Small Businesses Have New Non-Profit Sources for SBA-financed Loans

Release Date: 
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Release Number: 
David J. Hall (202) 205-6697

20 First Community lending organizations selected to start making loans up to $200,000 under new Intermediary Lending Pilot Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Startups, newly established and growing small businesses now have a new source of financing backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration as 20 community organizations have been funded by SBA to start making loans up to $200,000 to qualifying small businesses.

Authorized under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the new Intermediary Lending Pilot Program will provide direct loans up to $1 million to 20 community organizations or intermediaries in fiscal year 2011, which in turn will use those funds to help finance small businesses, mostly in underserved markets.

Designed to expand access to capital to small businesses and drive economic growth and job creation, the program will fund 20 additional community lenders in FY 2012. The program has an additional year of authority in FY 2013 subject to appropriation by Congress.

“The Intermediary Lending Program is an important new tool to support businesses in underserved markets,” said SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns. “Partnering with community lenders will increase points of access to capital for startups and businesses that have been disproportionately affected by the recession.”

One goal of the pilot program over the next two-to-three years is to assess the intermediary model as an effective tool for increasing lower-dollar lending to small businesses and startups, particularly those in traditionally underserved communities.

The first 20 community lending organizations funded by SBA to participate in ILP are:

(Listed in Alphabetical Order)
City, State
Ben Franklin Technology Partners Philadelphia, PA
Biddeford-Saco Area EDC Saco, ME
Business Finance Group, Inc. Fairfax, VA
Central Minnesota DC Andover, MN
Clay-Platte Development Corp. Kansas City, MO
Colorado Lending Source, Ltd. Denver, CO
Cooperative Fund of New England Amherst, MA
Fresno County EOC Fresno, CA
Grand Central Texas DC Austin, TX
Grow South Dakota Sisseton, SD
Mahoning Valley EDC Youngstown, OH
NC Minority Support Center Durham, NC
Ohio Comm. Dev. Finance Fund Columbus, OH
Pacific Community Ventures San Francisco, CA
PIDC Regional DC Philadelphia, PA
Rural Nevada DC Ely, NV
Seattle Economic Dev. Fund Seattle, WA
ShoreBank Enterprise Group Ilawco, WA
TELACU Community Capital Los Angeles, CA
UP Business Capital Marquette, MI


For more information about the ILP program, visit the program website at To locate your local SBA office, visit


For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800 U ASK SBA or TDD 704-344-6640, or visit the SBA’s Web site at