SBA Small Business Loan Eligibility Requirements

By BoeFly

Posted : September 14, 2011

Category : How To

SBA Small Business Loan Eligibility Requirements

Most small businesses are , subject to certain exceptions, eligible for an SBA loan.
The specific rules regarding are found in a series of Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs) that the SBA has promulgated to guide SBA Lenders as well as
in Title 13 Parts 120 and 121 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Although
these rules govern what banks need to do when issuing and servicing SBA loans,
they also contain the answer to the question, "Am I eligible for an SBA

The following are some of the key requirements for an SBA loan:

  • The business must be a ‘small business’ by SBA’s specific size standards The SBA
    has an entire set of rules dedicated to answer the size question which is
    measured either by annual revenues or number of employees, depending upon the
    type of business seeking the loan. The overwhelming majority of businesses in
    the U.S. will meet the SBA’s small business standards.   
  • The
    business must be an operating business organized for profit, not a passive
    business (e.g.: rental properties like apartments, long stay mobile home parks,
    most executive suites, and parking lot businesses, etc.)
  • The small business being
    financed must be located in the United States (including territories and
  • If the loan is related to the
    purchase or refinance of real estate, the owner must occupy 51% of the building
    for their non-passive income business, the owner must meet occupancy
    requirements within one year of the loan closing.
  • You, and any other individuals
    that will make up the principals, must pass a criminal background review.
  • You cannot have defaulted on
    any government backed loan.
  • You must meet certain liquidity
    requirements. Mainly if borrowers have cash and other liquid assets in excess
    of a multiple of the requested loan amount they may not be eligible for an SBA
    loan unless they inject a portion of those funds into the project.

SBA’s guarantee programs have been successful in getting financing into the
hands of countless worthy small business owners.  

Article written by BoeFly

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