The North East Kingdom 55 fund (representing the 55 towns in the NEK) was established to provide affordable financing to start ups and expanding businesses who are based in Caledonia, Orleans or Essex counties. The purpose of the fund is to build a stronger community through economic activity (jobs, income, affordable financing) and local partnerships.
The advisory board for the fund has representation from each of the 3 counties in the North East Kingdom to provide greater insight and support for local needs, local solutions and assistance with expanding the reach of the fund.
Loans range from $500 to $50,000 and can be used to purchase vehicles, equipment, inventory, real estate and other business related items. Rates vary based on the type of loan and term.
NEK 55 Loan Application Instructions
When you submit your loan request, please make sure that your loan application package includes the following:
- A completed Small Business Loan Application
- A completed Personal Financial Statement (PFS) for anyone owning or planning to own 20% or more of the business;
- Signed 4506-T Form;
- Signed and dated copies of your last three years’ personal and business tax returns;
- $50.00 Application Fee (Checks made payable to Opportunities Credit Union). If approved, the fee will be applied to your closing costs. If approved for the NEK Fund or for a loan with an SBA guaranty, the application fee will be waived.
- A detailed description of how you will use the money including any items you are purchasing or collateral offered. (Equipment, vehicles, inventory, real estate, etc.) Please attach copies of purchase & sales agreements, quotes, receipts or invoices.
- A business plan describing the structure of the business, a description of the product or service offered, a market analysis identifying your marketing strategy, competition, challenges and opportunities, licensing/permits/approvals needed and any other information you think would help us to better understand your business. Your plan must include a minimum of two years’ worth of income and expense projections.
- A written narrative or business plan that describes your business needs, experience of the principal(s) owners, financial performance to date, and changes in your industry. Describe why the business is requesting the loan and how the funds will be used. The narrative should also contain a brief history of the business, current marketing plan and other information that will help us to better understand your business.
- A Year-to-Date Profit & Loss Statement and Current Balance Sheet for the business (no more than 3 months old). Please sign and date all pages.
- If the business holds Account Receivables, please include an Accounts Receivable list and aging (signed and dated)
- Reliable and verifiable sources of income to repay the loan and other obligations
- Your credit history and indications of motivation to repay. Include explanations for any previous credit or financial issues and other information that will help us to better understand your business.
- The soundness of the business plan
- The owners’ investment and equity in the business and personal assets.
- Experience and indications of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the business.
NEK 55 Fund Loan Program Terms
Loan Size: $500 – $50,000
Loan Rates: Ask for our current rates and terms
Loan Types: Term loans, lines of credit, credit building / repair