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Newtek has branded itself the "Small Business Authority" with a goal of using its website to provide content and services that make it the premier destination for small businesses in the U.S. Newtek offers term loans for business financing needs and real estate purchases; Small Business Administration (SBA) loans; and merchant cash advances of future credit and debit card sales. The company also offers loan portfolio underwriting, servicing, and closing support for other financial institutions.

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The Good

  • Alliance partners
  • Large loans and terms
  • Variety of financing

Alliance Partners

Small businesses can apply for pre-qualification at Newtek's website, but the application and approval process is handled via phone with a Newtek employee. Newtek also works with "alliance partners" who refer small businesses to Newtek for financing. Newtek's alliance partners include credit unions such as Navy Federal and Spire. Also financial companies such as Morgan Stanley and AIG.

Large Loans and Terms

Newtek provides small businesses with term loans from $50,000 to $10 million that are payable with 7 - 25 year amortization schedules. Newtek claims it can offer longer repayment terms than banks, which allows it to lower payments and provide more attractive rates than banks. The company also defines itself as "the nation's leading non-bank lender, specializing in end-to-end financing solutions for small businesses."

Variety of Financing

Newtek offers term loans, SBA loans, and other forms of financing, such as real estate loans and accounts receivable financing. For some loans, Newtek can work with businesses even if they are startups or if the business owner(s) have below standard credit ratings.

Additional Small Business Support Services

Newtek doesn't just offer loans to its business customers. The company also provides services to assist small businesses in becoming successful, including:

  • Electronic payment processing
  • Website hosting, design, and development
  • Insurance for commercial, health, and personal policies
  • Payroll management
  • Accounts receivables management
  • Cloud hosting services
  • Internet marketing
  • Brand identity

Simplified Application Process

Newtek conducts telephone interviews to determine if your business can be pre-qualified for loans. Newtek's staff works with businesses to complete a condensed application process and explain what kinds of funding are available. Newtek's staff can assist their small business customers with creating documentation required to qualify for loans, including preparing business plans

Available Nationwide

Newtek provides financing to businesses in a large variety of industries. The company makes it financing options available to U.S. owned and operated businesses in all 50 states.

The Bad

  • Limited online information
  • Slow pre-qualification time

Limited Online Information

Like many other business lenders, Newtek does not put much information about the cost of its loans on its website. Newtek does not list a range of interest rates for any of its financing options. Newtek also does not list the cost of any origination fees, closing fees, or prepayment penalties. The company does specify it charges a "packaging fee" of between $1,000 - $2,500 for SBA 7(a) loans depending on the amount of the loan.

Newtek claims it can offer attractive rates for its financing options, but does not provide any examples of what interest rates it charges or the cost of any application fees businesses can expect to pay if they get a loan with Newtek. To find out about the fees and terms of the loans available to them, business owners need to go through the application process, but they could benefit from knowing this information in advance of applying for the loans so they can compare the costs of Newtek's loans to its competitors. In addition to interest rate and fee information, businesses can benefit from having the following information added to the business loans section of Newtek's website:

  • Minimum credit score needed to qualify
  • Minimum annual or monthly revenue required
  • Collateral required for secured loans

Slow Pre-Qualification Time

Newtek's pre-qualification process requires business owners to fill out an online form and wait to be contacted by a Newtek employee with a quote or to call the company. Newtek states pre-qualification can take 48 hours, which is much slower than other lenders who have online pre-qualification processes that let businesses know almost immediately if they can qualify for a loan.

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The Bottom Line

Newtek provides an alternative to traditional banks for small businesses seeking loans. The company offers a variety of term loans, SBA loans, and other types of financing, as well as business support services to help small businesses manage and grow their companies. Newtek will work with startups and business owners with below standard credit ratings and its loans are available to U.S. owned and operated businesses throughout the U.S. Newtek offers terms of up to 25 years, which may help lower the monthly payments required for its loans, and it can provide loans of up to $10 million.

To determine whether the interest rates and fees Newtek charges for its loans are affordable, business owners need to apply for pre-qualification and speak with a Newtek employee. If you have the time to go through the pre-qualification and application process, it may be worthwhile to see if Newtek's costs are more competitive than other lenders' costs for your business financing needs.

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