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Overview: Small Business Owners & the SBIC Program
Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) are privately managed for profit investment funds that use privately raised capital and guaranteed SBA loans to provide long-term loans and equity investments to qualifying small businesses. Because SBICs seek attractive net returns for their private investors, SBICs use their own investment criteria and processes to make investment decisions. SBA has no influence over SBIC investment decisions.
SBIC financing may not be appropriate for all types of businesses and financing needs. Please visit Is SBIC Financing Right for your Business. If you decide to seek SBIC Financing, How Should You Seek Financing from an SBIC? provides some tips for approaching SBICs in the SBIC Directory.
If you decide that SBIC financing is not appropriate for your business, the SBA offers a wide variety of financial assistance programs designed to suit the varied needs of America’s small businesses. To learn more about other financing options available through SBA, refer to the Loans and Grants section or call 1-800-UASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722). SBA’sIntroduction to Venture Capital & Other Financial Assistance is another great resource to help you identify capital sources.
Note: The above information is intended primarily for small business owners seeking financing for their business. For current SBICs, applicants, limited partners, and others interested in the SBIC program, please refer to the SBIC Program Home Page.