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1. Ask questions and take notes when you meet with lenders
Keeping a journal for your meetings with potential business lenders will help you compare options. Take notes during each meeting, and be sure to capture specifics like:
- Interest rates – remember to ask for the interest rate as an APR (yearly interest rate)
- Closing fees
- Any annual fees that may apply
- The lender's ability to provide on-going support and business banking expertise, including relationship management
To help you prepare for your meetings with lenders, see the top 11 questions to ask your bank before applying for a small business loan.
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