In what seems like the blink of an eye, cannabis has transitioned from an illegal, black-market industry to one of the fastest-growing industries.
While it’s still federally illegal, cannabis is recreationally legal in 11 states. In 2017, the cannabis market grew by an impressive 37%. In 2018, legal cannabis sales amounted to a whopping $10 million.
The potential to break into a burgeoning market is there, but many entrepreneurs believe federal funding regulations are holding them back. Even in states where cannabis is legal, federal regulations prevent traditional lenders from even considering issuing financing.
But with alternative financing, cannabis entrepreneurs can capitalize on this nearly unprecedented potential by getting financing in two days, without skipping a beat.
It’s high time you fund a better way to grow.
National Business Capital made the dream of streamlined cannabis financing (without equity investments) a reality with the new CannaBusiness Financing Solution!
This new CannaBusiness Financing Solution is the leading cannabis-specific financing product on the market, and it’s here to help you grow your business right away, and without any hassle.
Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states, and recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states and Washington D.C. Nonetheless, aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs still have difficulty in obtaining financing.
Tearing down industry lending barriers, this new program is helping aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs like you to avoid roadblocks, like inevitable bank loan application denials.
This new program is available to all subsets of the industry, including:
This financing can be used to pursue any goal in your cannabusiness—including purchasing inventory, hiring a new team of employees, or marketing strategies!
By financing your cannabis business through National, you can get the resources you need while maintaining full control over both your profit and operations.
To qualify, all you need is $10K in monthly revenue and 1 year in business— there’s no minimum FICO score required!Get Growing Today!
Unfortunately, you can’t.
Banks tend to be the first stop along the road to funding for many small businesses, cannabusinesses included. The primary reason behind this is that they can offer the lowest rates in the form of an SBA loan, the ideal option for business owners across many industries.
Banks can afford to offer low SBA loan rates because the funding is insured by the federal government. But because cannabis is federally illegal, it’s not possible to insure these SBA loans. Federal regulations also prevent banks from offering term loans.
These regulations don’t only apply to marijuana businesses, but across the cannabis industry.
As a result of the 2018 Farm Bill being passed, CBD became federally legal. However, it wasn’t a simple or clean transition— policy makers and financing companies alike are still working to read between the lines and come to a consensus regarding whether or not it’s possible to get a bank loan for a CBD business. On paper, CBD and hemp businesses are legal— but lack of a clear definition and guidelines are holding these businesses back.
But regardless of what the future holds if banks are able to issue cannabis loans, they may not always be the best option. Cannabis entrepreneurs will still have to contend with the difficulty that business owners often face when dealing with banks.
First and foremost, there’s no guarantee they’ll be getting the best deal.
Banks are notorious for inconveniencing business owners by taking forever to issue financing. There’s often a several-month waiting period, and no guarantee they’ll eventually qualify. Not to mention, hours worth of clerical work that simply comes with the territory.
Given the fast pace of the industry, speed is the name of the game. Waiting around for too long to receive your cannabis business loan could mean allowing another business to steal your idea, and disrupt the market before you have a fighting chance.
In your search for cannabis business funding options, you might come across private equity financing. Private equity means any investors who put money into your cannabis business, with no promise of repayment in the future.
Private equity financing can be a simple short-term solution. But unfortunately, private equity financing can create more problems than it solves.
By selling a stake of your company to a private investor, you’re diminishing your reward for the long run. It’s true that you won’t have to pay back the investor for the cannabis capital they contribute. Instead, you’ll commit to paying the investor for a percentage of the profits— forever.
It’s a viable option for short-term financing, but it also wipes away many of the rewards that motivated you to start a business in the first place.
If banks and equity financing don’t solve the problem, then where should you turn for cannabis financing?
Alternative lenders have filled the void by providing cannabis business loans. Many participate in online lending, making financing simple and quick. As they are not backed by banks or the federal government, alternative lenders are not beholden to the same rigid regulations.
If you’re in a state where cannabis is medically or recreationally legal and looking to grow your business, this is the perfect route to get there.
Instead of choosing the first loan you qualify for right off the bat, you can learn about multiple cannabis business loan options, like:
Alternative lenders are willing and able to work quickly to get your business the cannabis business loan you need. And unlike with banks, the barriers to entry are possible to hop. Alternative lenders offer options to businesses that haven’t been around forever, or have experienced previous challenges.
The guidelines can vary from lender to lender. But applying through a marketplace that compares offers from multiple lenders ensures that you can qualify for the funding you deserve with minimal effort.
When working with your business to find the right cannabis business loan, the Business Financing Advisors take these lender guidelines into account. After everything is said and done, this financing can be available in less than 24 hours.
Cannabis funding has already helped companies across the country to take shape and blossom. In fact, a Business Financing Advisor at National had a hand in helping a Tacoma, Washington dispensary grow.
The dispensary had been around for a while, and like other businesses in the cannabis space, had experienced some success due to the rapidly growing market. However, before pushing the needle forward, the owner recognized that he needed to settle some tax issues. But current profits and volume unfortunately made that impossible.
After getting in contact with a Business Financing Advisor at National, the dispensary owner was able to address this issue right away. He qualified for a 650K business loan, and opted to take 425K in order to settle the tax issues his business faced once and for all.
With tax issues taken care of, the dispensary was able to turn the lights on high and work to earn even higher profits!
As things continued to move along, their business steadily grew, paving the way for future expansion.
A few months down the line, they had made such a name for themselves that they realized having a single location was limiting their success. In order to cash in on all of the opportunity at hand, they realized they needed to open a new location. Which is exactly what they did.
Profits were good, but not good enough to cover all of the expenses involved in a new location. After touching base with the Business Financing Advisors at National, they were able to receive a second round of funding.
With $750K on their hands, they had more than enough capital to cover all of the expenses involved in opening a new dispensary, like:
A cannabis business loan helped them to accomplish all of that, and more!
At National, our team makes getting the best deal on a business loan as simple and quick as possible.
After filling out the 60-second application, our team of Business Financing Advisors will contact you to learn more about your goals and answer any questions you have.
Then, we’ll find the financing options that make the most sense for your business in our network of 75+ lenders.
Contact us today to reach new heights in your cannabis business!
National Business Capital is the #1 FinTech marketplace offering small business loans and services. Harnessing the power of smart technology and even smarter people, we’ve streamlined the approval process to secure over $1 billion in financing for small business owners to date.
Our expert Business Financing Advisors work within our 75+ Lender Marketplace in real time to give you easy access to the best low-interest SBA loans, short and long-term loans and business lines of credit, as well as a full suite of revenue-driving business services.
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Matt Carrigan is the Content Writer at National Business Capital & Services. He loves spending every day creating content to educate business owners across every industry about business growth strategies, and how they can access the funding they need!