Meet Jeff Browning, Helping SBA Process and Approve 7(a) Loans to Small Businesses
by janied, Community Moderator
- Created: January 20, 2012, 11:52 am
- Updated: January 20, 2012, 11:56 am
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
I tell them I’m responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support the SBA Standard 7(a) Loan Guaranty Processing Center goals for a multi-billion dollar national loan program. As an IT Specialist, I enjoy applying technology to automate our processes which provide the tools for our staff to effectively perform their jobs.
What’s your favorite thing about what the SBA does for small businesses?
SBA has a great mission providing access to capital for small businesses, and especially those struggling in rural areas in our current economy. I enjoy hearing conversations, from our staff, about a loan guaranty approval enabling a small business to retain or create much needed jobs. Our staff has received countless praise from lenders expressing their gratitude for the customer service provided during their loan guaranty process. This positive feedback is a great reward for doing our jobs.
Is there a particular small business “success story” that comes to mind when you think about how the SBA helps people?
Over the years, our center has helped several small businesses in need of capital. In a recent situation, a small business had exhausted all available funds performing research on light-weight multiple fuel engines (MFE) for unmanned aircraft. After the successful development of a MFE, the company needed short-term capital to meet contract production obligations. Our staff guided the lender through the loan guaranty process and approved a Capline line of credit. These actions allowed the business to continue operations and retain the existing ten employees.
Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners out there?
I believe any business idea can become successful through planning, hard work and persistence. Through our experience processing loan applications, I would recommend sufficient working capital, hiring a good CPA, performing hands-on management and managing cash flow. Hopefully, with ambition and determination, an idea can be transformed into a successful business and provide jobs to turn this economy around.
Anything else to add?
It’s personally been a very rewarding experience working for SBA. I’ve developed software applications and implemented commercial software solutions to expedite processes for our processing center. I’ve been fortunate to support a great staff with an exceptional level of expertise. I receive rewards everyday with positive feedback from our staff and customers.
Meet the SBA is a series of features on SBA employees -- both in Washington, D.C., and around the U.S. -- who work every day to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Employees were nominated by their colleagues to be recognized during Public Service Recognition Week 2011.
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