SBA Improves Small Businesses Access to 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs
U.S. small businesses will gain improved access to two major government-guaranteed loan programs once a final rule to that effect issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration becomes effective April 21, 2014.
The SBA recently published a Final Rule on the Federal Register that eliminates or revises several requirements for its two main loan programs, 7(a) and 504. The rule expands eligibility, makes it easier for small businesses to secure SBA-backed financing, and encourages job creation.
“These 504 and 7(a) program enhancements will expand program eligibility and improve access to capital for small businesses. Improvements in CDC corporate governance oversight enhance program integrity and encourages more local involvement,” said Ann Marie Mehlum, SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access.
The changes include, but are not limited to:
For the full text of the Final Rule as published on the Federal Register, visit http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/Final%20Rule%20-%20Federal%20Register%202014-06237.pdf