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Small Business Administration

January 01, 2016

Category: Financial

The SBA's Express and pilot programs offer streamlined and expedited loan procedures for particular groups of borrowers, notably active duty military personnel, veterans, and borrowers from distressed communities.

SBA Express program gives small business borrowers an accelerated turnaround time for SBA's review. You will receive a response to your application within 36 hours. In addition, lower interest rates are often available to you when you apply through an Express program.

Community Express loan program allows approved SBA lenders to provide a unique combination of financial and technical assistance to borrowers located in the nation’s underserved communities. Eligible communities include the SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUB Zones) and those communities identified as distressed through the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). To encourage small businesses start-ups, the SBA makes eligible loans of $25,000 or less, regardless of where your small business is located.

Patriot Express.  The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the SBA’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative for veterans and members of the military community wanting to establish or expand small businesses. The SBA and its resource partners are focusing additional efforts on counseling and training to augment this loan initiative, making it more accessible and easy to use.

7(a) Loan Program is the SBA’s primary program to help start-up and existing small businesses obtain financing when they might not be eligible for business loans through normal lending channels.

CDC/504 Program loan program is a long-term financing tool, designed to encourage economic development within a community. The 504 Program accomplishes this by providing small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire major fixed assets for expansion or modernization.  The usual structure includes a loan secured from a private sector lender with a senior lien covering up to 50 percent of the project cost, a CDC (backed by a 100 percent SBA-guaranteed debenture) with a junior lien covering up to 40 percent of the project cost and a contribution from the borrower of at least 10 percent of the project cost (equity).

Guaranteed Loan Programs (Debt Financing) where banks and other lending institutions offer a number of SBA guaranteed loan programs to assist small businesses. While SBA itself does not make loans, it does guarantee loans made to small businesses by private and other institutions.

Information on SBA programs can be found at contact Todd County Development Corporation at 320-732-2128 or


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TCDC RLF funds provide additional access to capital for new and emerging small businesses where traditional sources of funding are unavailable or limited.  Strong consideration is given to value added agricultural manufacturing, technology, commercial/industrial and product manufacturing businesses that retain or create quality jobs.