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Determining how much money you need for an equipment loan

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This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: To fulfill acontract my business just landed, I must buy new equipment. How canI be sure I borrow enough money from the bank?

A: There are a lotof things to consider when approaching the bank about an expansionloan. And if you don't ask, you won't get. So add up allthe potential costs-such as closing costs, installation feescharged by the vendor to put in the equipment, construction coststo integrate the equipment into your plant, and working capitalneeded to support the expansion prior to getting paid by thecustomer and the like.

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