There is an inherent risk when lending to small businesses. Cash flow, lack of collateral and length of credit history are just a few barriers you face every day. The Office of Entrepreneurship can help increase your ability to offer small business loans with less risk.
The Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative (KSBCI) offers three innovative credit enhancement tools designed to help participating lenders approve more small business loans and provide financing on projects that would typically fall just outside of their normal underwriting guidelines. Participation in the program is voluntary and available to banks, federally insured credit unions and community development financial institutions.
Steps to participate in the program
- 1. Review Programs and Apply: Lender reviews KSBCI guidelines and applies online to participate in one or more of the credit enhancement programs that best fit their institution’s lending goals and policies. Lenders may apply to participate in any or all three credit enhancement programs:
Kentucky Capital Access Program:
provides matching loan loss reserves, funded by combined premiums from lenders, borrowers and the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA).
Kentucky Loan Participation Program:
allows the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) to purchase up to 20 percent of a small business loan and potentially offer a grace period for payment of interest and/or principle.
Kentucky Collateral Support Program:
provides a pledged asset (cash collateral account) to an enrolled lender of up to 20 percent of their loan in order to enhance the collateral coverage of a small business borrower that is otherwise qualified but unable to meet the lender’s security requirements. KYCSP Guidelines
If you are interested in becoming a participating lender, please apply online or submit the following forms to email@example.com. If you have questions, please contact us at 800-626-2930.
2. Training and Marketing:
It’s important for the lender to ensure that all appropriate personnel are aware of the program and its guidelines. Upon request, the Cabinet for Economic Development can provide additional program support and training as needed. Lenders are also encouraged to implement their KSBCI marketing plan as described in their application.
3. Identify Loan Projects:
As loan opportunities become available; the Office of Entrepreneurship can help you navigate the application process. Please feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org@ky.gov) early in your approval process to discuss structuring issues. While the Cabinet must ensure that projects that are submitted for risk reduction support meet with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s guidelines, the Cabinet will rely upon participating lenders to be creative while making judicious loan decisions.
4. Submit Loan Projects:
If the lender considers a project to be eligible and a good fit for one of the KSBCI credit enhancement programs, the lender then submits all applicable documentation to the Cabinet. For Capital Access Projects, participating lenders will be asked to submit the Kentucky Capital Access Program Agreement to the Cabinet. This document includes:
Exhibit A KYCAP Program Borrower’s Certificate
For Loan Participation or Collateral Support Projects, please submit the following information:
Exhibit B KYCAP Program Lender’s Certificate
Exhibit C KYCAP Program Disclosure and Waiver Agreement
Exhibit D KYCAP Program Loan Enrollment Form
Projects that involve a lender refinancing their own loan and passive real estate projects may not be eligible for support. Please contact us at 800-626-2930 if you have any questions.
5. After loan closing:
Once the loan has been closed, it is important to provide all necessary paperwork to the Cabinet. This documentation includes:
Copies of all signed loan documents, notes, etc.
All designated fees
Contact information: Email or at 800-626-2930.
Small Business Credit Initiative Quick Fact Sheet
U.S. Department of Treasury’s Federal Small Business Credit Initiative Program
Quarterly Funding Report