If only they had waited a year. When two filmmakers snagged an SBA-backed bank loan in April, they used real estate as collateral. Now, the Small Business Administration will let banks accept intellectual property--from patents to signed contracts--as collateral. For producers, that could mean loans backed by a film's distribution rights.
The SBA hopes to aid entrepreneurs in technology, health care, and music. The aim, says the SBA's Charles Tansey, is to boost lending "against things you can't kick or resell in the real estate section." That leaves just one hurdle: finding a bank as adventurous as the SBA.