What a difference a week makes! Actually, I got the news last Thursday (Hubby’s birthday, September 12) that the SBA had approved our loan. I knew there was no reason to not get the approval, but seriously, this has been dragging out for six months. So finally it has happened. And I am excited – thrilled actually. One would think that I have now jumped through all the bureaucratic hoops they could throw at me but no, they have pulled out a few new ones, like just now ordering copies of my tax return transcripts from the IRS. Apparently they can’t use the copies I have. My only question is: “Why didn’t they order these a month ago instead of waiting until now?” I can’t blame this on anyone but the bank.
I also met with the contractor today and signed the final quote sheet and paid for all the permits. We now have a business license, a building permit and have paid our retail impact fees to the city of Bluffton.
The bank hasn’t given me a date for closing on the loan, but I am really hoping this happens by the end of the month so that we can start construction the first week in October. This is like giving birth – I will have been at this 9 months by the time we get the build-out completed.
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