In 2004 I founded 7 PARK AVENUE FINANCIAL. At that time I had spent all my working life, at that time - Over 30 years in Commercial credit and lending and Canadian business financing. I believe the commercial lending landscape has drastically changed in Canada. I believe a void exists for business owners and finance managers for companies, large and small who want service, creativity, and alternatives.
Every day we strive to consistently deliver business financing that you feel meets the needs of your business. If you believe as we do that financing solutions and alternatives exist for your firm we want to talk to you. Our purpose is simple: we want to deliver the best business finance solutions for your company.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Surviving The Franchise Business Loan Process - Doing it Right In Franchise Finance Funding in Canada
We wouldn’t say that it’s a life and death situation, but clearly surviving the entire franchise business loan process with a final result of successful franchise funding of your new business is clearly a victory on your part.
Let’s examine how you find franchise finance funding in Canada and the most efficient methods to complete the process when it comes to time, resources, and utilizing proper expertise.
Although there is somewhat of a negative spin on business funding and business financing in general the reality is that as a whole the franchise industry is viewed as a positive ' vertical market ' by the lenders that participate in this area . Many new entrepreneurs will be surprised to hear that one government financing vehicle is actually the most utilized by new franchisees.
We also sometimes forget to reference the fact that when it comes to a franchise funding that whole process can also involve your purchase of an existing franchise where the current owner is motivated to sell. Certain processes, procedures and recommendations on buying an existing franchise are somewhat different than your traditional new ' turn key ' approach to a brand new franchise.
So let’s get back to our ' survival ' theme. What elements of preparation are critical to that? Many franchisees we talk to complain or tell horror stories of the time it took them to finance their business. Our observation on that is simply that if you are not fully prepared up front to present a package to the right party, containing all the critical elements... well you know what comes next... there is just simply a tremendous amount of back and forth and potential frustration on your part . And don’t forget you also run the risk of alienating your lender and being perceived as ill prepared to own and run an entrepreneurial business.
So what you do need to have in that packaged that allows you to survive the entire financing process?
The key elements are a concise business plan as a good start! We also caution franchisees that the plan should focus on repayment of the loan and franchise funding itself - with less emphasis on all the marketing and ' pr ‘type material that is in many plans we see.
Key elements of that plan are your background and experience. If you are purchasing a business and looking for a franchise business loan in an industry in which you have no experience be aware that that will be come a discussion point with the lender. In reality any business person that has solid overall management experience and skills, coupled with some financial acumen should be in a position to ‘up sell ' their skills as a new franchisee and entrepreneur.
We speak of the ' lenders ' in franchise finance funding in Canada. If you don’t know who they are we can virtually guarantee you frustration and a potential decline of your proposal.
The largest franchise lender in Canada... are you ready for this... is the government of Canada by virtue of their support of a special program called the BIL/CSBF loan program . The majority of franchise business funding is done through this program. By the way it has great rates, terms and structures that are often perfect matched to your needs.
In summary, we can clearly say that a franchise business loan is not 'rocket science ' ; identify a suitable BIL/CSBF loan partner , prepare a clear package that’s focused on your and repayment of the financing, and consider seeking the services of an expert in Canadian business financing in the franchise area . You'll find you have survived the process and come out on the other end approved and ready to commence your role as a new Canadian business owner in the franchise industry.
Stan Prokop - founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial -
Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 7 years - has completed in excess of 50 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations .Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details :