Beginning Entrepreneur Loan Guarantee

The Beginning Entrepreneur Loan Guarantee Program assists with business startup financing by providing financial institutions with guaranty of a loan not to exceed $500,000.

Lead lender: Any lending institution that is related or funded under the laws of North Dakota or the United States. The lead lender is responsible for submitting the Beginning Entrepreneur Loan Guarantee Program history form to BND.

Borrower: A North Dakota resident who graduated from high school or received a general equivalency certificate, has some training by education or experience in the type of revenue producing enterprise for which they are seeking a loan. Borrower’s net worth must be less than $500,000.

Proceeds may be used to finance:

  • Purchase or improvements of real property, equipment or personal property,
  • Working capital needs
  • Child care home, group or center licensed by the Department of Human Services.
  • Business startup expenses including accounting, legal and business planning
  • Refinance or consolidate debt provided the amount of the refinance or consolidation does not exceed 20 percent of the total loan to be guaranteed
  • BND may approve a guarantee on a loan up to $5,000 to a beginning entrepreneur for business startup expenses including accounting, legal and business planning. The Bank may approve a guarantee on a loan up to $25,000 without requiring collateral for the loan.

The loan guaranty is based on this schedule:

Loan amount Maximum guaranty percentage
Up to $150,000 85%
$150,001 – $300,000 75%
$300,001 – $500,000 50%

Interest: The originating lender must charge an interest rate acceptable to BND. At the discretion of the lead bank with BND consent, a beginning entrepreneur may receive a one-year period of interest only payments at the beginning term of the loan.

Fees: Guarantee fee 0.50% per year or a one-time fee of 2.00% of the guaranteed portion

This program can be used in conjunction with other BND loan programs.


Lead lender establishes credit criteria.

The term of the BND guaranty may not exceed five years. The term of the loan period is at the lead bank’s discretion.

Bank Participation Loan Application (PDF)
Loan Renewal Application for Existing Participations (PDF)

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BND offers this loan by partnering with local lenders. To apply, contact your lender.

If you have any questions, contact us or call 701.328.5795.