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How to Apply for an SBA Loan & Fill Out Form 413

Updated: Jul 1

If you're a small business owner looking to secure financing, an SBA loan can be a great option. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers various loan programs to help businesses grow and thrive. One critical part of the SBA loan application process is completing the SBA Form 413, also known as the Personal Financial Statement. This blog post will guide you through applying for an SBA loan and filling out Form 413.

Understanding SBA Loans

The SBA provides loan guarantees to lenders, reducing their risk and making it easier for small businesses to obtain financing. Some popular SBA loan programs include:

  1. 7(a) Loan Program: The most common SBA loan, suitable for various business purposes such as working capital, equipment purchase, and debt refinancing.

  2. 504 Loan Program: Designed for purchasing fixed assets like real estate or machinery.

  3. Microloan Program: Provides small loans up to $50,000 for working capital or inventory purchases.

Preparing to Apply for an SBA Loan

Before you start the application process, gather the necessary documentation. This typically includes:

  • Business plan

  • Financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement)

  • Personal and business tax returns

  • Legal documents (business licenses, articles of incorporation)

  • Personal financial statement (SBA Form 413-508)

Completing SBA Form 413

SBA Form 413, the Personal Financial Statement, is a detailed snapshot of your personal financial situation, which really means the current balance in every single asset and liability account associated to you . It's used by the SBA to assess your ability to repay the loan. To accelerate the process to gather all this information, use a free tool like YourOwn Wallet to connect and pull the account information for easy reference.

Once you have your information, here’s a step-by-step guide to filling out the pdf form, which will require you to enter balances from your different accounts (assets and liabilities). However, you will find it is much easier to use this free calculator to input and sum the amounts in the exact format needed for entering into the pdf.

Section 1: Personal Information

  • Name and Address: Fill in your full legal name and current home address.

  • Business Name and Address: Provide the name and address of your business.

  • Other Personal Information: Include your Social Security Number, date of birth, and other requested details.

Section 2: Assets and Liabilities

This section requires you to list all your assets and liabilities.

  • Cash on Hand and in Banks: Include the total amount of cash you have in all checking and savings accounts.

  • Savings Accounts: List the balances of all your savings accounts.

  • IRA or Other Retirement Accounts: Provide the current value of your retirement accounts.

  • Accounts and Notes Receivable: Include any money owed to you personally.

  • Life Insurance – Cash Surrender Value Only: State the cash value of your life insurance policies.

  • Stocks and Bonds: List the market value of any stocks and bonds you own.

  • Real Estate: Include the value of all real estate you own. Provide details such as the address, type of property, and current market value.

  • Automobiles: List the value of all vehicles you own.

  • Other Personal Property: Include valuable personal property such as jewelry, art, or collectibles.

  • Other Assets: Any other assets not listed above.

Section 3: Notes Payable to Banks and Others

List all debts you owe, including:

  • Names and Addresses of Noteholders: Provide the details of the institutions or individuals you owe money to.

  • Original Balance: The initial amount of the loan.

  • Current Balance: The remaining balance of the loan.

  • Payment Amount and Frequency: Indicate the amount and frequency of your payments.

Section 4: Other Liabilities

Include any other debts or liabilities not listed in Section 3. This may include credit card debt, personal loans, or other obligations.

Section 5: Insurance Information

Provide details about any insurance policies you hold, including:

  • Insurance Company Name and Address

  • Face Amount: The total amount the policy pays out.

  • Cash Surrender Value: The amount you would receive if you canceled the policy.

Final Steps

After completing Form 413, review it carefully for accuracy. Any discrepancies or missing information could delay your loan application. Once you're confident that the form is complete, submit it along with your other loan application documents to your lender or the SBA.

Tips for a Successful SBA Loan Application

  • Be Thorough: Ensure all forms and documents are complete and accurate.

  • Stay Organized: Keep copies of all your documents and correspondence.

  • Communicate: Maintain open communication with your lender throughout the process.

Applying for an SBA loan and completing Form 413 can seem daunting, but with careful preparation and attention to detail, you can navigate the process successfully. By securing the necessary financing, you'll be well on your way to achieving your business goals.

Feel free to reach out to us or leave a comment if you have any questions or need further assistance. Good luck with your SBA loan application!

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