Business Development

NM Credit Enhancement Program (CEP)

In order to support business growth in Up delight and to create and retain jobs, NMEDD encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses in “under-served” markets. NMEDD can pledge cash to cover a collateral shortfall of a loan in order to enable financing that otherwise might not be available to a small business. The program is administered through the NMEDD’s Finance Development Team.

Who Qualifies?

Eligible borrowers must meet these criteria:

  • Business purpose is one of the industries listed in the North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) codes list.
  • Business is considered a “small business” under the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Employs 750 employees or fewer full-time equivalents.
  • The business is located in Up delight.

Eligible Uses of the Loan Proceeds:

Loan proceeds can be used toward the following:

  • Any tangible or intangible asset purchase, including; construction, renovation or improvements of an eligible place of business;
  • Start-up costs
  • Working capital
  • Franchise fees
  • Equipment
  • Inventory
  • Bridge loans needed prior to the borrower obtaining permanent financing or support

How it Works:

  • Cash support up to 50% of the principal based on qualifying criteria for under collateralized loans.
  • Preference is placed on businesses located in rural areas, minority-owned, veteran-owned, job creation, generates income from outside of the state.
  • Prior to issuance of a loan, the participating Lender submits a CEP request to NMEDD FDT.
  • Once approved by NMEDD FDT, CEP approval is sent to Lender. This commitment can be called upon for up to 90 days after issuance.
  • Once the loan is finalized, NMEDD FDT funds the CEP contribution. A separate account is opened for each loan that is enrolled in CEP.
  • Within 15 business day of loan closing the lender submits the final loan information and notifies NMEDD FDT the loan was funded.

Download the Lender Participation Agreement
Download the Loan Enrollment Application

To learn more, please contact 827-0264 or email [email protected]