Complete Guide to Business Loans

Learn how the business lending process works, including what types of information lenders are looking at and why!
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  • Lectures 35
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Not every business needs capital to grow. But to those that do, the process can be intimidating. And not understanding how business lending works can cost you energy, money, and time.

Here's the good news. As someone that has been involved in over $500,000,000 worth of business loans I know the process inside and out. And I am going to teach you!

No more frustration from being turned down over and over!

In this course I will take you through the various technical aspects of how business loans work.

I'll guide you through over 30 video lessons (with accompanying written explanations) detailing an inside look into the types of information lenders ask for and why they ask for it.

In a few hours you will know as much as most lenders! Imagine how much easier that will make your next business loans application feel!

What are the requirements?

  • Something to take notes with (i.e. paper/pen, Evernote, etc.)
  • If possible, have any financial reports on your company handy (i.e. Profit/Loss statement, Balance sheet, tax returns, etc.)
  • Have a calculator handy

What am I going to get from this course?

  • better understand the business lending process
  • know how to calculate the key ratios lenders look at
  • be better prepared to negotiate favorable terms and rates

Who is the target audience?

  • business owners
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Commercial real estate brokers
  • Loan brokers
  • entrepreneurs
  • startups

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Housekeeping

Business owner and/or startup looking to fund your company's growth through business loans? Then this course is for you. By the end of our time together you will know exactly how lender's evaluate loan requests and how to negotiate the best rate and terms.


A bit about me. See additional resource link to a brief bio on my personal website.


This lesson explains how I intend to deliver the material. In short, mostly via lecture format. However, be on the lookout for additional resources after each lesson. Particularly, sections where I lay out the key take-aways.

Also, I intentionally kept the video length for most of the lectures very short. The fact is that I could have just as intentionally rambled on to make my course seem longer, and thereby perhaps more important. But I have spent years boiling this material down to the basics and only wanted to take enough of your time needed to get you the information you need.

That's also why I have shared handouts for most lectures that reiterate the material and allow you to download them.

Lastly, since 80% of the loan approval is financially driven, make sure to spend a large part of your time on this course by using the Business Loan worksheet in Lecture 17. In fact, once you have completed this I highly recommend you save it and share with lenders you speak with.

Good luck!

Section 2: Course material
2 pages

Defining some of the key acronyms and terms I will be using in this course.


Every loan request has a reason behind it. Lenders call this the loan purpose. i.e. What is the loan for? Your loan purpose will drive literally your entire conversation with lenders.


Too many borrowers apply for business loans with any and ever lender you can find. We call this a shotgun approach. Its a mistake to apply for business loans this way. Be more targeted with your efforts.


Every lender has an "appetite" for certain types of loans. Make sure that lenders you approach are used to giving loans to businesses like yours.


A lender's loan portfolio, and its performance, can affect their likelihood to approve your loan.


What industries are easiest to get business loans for? The ones with the best historical performance.


What percentage of loans do lenders expect to lose

5 questions

First of three quizzes for the course. No pressure!


How long does it take to get a business loan


What documents are needed to apply for a business loan?


How do banks decide to approve business loans


How do lenders grade loans


How do banks get paid back for business loans


How do credit scores effect business loans


The attached workbook was designed to walk you through the process of analyzing your financial position in the way a lender would, including calculating the "Big Three" for you. Just plug in the appropriate numbers in the fields and the spreadsheet will run the calculations for you.

If you run into any questions please add them in the course directly so that other students will benefit from the answer(s) as well.


How do banks calculate cash flow


Do backs prefer secured or unsecured loans


What collateral do banks require

5 questions

Testing your knowledge of subject matter covered in lessons 11-20


Do business loans require guarantees


How long can a business loan be for


How are business loan payments calculated


How are business loan rates determined


Do business loans have maximum and minimum rates


How can I get a loan rate discount


How can I get a business loan for investment property


How do SBA loans work


How do lenders show they have approved my loan


Can I pay off business loans early

5 questions

Quiz on lessons 21-30


What restrictions do business loans have


What are the costs for business loans


I was declined for a business loan. What now

Final word
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Instructor Biography

Jonathan Patrick, Launch and grow the business of your dreams!

I am crazy passionate about helping people launch and grow the business of their dreams. More specifically I advise companies and entrepreneurs by focusing on the ways culture, innovation, and strategy can impact their businesses.

In hopes we can learn more about each other, here are a few things that define me:

  • Proud husband and father
  • Have helped entrepreneurs raise over $500,000,000 in capital between both debt and equity facilities
  • Founder of 3 startups. Each named “first-mover” in their respective industries (,,
  • Helped multiple companies improve their sales and net profit by 10x factors
  • C-level executive in the banking industry
  • Recognized as the top lending executive in my industry in 2014
  • Recognized for innovation in the banking industry for my Feasible Funding software solution
  • Led the top Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in my state for 3 consecutive years
  • Marketing degree and have run the Marketing Department for a 230MM organization
  • Regular pitch competition judge and incubator mentor
  • Board member for the Fairview Technology Incubator
  • Board member to one of the first healthcare co-ops in the United States
  • Board member to the second largest credit agency in the United States
  • Former professional mixed martial artist (MMA) and undefeated in my weight class
  • 1996 Point Fighting Karate Champion
  • Trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Gracie family
  • Have coached multiple people through massive weight loss (50+ pounds)

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