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ICYMI: NADCO Launches Veterans Lending Initiative


New Loan Incentive Program For Entrepreneurial Veterans

By Katherine Poythress | @ktpoy
San Diego Union-Tribune
MAY 17, 2013

The National Association of Development Companies launched a new loan incentive program for veteran-owned businesses during a conference in San Diego on Thursday.

NADCO is the trade association for nonprofit companies certified to administer the Small Business Administration’s loans, including a number of them targeted at entrepreneurial veterans.

The nonprofit lenders have become increasingly important as it has become difficult for small-business owners to land traditional bank loans.

The new VetLoan Advantage program is designed to increase veteran access to that government capital by encouraging those companies to offer former military members discounts on both commercial real estate and capital loans for their small businesses.

The association developed VetLoan Advantage in partnership with the Small Business Administration and San Diego-based CDC Small Business Finance.

Under the VetLoan Advantage banner, Certified Development Companies, or CDCs, will have the ability to develop and promote their own incentives for veterans.

This incentive program is part of a larger government push to help veterans rejoin the civilian work force, President and CEO Beth Solomon explained. Participation is optional for the lending companies, but those who do will gain visibility for themselves in the community while also helping veterans reacclimate to the work force, she said.

“We feel that it’s vital that lending institutions step forward to help veterans make the transition, because capital access is a problem for all small businesses, but an added problem for veterans who already have challenges transitioning into the civilian economy,” Solomon said. “It’s a different world, a different language, and we want to help them understand finances and be comfortable with entrepreneurship and get them the capital access that’s necessary to make it successful.”

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The 504 loan initiative is a self-funded long-term financing tool at no cost to taxpayers providing small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate loans with down payments as low as 10%. Certified Development Companies (CDC) work with the SBA and private sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses under the 504 loan program.


Veterans are eligible to take advantage of a cash rebate up to $3,000 for every SBA 504 loan funded to help offset their loan expenses, including appraisal and environmental reports.


The National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) is the trade association of Certified Development Companies (CDCs) - nonprofit companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide financing for small businesses under the SBA 504 Program. NADCO represents nearly 270 CDCs, serving all 50 states. In 2012, the industry provided $6 billion to nearly 10,000 U.S. small businesses.