General Fund / Community Development Financial Institution Fund

General Business Loan Fund:  focuses on assisting commercial and industrial businesses that create jobs with loans of up to $200,000.

Eligible Activities:

  • Site purchase and development, new construction and rehabilitation of buildings (with substantial occupancy or lease commitments);
  • Business acquisition, expansion and conversion;
  • Working capital, (including Export/Trade and Research and Development activities);
  • Machinery and equipment acquisition; AND
  • Conversion and modernization.

Maximum Loan Amount: 33% of the total project costs up to a maximum participation of $200,000 to any one Borrower.

Collateral Requirements:

  • Business assets, real and personal;
  • Mortgages, commercial and personal;
  • Personal guaranties; AND
  • Assignments of: life insurance, stock and leases.

Term: Negotiable based upon cash flow of business or life expectancy of assets financed (typically 5 years), not to exceed twenty (20) years.

Interest Rate: Negotiable based upon cash flow of business and risk of credit, fixed for the term of the loan, not to exceed Prime plus seven (7) percent.

Job Requirements: No specific requirements; semiannual reporting on number of permanent, quality jobs that were created or retained.

"SMFA urged us to think bigger than we were. We are really excited about the potential for our business and to be able to do what we love, right here in Maine."

Derek Bedford

Possum Hollow Farm Soaps

"I approached SMFA for a loan and they worked with me to find exactly the right combination of funding sources to provide my company with the money it needed, at the right rate, in a timely manner."

Mike St. Pierre

Hyperlite Mountain Gear