Traditional and Alternative Debt Financing Solutions To Run - Grow - Or Start Your Company In Canada
How to finance a company in Canada - It is not secret that the ability to start a business, fund it for operations, and , as importantly , grow the company is a key challenge facing business owners, financial mgrs, and start up entrepreneurs.
There are basically only 3 ways to finance your company -
Cash Flow Financing Assets/Sales
Lets take a look at some key basics surrounding how these solutions can be accessed , and in some cases ' cobbled together' to identify the right source of business capital for your firm. Our comments will not focus on the ' equity ' component of your business ; private and public equity is a subject for another day .
In business the old adage ' timing is everything' is critical . Naturally financing your business in a healthy economy when your company is firing on all cylinders is much easier than a faltering economy or with your company experiencing financing challenges. The right amount of debt and cash flow is often the life blood of any firm . Companies large and small go out of business due to their inability to get the proper mix of financing in place.
Banks and commercial finance companies are of course your ' financial partner ' when it comes to generating financial support for your firm. As companies growth they need additional cash flow financing to support sales, a/r and inventory levels, etc. It should not, but it might ! come as a surprise to many that companies can fail when they grow too quickly.
As we noted the main providers of business financing in Canada are our chartered banks and commercial finance firms . Some of these commercial finance firms offer traditional financing - many of them are 'bank alternatives ' ,providing capital to firms who cannot access bank credit.
Debt And Cash Flow Financing Options in Canada
Banks are often the first ' go to ' when it comes to business looking to access financing solutions in Canada. When companies have the right amount of owner equity, corporate and personal assets and collateral the rates, terms flexibility, and amount of capital is virtually unlimited.
Unfortunately the banking system in Canada does not support the many thousands of firms who have basic or specialized needs and can't qualify under bank criteria. These companies just don't have the ' secondary repayment sources' and outside the business collateral often required by the SME COMMERCIAL FINANCING sector in Canada.
So what then are the options to finance a company . The options are asset based lenders and other ' alternative finance ' firms that provide
Non bank lines of credit,
Purchase order financing
Tax credit finance solutions.
Sale Leaseback financing
Short Term Working Capital Loans
And it is safe to say that these firms do not require the same qualifications required by banks . It's a bit of an over simplification but the two main requirements for alternative financing are
Equipment financing, aka leasing your key assets is also a very effective method of financing your firm. It also relieves the larger cash outlays your business needs when it acquires assets.
Start up and small businesses have access to the Government SBL loan program - This is a government guaranteed loan which has great rates, terms and structures when it comes to acquire assets and even financing leaseholds and real estate. Many franchises in Canada, as well as business acquisitions in the SME sector are financed by the Industry Canada govt loan program .As stated the majority of the loan is guaranteed to the bank by the Federal government. A partner you might not have known you had !
Cash flow financing, or ' Asset Monetization ' can be accomplished by utilizing receivable financing, inventory finance, and even selling your tax credits such as those under the SR&ED program . The SR&ED program provides billions of dollars in non refundable credits and these credits are easily financed.
One of the best methods of cash flow financing comes your a partner you know only too well - yourself and your firm. By managing your assets such as inventory and A/R you can generate internal cash flow through your business operations.
Speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who has a track record of business finance success on those debt and cash flow financing options when it comes to how to finance a company in Canada.
7 Park Avenue Financial :
South Sheridan Executive Centre
2910 South Sheridan Way
Business financing for Canadian Firms , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing , Equipment Leasing , franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance . Founded 2004 - Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations .
Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.
Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in depth, hands on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.