FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabis Industry Financing
Q: What options do I have for finding financing for my cannabis, hemp or CBD business?
A: Current options fall into a few general categories. Private investment funds, hard money lenders, banks & credit unions and investors.
Q: If banks and credit unions are lending to the cannabis industry, how come I can’t find them anywhere?
A: Most banks and credit unions did not start as pure cannabis lenders and are still regulated by the federal government. As traditional institutions move into the industry they are quiet about it and don’t really advertise. We have to find them via direct contact or through our network of partners.
Q: How does the Loanviser process work?
A: Unlike other services, we don’t think having you bombarded by phone calls and emails from many lenders at once is a great experience for anyone. As such, we review your information, determined what your best first option might be and match you with one option at a time. If the first option doesn’t pan out, we continue to match you up with one option at a time until all are exhausted. Please note that new partners join our network every month so options are always expanding.
Q: What do I need to get qualified for financing for my cannabis, hemp or CBD based business?
A: It depends on the type and amount of financing you are looking for. You can use the following information as a general guideline. Programs usually require a personal guarantor but not in every situation.
- Non-secured capital loans: You need a minimum of 6 months time in business, 3 months of bank statements and $12,000 per month in revenue.
- Asset backed equipment financing: You need a minimum of 6 months time in business, 3 to 6 months of bank statements and above average credit.
- Real estate financing: You need a minimum of 6 months time in business, 3-6 months of bank statements, above average credit and the loan to value must be 70% or lower.
Q: What type of documents will I need to apply for financing?
A: Our partners all require that you fill out an official application. In addition, you should get 3-6 months of bank statements, your financials, an equipment list if it’s an equipment request, information on the real estate if it is a real estate purchase, your licenses if available and a summary of your business and financing need.
Q: We are a pre-revenue startup in need of financing. Can you help?
A: Sometimes. We do have partners that will look at startups. But you will still need to have some resources in place, a solid business plan, experienced leadership and potentially some previous investment.
Q: Do you work with brokers or just direct lenders?
A: Our partner network includes both direct lenders and brokers. If you are a broker that needs help financing your clients we are happy to help. If you are a broker with cannabis lenders and would like to join our partner network, contact us today to get the conversation started.
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