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6 Problems That Can Hinder Your Business Credit: Unlock Funding and Power Up Your Growth


Marie Deary  |  April 12, 2024

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Building strong business credit is the key to unlocking a treasure chest of financial opportunities. A good credit score allows you to secure loans, lines of credit, and other financing options at favorable interest rates. This translates to smoother business operations, investments in growth initiatives, and the ability to weather unexpected challenges.

However, the path to building strong business credit isn't always smooth. Here are 6 problems that can hinder your progress and leave you locked out of accessing the funding you need:

1. Lack of Business Identity:

Many new business owners make the mistake of blurring the lines between their personal and business finances. This is a major red flag for lenders and credit bureaus. Without a clear separation, it's difficult to assess your business's financial health and creditworthiness. The solution? Establish a separate business identity by obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS and opening a dedicated business bank account.


2. Inconsistent Payment History:

Late payments are the credit score kryptonite for businesses. Whether it's to vendors, creditors, or on loans, a history of late payments can significantly damage your credit score. Lenders view late payments as a sign of financial irresponsibility, making them hesitant to extend credit to your business. Develop a system for managing your bills and ensure all payments are made on time to establish a positive payment history.


3. Insufficient Credit History:

This problem is particularly common for new businesses. Without a track record of responsible credit use, lenders may be hesitant to approve financing. The good news is, building credit history takes time and consistent effort. Start by applying for a business credit card and utilize it responsibly, maintaining low balances and making timely payments. Over time, this will demonstrate your ability to manage credit effectively.


4. Mismanagement of Business Credit Cards:

Business credit cards can be a powerful tool for building credit, but only if used responsibly. Overspending and racking up high balances can negatively impact your credit utilization rate, a significant factor in determining your credit score. Additionally, missing payments on your business credit card sends a negative signal to lenders. Use business credit cards strategically for authorized purchases and ensure timely payments to maintain a healthy credit score.


5. Ignoring Errors on Credit Reports:

Business credit reports, just like personal credit reports, can contain errors. These errors, if left unaddressed, can significantly lower your credit score. It's crucial to review your business credit reports regularly (you can obtain free annual reports from major bureaus) and dispute any inaccuracies you find. This ensures your credit score accurately reflects your financial responsibility.


6. Limited Business Relationships:

Building relationships with lenders and financial institutions goes a long way in establishing your business credibility. These relationships can provide access to better loan terms and open doors to new financing options you might not have otherwise been aware of. Network with lenders, attend industry events, and build rapport with financial advisors who can guide you on securing the best financing solutions for your business needs.


By understanding these common pitfalls and taking proactive steps to avoid them, you can pave the way for a strong business credit score. Remember, a good credit score is an investment in your business's future. It unlocks funding opportunities, fuels growth, and positions your business for long-term success. So, take control of your business credit today, and watch your entrepreneurial dreams take flight!




Wealth Management Financial Advisors, Empowers Black Business Owners with Free Webinar: Building Business Credit: Unlock Funding and Power Up Your Growth

Virtual – WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2024, AT 6:30 PM PST – Wealth Management Financial Advisors, a dedicated supporter of small business growth, is hosting a free webinar specifically designed for Black business owners. "Building Business Credit: Unlock Funding and Power Up Your Growth" will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 6:30 PM PST and equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to establish and improve their business credit score.

"Securing funding is a critical challenge for many small businesses, and this can be especially true for Black-owned businesses," says Marie Deary, Senior Financial Advisor at Wealth Management Financial Advisors. "This webinar aims to bridge that gap by empowering Black entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources they need to build strong business credit and unlock access to loans and other financing options."

The webinar will be led by Marie Daery, a financial expert with extensive experience guiding businesses towards financial success. During the session, attendees will learn:

  • The key differences between personal and business credit scores

  • The impact of a good business credit score on loan opportunities and interest rates

  • Proven strategies to establish business credit from the ground up

  • Effective tactics to improve and maintain a strong business credit score

  • Valuable resources for obtaining free business credit reports and monitoring


This informative session is perfect for Black business owners at all stages, from those just starting out to those looking to expand their existing ventures. By building strong business credit, Black entrepreneurs can secure the funding they need to take their businesses to the next level.

Space is limited, so register today! Visit  to reserve your spot.

About Wealth Management Financial Advisors

Wealth Management Financial Advisors is passionate about empowering Black business owners to achieve financial freedom. We take a holistic approach, providing a comprehensive suite of resources and programs designed to address your unique needs and challenges.

Through educational webinars, downloadable resources, and mentorship opportunities, we equip you with the knowledge and tools to navigate financial hurdles, build strong business credit, and secure funding for growth. We also foster connections within the Black business community, facilitating collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Our mission is to be your trusted financial partner on your journey to success. Let Wealth Management Financial Advisors help you unlock your full potential and turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

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