Business Credit Applications
Has your business recently been turned down for credit?
I’m sure we can agree that nothing can be more frustrating than not knowing what lenders and vendors are looking for when reviewing business credit applications. In today’s post we’re going to shed some light on that very subject and what you can do to avoid the most common triggers for a denial of business credit.
Keep in mind, the credit review process is different with every application but there are quite a few similar factors that play a role in the decision making process. The good news is we have been researching the primary reasons why lenders and vendors have been declining business credit applications in the 4th quarter of 2015 and the 1st quarter of 2016.
Without further ado, here they are:
- Could not verify the business name with Secretary of State – The Business entities section of the Secretary of State’s office processes filings, maintains records and provides information to the public relating to business entities (corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability partnerships and other business filings). If your company cannot be verified with the State then this triggers a red flag.
- Entity is not in good standing with the Secretary of State – In addition to verifying the business, it also needs to be in good standing. Businesses that don’t stay on top of their compliance obligations can lose their Certificate of Good Standing with the State.
- Employer Identification Number (EIN) did not verify with the business name – Business owners and other authorized individuals can submit a name change for the business by sending a request via mail.
- Phone number provided not in 411 – A non-listed business triggers a red flag with most creditors. So it’s essential to get your company listed in the major directories used by lenders.
- Could not verify business name with 411 – A mismatched 411 listing may occur when variations of your business name exist. Use the exact same company details on all listings, applications, filings, documents and bank accounts.
- Business address on google maps or USPS is listed as residence
- No website found
- Phone number provided not business; it is a cell number, residence, etc. – Use a dedicated business phone line for your company with the proper voicemail that identifies your company.
- Email provided is free service (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail)
- Not enough time in business – Certain lenders and vendors require a minimum 2 years in business.
- Business name does not verify
- No Dun & Bradstreet report – No Dun and Bradstreet listing found in its database.
- No Experian Business report– No Experian Business listing found
- No Equifax Small Business report – No Equifax Small Business listing found
- No Paydex® score – Minimum of three trade references need to be reporting to generate a score.
- No Experian Business score
- No Equifax Small Business score
- Thin credit profile – Business/Personal credit report too thin
- Challenged credit – Derogatory Business/Personal credit reports or excessive inquiries
- Low Business/Personal credit scores
- No comparable credit found
- In the construction industry – Certain industries are classified as high risk which many lenders tend to avoid.
- In the credit repair industry – This is a highly regulated industry that lenders and vendors avoid at all costs.
- Non listed business – Underwriter search found no business listings online
- No entity status; Sole Prop, DBA, Partnership, LLP, Non-Profit
Now that you know the reasons why business credit applications get declined, there are steps you can take today to improve your chances of approval. First, many of the reasons listed are lender compliance guidelines which we show you how to complete and verify in our Business Credit Building System. Once completed, you’ll be ‘credit ready’ and able to apply for credit using our database of approved vendors and lenders.
Secondly, check if your company has a credit file listed by conducting a search on Smart Business Reports for Experian Business, D-U-N-S Search for Dun & Bradstreet and the search platform for Equifax Small Business. If your company is listed be sure all the information is accurate and up-to-date. It’s essential that your company info matches across all forms of verification; business credit reports, filings, online business listings, 411, etc.
Finally, work on building, improving, managing and protecting both your personal and business credit reports/scores. If you’re aiming to apply for unsecured business financing you can always use a business credit partner if you have challenged credit; but it’s to your advantage to work on repairing your personal credit while building your business credit at the same time.
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About the author
Marco Carbajo is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle. He is a business credit blogger for Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp, the SBA.gov Community, Business.com, About.com and All Business.com. His articles and blog; Business Credit Blogger.com, have been featured in ‘Fox Small Business’,’American Express Small Business’, ‘Business Week’, ‘The Washington Post’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘The San Francisco Tribune’,‘Alltop’, and ‘Entrepreneur Connect’.