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SBA Sets New Lending Record for Orange County and Inland Empire Small Businesses

Local SBA office ranks 4th in the Nation with over $1.57 billion loaned in Fiscal Year 2017
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sheree Coates (714) 560-7466 or Christopher Lorenzana (714) 560-7453

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced fiscal year 2017 lending numbers showing increasing loan levels in small business lending through the 7(a) and 504 loan programs, as well as increases in lending to women, veterans and emerging  communities.   Nationally, SBA approved over 68,000 loans in the 7(a) and 504 loan programs in FY17.  These programs provided over $30 billion to small businesses. 

There was record lending activity in FY17 for the SBA Orange County/Inland Empire (OCIE) District Office, as $1.57 billion was delivered to small businesses by participating SBA lenders, an increase of 11.3% by dollar amount over the prior fiscal year.  1,962 businesses were financed in FY17, compared to 2,029 businesses for $1.41 billion in FY16.  SBA’s top three participating lenders in the OCIE District by number of units for FY17 were Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank, and JPMorgan Chase Bank.

“The great partnerships between the SBA district office, participating SBA lenders, and SBA-funded Resource Partners are the key to us having a record year,” said J. Adalberto Quijada, Director of the Orange County / Inland Empire District Office.  “Our region is successful when all small business stakeholders work together to help small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.”

SBA’s flagship loan program, referred to as 7(a), provides small businesses with guaranteed loans covering the vast majority of small business needs including working capital, fixed and intangible asset financing, as well as refinance and export support through term and revolving loans.  

In FY17, the 7(a) program supported a consistent number of loans -- more than $980 million combined across 1,688 loans in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.  The SBA continues to streamline and improve access to its loan program for small loans and emerging communities, delivering more than $41 million in smaller loans of $350,000 or less in FY17 within the OCIE District.

504 loans provide small businesses with long-term fixed rate financing to acquire fixed assets, and are available through Certified Development Companies (CDCs), SBA’s community-based partners.  In FY17, the 504 program remained at zero subsidy, and grew to $5 billion in loan volume nationally.  504 lending in Orange County and the Inland Empire grew by 7.5% in volume and 7.6% in dollar amount through 274 loans supporting $592 million.

7(a) lending to women-owned businesses (both majority and minority owned) grew in total dollar in the OC/IE District in FY17, exceeding $184 million, an increase of $43 million from FY16.

There has been yearly growth in SBA’s loan programs, reflecting the important role of its lending partners. In FY17, SBA added nationally 241 new lenders that have contributed to a healthy loan portfolio and one of the lowest loss rates in the SBA’s history.

During the fiscal year, SBA launched its online lender referral tool Lender Match.  Lender Match is an upgrade to LINC (Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital). This tool helps connect small business borrowers with participating SBA lenders. 

Lender Match is available to all SBA 7(a) lenders nationwide, including nonprofit lenders that offer free financial advice and specialize in micro lending, loans in SBA’s Community Advantage program, and the SBA’s CDC/504 loan program.  Lenders previously signed up for LINC will continue receiving referrals on the Lender Match platform.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

About the Orange County / Inland Empire District Office (formerly Santa Ana District Office)

The Orange County / Inland Empire District Office, under the leadership and vision of J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director, is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Located in Santa Ana, the office and its staff facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums, loan fairs, and business plan competitions; and manage a portfolio of more than 100 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.