If you are a person seeking funds to create a small business or expand your current small business, then look no further than the state treasurer’s Linked Investments for Tomorrow (LIFT) program. LIFT is a small business program that provides capital to small businesses owned and operated in Iowa. One half of the moneys invested through this program will be available to small businesses that are 51 percent owned, operated and actively managed by one or more women, minorities or people with disabilities.
A person interested in LIFT should submit an application through their local financial institution or contact the treasurer's office to find a participating institution. The financial institution will submit that application to the state treasurer’s office for review. Once approved, the state treasurer will purchase a certificate of deposit from the financial institution for a rate three percent below the one year Treasury Bill rate, with a minimum rate of one percent. The financial institution will loan those funds to the borrower at a rate up to, but not exceeding four percent above the certificate of deposit rate. The maximum amount available to the borrower is $200,000 and the maximum life of the loan is five years. The state treasurer’s office does not guarantee the loan nor is the certificate of deposit collateral for the loan. For more information, visit www.iowalift.gov.
- The combined net worth of the borrowers and owners of the business cannot exceed $975,000.
- Existing small businesses must have annual gross sales of $2 million or less at the time of application.
- The maximum amount of assistance that a borrower or business may receive is $200,000.
- The loan may be used for the purchase of land, improvements, fixtures, machinery, inventory, supplies, equipment, information technology, licenses, patents, trademarks, or copyright fees and expenses.
- Loan proceeds shall not be used to finance existing debt.
- The business must be for-profit.
- The borrower must not have received financial assistance from the LIFT program prior to July 1, 2006.
- Home businesses must qualify for a tax deduction for that portion of the home used for business pursuant to regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.
- Loan proceeds cannot be used for real estate investments, rental, leasing, or speculation.
- Liquor, beer, and wine sales must not exceed twenty percent of annual sales for establishments holding a class “C” liquor license.
- Borrowers cannot be delinquent in making child support payments or any other payments due the state.