LA Business Loans

Citywide Small Business Loan Program

Secured Small Business Loans made to businesses located in the City of Los Angeles, subject to Public Benefits provision, for Accounts Receivable support, business purchase, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements (subject to prevailing wages).

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Lender: Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), a not for profit California corporation with charitable designation pursuant to the IRC Section 501(C)(3)
Borrower: Existing businesses, start-ups with over 50% equity contribution, no real estate investment or development projects, no financing entities

Amount: $45,000 – $450,000
Availability: Available now

Maturity: The stated maturity of each Small Business Loan, shall be determined on a case-by-case basis, however, such maturity date shall not exceed seven (7) years. No prepayment penalty.

Fees: 3 points plus out-of-pocket costs
Interest Rate: Borrowers shall pay VEDC interest rate at the Yield for ten year US Treasury Bill plus 4.25%, per annum, payable on a monthly basis in arrears. The index of the Yield for ten-year US Treasury Bill may be adjusted quarterly at VEDC’s discretion and promptly advised to Borrower.
Amortization: The Small Business Loans shall amortize monthly, with up to a fifteen (15) years amortization schedule, through the stated maturity of each Small Business Loan.
Funding Mechanism: Funds will be made available through controlled disbursements to vendors or, in the case of working capital, controlled amounts for payroll and operating expenses.

Collateral: The Collateral shall consist of the following:
1. A UCC-1 perfected security interest in the each and every collateral provided in conjunction with the Small Business Loan, subject to the following limitations:

  • Accounts Receivable: 35%
  • Inventories: 35%
  • Real Assets, including Equipment: 30%

Equipment, alone, may provide for a 100% of Collateral, subject to Loan to Value constraint provided hereinafter.


Collateral: ARs: $100,000        Value $35,000
Inventories: $200,000              Value $70,000
Equipment: $400,000                Value $120,000

Maximum Loan amount: $225,000

Real Assets, including real estate, may comprise 100% of Collateral with maximum LTV of 65% excluding vacant land and land under construction, based on a current appraisal.
Underwriting, Servicing, and Collection:

VEDC shall provide all services to the Small Business Loan Program, with respect to (i) underwriting, (ii) documentation, (iii) servicing and (iv) collections.
DSC Ratio

The borrower for each Small Business Loan shall demonstrate ability to generate Net Operating Income, before taxes and debt service, at 1.2:1.00 of debt service for the aggregate of debt amount outstanding.
Guarantee: Each Small Business Loan should be guaranteed for on-going debt service and repayment by corporate and personal guaranty of the respective borrower(s) with 20% or more ownership.
Reporting: On a quarterly or monthly basis, with respect to each and every Small Business Loan, borrower shall provide VEDC with financial statements and on an annual basis, tax returns.

Collateral Insurance Requirements The Collateral provided for each Small Business Loan, consisting of real assets (inventory and equipment) should be insured in accordance with the VEDC’s insurance requirements.

Program Lenders The VEDC will engage with the LABAP service providers for the later to serve as originators of his Small Business Loan program, subject to their expertise and the extent of contribution.
Public Benefits

The Small Business Loans, each shall meet either or a combination of the following public benefits:

* Creation and retention of permanent jobs
* Wages at least at not less than the prevailing Living Wage Ordinance
* With 51% of the jobs to be for low to moderate-income workforce.