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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Los Angeles District Office (LADO) serves Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, which have a combined population base of 11 million residents. If this area were a state, it would rank as the eighth most populous state in the Union. This tri-county service area is the nation’s top international trade and manufacturing center. There is a diverse economic base with trade, tourism, entertainment, technology and financial services leading the way. The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are the busiest in the country, and L.A. vies each year with Chicago for the number one ranking in manufacturing output.
LADO is proud of its fiscal 2012 record of achievement, ranking as the number one lending market in the nation. LADO also led all SBA offices nationwide in financing 2,465 businesses with more than $1.5 billion. LADO is also first in lending nationally to minority and women-owned businesses, and active in government contracting - helping with billions in contract opportunities during the last three years.
The Los Angeles District Office is a full-service financing office offering Microloans, 7(a), 504, CAPLines, Community Advantage, Export Working Capital, and SBA Express Programs.
Technical assistance is readily available through an extensive network of three SCORE chapters, four Women Business Centers and nine Small Business Development Centers.