Usa Alaska

USA Statutes : alaska
Title : Trade and Commerce
Chapter : Chapter 95. Small Business Loans

In this chapter, 'commissioner' means the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.

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(a) There is created the small business revolving loan fund to carry out the purposes of this chapter. This fund shall be used for no other purpose.

(b) Money in the fund may be used by the legislature to make appropriations for costs of administering this chapter.

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure of a loan made under this chapter. Disposal shall be made in a manner that serves the best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of payments over a period of years.

(a) The commissioner may sell or transfer at par value or at a premium or discount to any bank or other private purchaser for cash or other consideration the mortgages and notes held by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development as security for loans made under this chapter.

(b) [Repealed, Sec. 33 ch 141 SLA 1988].

(a) There is established as a special account within the small business revolving loan fund the foreclosure expense account. This account is established as a reserve from fund equity.

(b) The commissioner may expend money credited to the foreclosure expense account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on loans made under AS 45.95.020 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure proceedings after a default by an obligor.

A person is eligible for a loan under this chapter if

(1) the person can establish or demonstrate good character, capacity for financial responsibility, ability to provide sufficient collateral and knowledge of Alaska economic conditions;

(2) the person is a resident of the state; and

(3) in the judgment of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

(A) the business shows a definite potential for growth;

(B) the borrower will be able to repay the loan; and

(C) the loan will potentially create more jobs and provide additional services in the community.

(a) The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development shall formulate general policies and adopt regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter, including regulations to establish fees for services provided and charges for collecting the fees. The department may collect the fees and collection charges established.

(b) The department may hold hearings and subpoena witnesses and documents, and administer oaths in connection with hearings.

(c) The department shall

(1) cooperate with the state and its political subdivisions and agencies;

(2) adopt regulations necessary for the conduct of its business and for carrying out the provisions of this chapter, and make necessary regulations to maintain such standards;

(3) require bonds and undertakings from persons employed by it as shall in its judgment be necessary, and pay the premiums on them;

(4) establish such regional and local offices and such advisory groups as may be necessary or considered expedient to carry out or assist in carrying out its duties and authority.

(a) The commissioner shall, under regulations and policies adopted by the commissioner, make small business loans to acquire, finance or refinance or equip businesses, including farming, mining and fishing, not exceeding $500,000. The loans shall be secured by acceptable collateral and may not exceed 75 percent of the appraised value of the collateral offered as security. The rate of interest may not exceed nine and one-half percent a year on the unpaid balance. For the purposes of this subsection business equipment includes, but is not limited to, fire protection systems approved under AS 18.70.081 and farming equipment.

(b) [Repealed, Sec. 14 ch 122 SLA 1980].

(c) [Repealed, Sec. 108 ch 59 SLA 1982].

(d) Money loaned shall be delivered to the borrower in the form of a warrant drawn on the treasury, vouchered in the manner prescribed for state disbursing officers, and charged against the small business revolving loan fund. Each voucher shall be approved by the commissioner or a bonded deputy authorized to act as a certifying officer. Upon repayment of loans by installments, or otherwise, in accordance with the prescribed terms, or upon liquidation by foreclosure or other process, or upon receipt of interest, the money so received shall be turned over to the commissioner of revenue for deposit in the small business revolving loan fund.

(e) The commissioner may not disqualify an applicant for, or prejudice an applicant's privilege to receive, a loan to purchase and install a fire protection system solely because of a loan already made to the applicant under this chapter.