borrower may be required to contribute up to 20% of the total project costs.
SBA 7(a) Loan Program – The 7(a) Loan Program includes financial help for businesses with special requirements, which may include: the purchase of land or buildings, to cover new construction as well as expansion or conversion of existing facilities; the purchase of equipment, machinery, furniture, fixtures, supplies or materials; long-term working capital, including the payment of accounts payable and/or the purchase of inventory; short-term working capital needs, including seasonal financing, contract performance, construction financing and export production; financing against existing inventory and receivable under special conditions; the refinancing of existing business indebtedness that is not already structured with reasonable terms and conditions; the purchase of an existing business.
State Small Business Credit Initiative – Created as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2012, the SSBCI was designed by the federal government to help states strengthen existing loan and equity programs and/or create new programs that support the financing of small businesses. The primary objective of Florida’s SSBCI program is to leverage private capital for Florida’s small businesses, which are defined as businesses with 500 employees or less. Through the SSBCI program, Florida’s small businesses have access to debt and venture capital funding that may not otherwise be available, and a flexible and non-bureaucratic resource for funding.
Florida Venture Forum – Headquartered in Tampa, the Florida Venture Forum offers statewide educational programs attended by venture capitalists, investors, bankers, corporate executives, accountants, lawyers and entrepreneurs, providing exceptional networking opportunities for participants. In addition to regularly scheduled events, the Florida Venture Forum hosts the annual Florida Venture Capital Conference, which showcases high growth companies seeking equity financing before a nationwide audience of venture capitalists and investment bankers.
Florida Opportunity Fund – Legislation passed by Florida Legislature in 2007 provided for the creation of the Florida Opportunity Fund, initially as a “fund of funds” program that invests in venture capital funds. In 2009, The Florida Legislature expanded the Florida Opportunity Fund’s mandate to create direct investment programs that invest in businesses and infrastructure projects. The Florida Opportunity Fund is sponsored by Enterprise Florida and is managed by Florida First Partners. Florida Opportunity Fund investment programs include the Fund-of-Funds Program, the Clean Energy Investment Program and the Florida Venture Capital Program.
Tamiami Angel Fund – The Tamiami Family of Funds are Angel Funds organized to allow high net worth individuals and family offices an opportunity for active involvement in a diversified capital investment process with a portfolio of emerging growth companies.
Florida Recycling Loan Program – The Florida Recycling Loan Program was created to provide access to capital for the purchase of equipment and machinery to expand recycling capacity in Florida. The program offers long-term fixed-rate loans at interest rates up to 2% below Prime. The program is limited to for-profit small businesses that are either legally licensed and operating in Florida, creditworthy start-up companies or out-of-state firms considering expansions into Florida. Eligible recycling companies must have a net worth less than $6 million and have less than 100 employees.
Fusion Pointe – Fusion Pointe advances Southwest Florida’s innovation economy by connecting entrepreneurs with experienced mentors, who will help them build their high-tech startups into investor-ready ventures and connect them with the right funders at the appropriate time. Fusion Pointe will create additional opportunities in the local economic development community by becoming a buzzing hub of venture development, where entrepreneurs will get the knowledge, connections and potential sources of capital they need to succeed, all under one organization.
Industrial Revenue Bonds – Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (IDRBs) finance business and industrial expansions for firms with strong credit. IDRBs can provide low-interest loans for large projects by permitting the borrower to take advantage of long-term financing with lower than prime interest rates. The Manatee County Administrator has the authority to provide procedures for the review of the application and provide consent to issuance based upon the best interest of the county. The determination shall be based upon review of the application and other requested information for IDRB financing and shall include, but not be limited to consideration of: 1) environmental impacts; 2) jobs created; 3) relationship to economic development programs; 4) additional economic impacts; 5) nature of commitment owners and developers of the project are prepared to make to secure the commitment to provide benefits to Manatee County; 6) impact on public service and facilities; and 7) consistency with the county’s land development code and the likelihood of obtaining zoning and land use and development approvals. For more informmation, please contact: Lauren Kratsch, Bradenton Area EDC, Director of Project Management, 941.803.9032.