In observance of the holiday season, Accessity will be closed from Monday, December 18, until Monday, January 1. During this time, we will check voicemail messages at (619-795-7250) and mail to address any urgent matters. We look forward to assisting you starting Tuesday, January 2, when we re-open. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish you a joyful holiday season!
Accessity, formerly Accion Serving Southern California Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some commonly asked questions about Accessity’s small business loan program. If you don’t see the answer to your question below, feel free to send us a note or give us a call through our contact page.
Where is Accessity located?Suzanne2022-12-07T09:44:46-08:00
Accessity main office is in the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in San Diego, California, with regional offices located in partner locations in the Inland Empire and Imperial Valley. We currently provide business loans throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. We have representatives in all service areas.
What loan products does Accessity offer?Suzanne2024-02-12T08:26:16-08:00
Accessity’s interest rates range from 8.99% – 14.99% for our regular loan program, depending on the overall business strengths situation and risk analysis. A 1% discount is available to veterans and active service members. Our Emerge program has a rate of 6.99%.
What are Accessity’s loan terms?Suzanne2024-02-12T08:28:43-08:00
Accessity considers a business to be a start-up if it has not generated revenue or generated revenue for less than six months. A business plan, a minimum of 12-month financial projections, and a steady source of income are required to qualify for this product. The business must be a registered legal entity.
If I do not qualify for the amount I am requesting, will Accessity offer me a lower amount? Suzanne2021-05-08T00:35:50-07:00
Accessity’s offer will depend on your capacity to make the monthly loan payments and the purpose of the loan.If you do not qualify for the amount you are requesting, Accessity may offer you a lower amount if it works for the determined purpose. Accessity’s loan application provides a field where you can state the minimum amount you require.
What is the minimum credit score to qualify for an Accessity loan product?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:36:23-07:00
Under $5,000, the closing cost vary. From $300 to $999, the closing cost is 5% of the loan amount. From $1,000 to $2,500, the closing cost is $50. From $2,501 to $5,000, the closing cost is $75. Accessity’s average closing fee on all loans over $5,000 is approximately 6.5%.A portion of 2%-4% of this fee represents the loan guaranty or the loss reserve contribution. The remaining 3%-4% represents that administrative fee for processing the loan.
Are the closing costs financed into the loan?Suzanne2023-05-10T11:11:51-07:00
Yes – closing fees such as our administrative fee, third-party guarantee fees, GPS, etc. are netted out of the approved loan amount, so these are not charged upfront. For example, for a loan approved at $10,000 with $620 in closing costs, the client would receive $9,380 deposited into their business bank account.
Does Accessity requires collateral?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:39:18-07:00
Accessity does not require collateral on loan requests below $50,000; however, pledging a paid-off vehicle as collateral may provide strength and be a mitigating factor on a particular loan request. Accessity requires 30% collateral coverage in the form of paid-off vehicles for loan requests of $50,000 and above. Accessity customarily files UCC-1 on all business assets once the loan is disbursed.
Does Accessity accept real estate as collateral?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:39:45-07:00
No. The State of California Guaranty program guarantees 80% of Accessity loans, not the SBA. Loans below $15,000 are enrolled in the California Capital Access Program loan loss reserve. The SBA is not a lender but a federal agency that provides loan guarantees.
Does Accessity provide help with credit and budgeting?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:40:58-07:00
Yes. Accessity assists potential and existing clients with credit and budgeting through our partnership with Trust Plus and their financial wellness programs. Ask your Accessity representative how to enroll in this service.
Does Accessity report to credit agencies?Suzanne2022-08-22T13:10:30-07:00
Yes, Accessity reports to Experian to assist our clients in establishing or rebuilding their personal credit history. We do not report to the Business Credit bureau, and Accessity loans do not help build business credit.
Are there any industries Accessity cannot lend to?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:41:49-07:00
Due to our agreement with the state guarantee program, Accessity cannot lend to liquor businesses, tobacco or cannabis-related businesses, adult entertainment, gambling, and businesses related to war and weapons. Additionally, due to organizational policy, we do not lend to art galleries, car dealerships or rental, commercial brokers and lenders, real estate investments, nonprofit organizations, short-term vacation rentals, and businesses related to animal reproduction.
Where does Accessity get funding?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:42:20-07:00
Accessity receives the bulk of its funding from banks under the Community Reinvestment Act, requiring a certain percentage of their funds allocated to low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. Banks provide both grants and low-interest loans. We also receive grants from foundations and corporations, the City of San Diego, the federal government, and donations from generous individuals.
Does Accessity provide training to small business owners in addition to loans?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:42:53-07:00
Accessity offers a community of support through our partnerships with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and SCORE. They provide free one-on-one business counseling to clients and interested applicants virtually via Zoom. Accessity staff also provides basic financial, business, and credit training to its clients. We have various partnerships with Brewing the American Dream, TrustPlus and the Eva Longoria Foundation that clients can get access to free educational advice. In addition, Accessity hosts free educational webinars throughout the year and two eight-week business training programs in English and Spanish for entrepreneurs, the Accessity Academy and Academia de Accessity.
Are Accessity’s interest rates higher than banks?Suzanne2023-05-18T13:50:04-07:00
Accessity’s interest rates are fixed and based on the overall strength of the applicant. We seek to give access to capital for those who may not qualify through traditional financing institutions for reasons such as lack of credit history, collateral, or business operating history. Our rates may be higher due to the smaller loan sizes we provide and the additional risk we take on our loans.They are competitive in the marketplace.
How does Accessity cover its administrative cost?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:43:36-07:00
The paid principal of the loans recycles directly back into our loan fund to provide another loan. The interest and administrative fees paid on the loan are used for our program administration. We are also awarded grants from the City of San Diego, the Department of Treasury, banks, foundations, and individuals specified to supplement our program costs. The organization is approximately 55-60% self-sufficient.
How does Accessity reach potential clients?Suzanne2022-12-07T09:48:58-08:00
Accessity has relied on very little advertising and focuses mainly on grassroots marketing and establishing relationships within the community. Many clients are referred to our program by community organizations, current or past clients or banks. Accessity staff does its best to be present at as many community events and meetings where we can reach potential clients and get the word out about our services. We are also fortunate to have a relationship with morning news station KUSI-TV where we are featured with one client per month for about 5-7 minutes.
What is Accessity’s repayment rate?Suzanne2021-05-08T00:45:55-07:00
Accessity’s interest rates are fixed and based on the overall strength of the applicant and their business. Our interest rates are not driven by the market or affected by the Federal Reserve increases, and therefore do not fluctuate. They are competitive in the marketplace, especially considering the current interest rate environment. The final interest rate will be determined after evaluating the applicant’s complete loan file and may differ from the initial estimate given during the intake process.
What is APR, and how is it different from an interest rate on the loan?Suzanne2023-05-10T11:14:40-07:00
Like an interest rate, the annual percentage rate (APR) is expressed as a percentage. However, the APR represents the actual yearly cost of capital over a loan term, which unlike an interest rate on the loan, includes other charges, such as administrative fees and third-party fees.
Why are you providing the APR?Suzanne2023-05-10T11:15:13-07:00
The State of California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) law (SB1235) requires commercial lenders in California to disclose the APR when a loan offer is presented to commercial borrowers. California small businesses will be better equipped to understand the costs and benefits of commercial financing offers and to compare them with other offers to find the best financing solution to meet their needs.
Why is my APR higher than my interest rate?Suzanne2023-05-10T11:15:39-07:00