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General Small Business Loans: 7(a)

The 7(a) Loan Program, SBA’s most common loan program, includes financial help for businesses with special requirements.
  • 7(a) Loan Program Eligibility

    SBA provides loans to businesses; so the requirements of eligibility are based on specific aspects of the business and its principals.

  • Use of 7(a) Loan Proceeds

    If you are awarded a 7(a) loan, the loan proceeds may be used to establish a new business or to assist in the acquisition, operation, or expansion of an existing business.

  • 7(a) Loan Repayment Terms

    Learn what the repayment terms are for 7(a) loans.

  • 7(a) Loan Amounts, Fees & Interest Rates

    The specific terms of SBA loans are negotiated between a borrower and an SBA-approved lender. In general, the following provisions apply to all SBA 7(a) loans.

  • 7(a) Loan Application Checklist

    The specific terms of SBA loans are negotiated between a borrower and an SBA-approved lender. In general, the following provisions apply to all SBA 7(a) loans.

  • 7(a) Loan Processing Time

    There are two 7(a) loan process options with different time frames. In addition to standard procedures, SBA Express processing offers an expedited turnaround.

  • Special Types of 7(a) Loans

    SBA offers several special purpose 7(a) loans to aid businesses that have been impacted by NAFTA, provide financial assistance to Employee Stock Ownership Plans, and help implement pollution controls.