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What Opportunities and Services Does ACE Offer to Its Borrowers?


  • CAPITAL – ACE make small business and commercial loans
  • COACHING – ACE distinguishes itself from other lenders with our business advisory services.
  • CONNECTIONS – ACE is able to connect you with other small businesses, mentors and important contacts in your area


How can I donate to ACE?

If you would like to make a donation to ACE, you can send a check or money order to 3173 Hwy 129 North, Cleveland, GA 30528. Or click HERE to make a donation online.

Where does ACE get its funding?

ACE borrows most of its funding from banks, foundations and the federal government. ACE must repay its debts just as ACE borrowers do. ACE must rely on contributions to offer affordable business advisory services such as money mentors, financial education and networking opportunities.

What documentation is required for the loan?

Documentation varies depending on the loan amount and whether it is a startup or existing business.

Basic documents required for your application include:

  • Personal and business addresses and contact information
  • Personal and business tax returns and bank statements
  • Business income statement and balance sheet (if in business)
  • Purpose of loan and information about planned use of proceeds
  • Personal and business budgets and debt information
  • Documentation of other forms of income
  • If using a co-signer, their personal information
  • References
  • Pay stubs and proof of all income listed on application
  • Start ups (6 months of operation or less) will need a business plan, financial projections, start up budget, and proof of equity

Additional documents may be required on a case-by-case basis.

Why is collateral required?

ACE needs to have collateral to secure the loan. This loan is not a grant. When you are willing to use whatever you believe is of value as collateral, it shows us that you are committed to your business. We want to see that you will believe in yourself and your business enough to take some of the risk as well.

Is collateral required?

Yes, the applicant will be asked to pledge some form of collateral such as house, land, car, inventory, equipment, and any assets being purchased with the loan funds.

ACE will file a UCC1 blanket lien on the business assets, inventory, fixtures and equipment.

What is required for a loan?

You will not be eligible for a loan if you fail to meet any of the following criteria:


  • Minimum credit score of 600.
  • Free of active bankruptcies for the last three years.
  • Free of foreclosure for the last twelve months.
  • Mortgage and rent payments for home and business must be current at time of application.
  • Mortgage must not be in the process of restructure or modification.
  • Must be current on all vehicle loans.
  • Must be free of all tax liens.
  • Business must not be involved in the adult entertainment, multi-level marketing, or gambling business.
  • Can not have any outstanding judgments.
  • All student loans must be in good standing.
  • Borrower can not have any non-medical collections within the last six months.
  • You must be personally responsible for the repayment of the debt.
  • You must have collateral to pledge for this loan that is free and clear of any liens.
  • You and your business must be able to afford the additional debt payment for this loan.
  • If your business has less than six months of documented operating revenue, your business will be considered a startup. If your business is a start-up, we will require an existing outside source of income, other than your new business, that can cover your personal debts and expenses, as well as anticipated business rent.
  • All parties owning 20% or more of the business will be required to sign on the promissory note and provide a personal guaranty.

What does ACE expect from its borrowers?


  • Make sure payments are available monthly through electronic funds transfer
  • Provide annual financial statements
  • Communicate with ACE
  • Keep us informed ahead of time of any issues
  • Share your stories with ACE
  • Personal commitment to repay your loan


Who is ACE?

ACE is a nonprofit organization that provides loans to start and grow businesses in Georgia. ACE offers its borrowers business development resources to create sustainable businesses. ACE is certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).