- Installment loans
- Working capital loans
- Competitive rates and fees
- Transparent advertising
- Solid online reputation
- Quality customer service
Credibility Capital offers medium-term installment loans to eligible merchants. Launched in April of 2015, this lender has been in business for around two years.
This lender is partnered with a number of other companies; the most notable company is Dun & Bradstreet, with whom it has an exclusive partnership.
Credibility Capital’s rates and fees are more-or-less competitive with lenders that offer similar products. This lender’s maximum APR is a little lower than others, but it also offers a slightly higher minimum APR and shorter term lengths than you might be able to find elsewhere. Keep in mind, however, that your personal rates will depend on the strength of your business and how Credibility Capital evaluates risk.
However, if you meet the qualifications, Credibility Capital is certainly worth including in your comparisons. In addition to the competitive rates and fees, the company is transparent and communicative and has a positive reputation across the web.
Read on for the details!
Credibility Capital offers installment loans to qualified merchants.
These are the minimum requirements to qualify for a Credibility Capital loan:
Time in business:18 months
Credit score:Strong personal credit
Revenue:Currently generating revenue
This lender does not have any specific requirements regarding your credit score, but they do require “strong personal credit.” If your credit score is at least 640 or above, you will have a better chance of qualifying. The lender also does not have any specific requirements regarding how much your business makes.
In addition to the above, Credibility Capital will not consider businesses if they have filed for personal or business bankruptcy in the last five years. This company also cannot currently lend to businesses in Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Vermont.
Rates and Fees
There are the rates and fees for Credibility Capital’s loans:
Borrowing amount:$10K – $350K
Term length:1, 2, or 3 years
Interest rate:7.99% – 20%
Origination fee:3% – 5%
APR:10% – 25%
Collateral:Personal guarantee, UCC-1 blanket lien
Credibility Capital offers traditional installment loans with term lengths of one, two, or three years. Repayments are fixed and made on a monthly basis.
This company charges a one-time origination fee but does not charge any other fees. For example, you will not be charged a prepayment penalty for repaying your loan early.
Credibility Capital stands out from other lenders because you can check your eligibility without making an account. If you are not eligible, you are free to either make an account so Credibility Capital can hook you up with one of their partners, or you can go elsewhere to seek funding.
If you choose to make an account, you will have to provide basic information about yourself and your business. To complete the application you will have to provide these documents:
- Tax ID number
- Revenue or the last 12 months
- Social security number
When your application is complete, a loan specialist will get in contact with you to continue the process. This person might also request other documents, like bank statements and tax returns, depending on your business and what product you’re applying for.
Credibility Capital will also run a credit check. However, according to the FAQ, it will be a soft check, which won’t affect your credit score.
The time from application to funding normally takes less than a week.
Sales and Advertising Transparency
Credibility Capital is a signatory on the Small Business Borrower’s Bill of Rights, a bill that lays out the fundamental standards that should be upheld by business lenders, which includes access to transparent terms.
The company lives up to that promise—Credibility Capital’s provides plenty of information on their website that will help borrowers decide if this is the right loan for them. Additionally, because the company lets you check your eligibility without making an account and filling out a long application, potential borrowers will be able to quickly determine if a loan from this company is worth pursuing.
Customer Service and Technical Support
Customer service is available Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm EST. Most customers are happy with the level of customer service, claiming that the reps are friendly, knowledgeable, and proactive.
Negative Reviews and Complaints
Credibility Capital has a presence on the Better Business Bureau; the company is accredited with an A rating. Currently, they have 14 reviews (most of which are positive) and no complaints.
Regardless, here are the reasons Credibility Capital may not work for you:
- Not for startups or merchant with poor credit: Credibility Capital targets borrowers with businesses at least 18 months old and with strong credit. If you do not meet their requirements, you will have to look elsewhere for funding.
- Short term lengths: Credibility Capital offers maximum borrowing term lengths of three years, whereas similar lenders offer term lengths up to five years.
Aside from the BBB, Credibility Capital does not yet have a very large presence on any other review sites or the web at large. In a sense, an absence of poor reviews counts as a good review. However, we’d still like to hear about your experiences. Leave a message in the comments!
Positive Reviews and Testimonials
- Fast time from application to funding: While a bank usually takes months to fund a business, Credibility Capital only takes a few days.
- Little paperwork: Credibility Capital requires much less paperwork than banks might.
- Professional, friendly customer service: Reviewers liked that the customer service was informative, professional, and cared about their business.
Credibility Capital is best for strong, creditworthy businesses which are not quite eligible for a bank loan yet. If you qualify, Credibility Capital is certainly worth getting a quote from; the application is easy, and the company is transparent and helpful.
That said, Credibility Capital is not the only lender that offers funding to merchants with over a year in business and strong personal credit; anybody eligible for this service will be eligible for others, and your rates will vary by lender based on how each lender evaluates risk. Because other lenders offer longer term lengths and lower minimum APRs, borrowers (especially very creditworthy borrowers) might be able to find better rates elsewhere. For this reason, it’s best to make some comparisons before setting on Credibility Capital (or any other lender).
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by Brett Baris, CEO & Co-Founder
Small Business Saturday is less than two weeks away and excitement is mounting. If social media activity is any indication, 2016 will be the most successful Small Business Saturday to date.
The Big Impact of Small Business
The Shop Small movement began in 2010 to encourage the general public to support their local businesses and in turn, their local communities. Small businesses form the backbone of our economy. According to the Small Business Administration (“SBA”), small businesses generate over 54% of all US sales and have generated 66% of all net new jobs since the 1970s.
But smaller businesses can’t possibly compete for either visibility or spend in the promotional weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years when larger businesses spend millions to market their products and services. So to counterbalance Black Friday, Small Business Saturday was born.
How To Get Involved
Each year both the Shop Small movement and the Small Business Saturday effort grow and businesses gain access to an increasing set of tools to help them leverage the momentum and drive bottom line business results. This year businesses can download turnkey, customizable signage, website and social creative that makes marketing their participation in the effort seamless. And they can take this one step further – I have received a handful of emails from local businesses promoting available Small Business Saturday rewards-based promotions offered by larger companies, encouraging me to take advantage while shopping at their store. This is a great way to provide value to your loyal customers at minimal cost to you. Businesses can also work together with other local shops to create events, to cross-promote brands and to offer perks to encourage spend across multiple stores in town – think a punch card concept where shoppers who make purchases at three stores on Small Business Saturday receive a free cup of coffee at the local roaster.
Finally, this should not be a one-day phenomenon. Businesses can promote the Shop Small movement year-round through ongoing promotion in-store, on-site and through their social channels. To learn more about ways to leverage this movement to maximize your business results, visit SBA.gov/SmallBusinessSaturday. And of course, you can do your part by shopping small in your own communities and supporting your local businesses.
Brett Baris and Mark Rambler, founders of Credibility Capital, have known each other since growing up in northern New Jersey. Therefore, it is not surprising that much like the motto of their home state, the pair's mission is to bring "liberty and prosperity" to small business lending in the way that entrepreneurs access capital.