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To simply provide financing packages is not enough to fulfill our mission. We strive to become the lead resource for you and your business, offering you the practical knowledge you need for your business to thrive for decades to come.

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Oct 1, 2021

While small business financing is our forte, we are so much more than that. To better showcase who we are and what we do, we’re sharing with you the ABCs of Dakota Business Lending! Find out what DBL is really made of! A is for ACTIVATE. B is for Board of Directors. C is for Calculator. D is for Debt Refinance. E is for Entrepreneurs. F is for Fixed-Rate Financing. G is for GrowHub. H is for Headquarter Building…

Sep 28, 2021

Just a few years ago, JSE Family of Companies was one company (FM Real Estate Team) with a handful of agents. Today, they have 16 companies with about 30 employees and 200+ agents across 2 states, doing over a billion in real estate transactions per year. But how did they do it? Jeff Shipley and Laura Lesoine shared their wisdom at ACTIVATE Women, reminding everyone of what’s most important: the people. Here’s a brief overview…

Aug 27, 2021

The SBA 504 loan program is one of the best kept secrets in the small business financing world today. The program can finance long-term fixed assets and offers many benefits, including a minimum 10% down payment, fixed below-market interest rates, and up to 25-year terms. Because there are several eligible uses for the loan program, there are many different ways an SBA 504 loan can be structured. Below are just a few common examples…

Aug 26, 2021

Last month, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the updated regulations for the SBA 504 Debt Refinance program. As promised, we want to give you a brief overview of these new rules and showcase what they look like in action. So here’s the “scoop”…At the core of these new regulations is the same SBA 504 Debt Refinance program you know and love. What do these regulations look like in action? Check out our examples…

Jun 24, 2021

Applying for the SBA 504 loan program can be a daunting process, and you may find yourself wondering: Where do I begin? How do I apply? How long will it take? The entire SBA 504 loan process takes several steps to complete and requires participation between the lender, SBA, CDC, and the borrower(s) themselves. The timeline below shows a brief snapshot of what this process looks like and will give you an idea of the major steps involved…

May 28, 2021

Our team has witnessed hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses owners who were once in your shoes tackle the SBA 504 loan application and progress their way towards acquiring financing. While working with these business owners, we have also compiled a list of some helpful “do’s and don’t’s” that we have learned along the way to help make this process smoother and less overwhelming…

Mar 18, 2021

With the constant changes that owning a business brings, along with the current business climate, the temptation to put a plan aside and wing it is stronger now more than ever. To get a better understanding of what a strategic plan really is and why it is important, we sat down with Patrick Metzger and talked to him about why we cannot rely on our own luck to grow a successful business…

Feb 15, 2021

Whether you are a start-up or have been in business for many years, it is likely that there will come a point in your entrepreneurial journey where you will have to visit with your bank, credit union, or non-traditional lender like Dakota Business Lending about financing options to help you grow. Check out these five simple ways you can make a good impression on your banker and increase your chances….

Jan 12, 2021

Dig out the confetti and noisemakers – you made it through 2020! This year has been tough on everyone, and for that, you deserve to celebrate. But while we are all happy to see 2020 come to a close, the new year will still bring challenges and obstacles of its own. Small business owners: do you have a game plan to combat those? Our team sat down and brainstormed a list of goals and resolutions…

Dec 7, 2020

They say that “hindsight is 20/20”, and there could not be a better phrase way to describe this past year. Looking back at 2020, there may be some things we could have done differently, some things we see in a whole new light, and even some things we wish we could try again. Whatever the case, many of us see and know much more now than we did just twelve months ago.