What is the Small Business Administration?

  • June 27, 2019
  • By Aidan Dwyer

Small Businesses are the backbone of the U.S Economy. Approximately 99.7% of employers in the U.S are considered small businesses, or businesses that employ less than 500 people. Because small businesses make up such a significant portion of the U.S economy. The government created an organization to help their growth. In 1953, The U.S government established the Small Business Administration as a means of helping small businesses all across the United States succeed. The mission of the Small Business Administration is “to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. Also, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation”. There are various ways in which the Small Business Administration accomplishes these goals.

Small Business Development with the Small Business Administration 

The primary goal of the Small Business Administration is to help develop small businesses throughout the country. They have established Small Business Development Centers throughout the country, at a variety of locations such as community colleges and state universities to help small business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to better grow and manage their businesses. The Small Business Administration offers many online courses geared towards small business owners. They offer classes on a wide variety of small business topics ranging from social media marketing to building sales plans, to attracting investors. The Small Business Administration has also created programs for niches of small business owners, creating the Veteran Business Outreach Center and Women’s Business Centers.

SBA 8(a) Program

The Small Business Administration has also developed a program designed for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. The 8(a) program offers specific courses as well as business consultation and training to help struggling small business owners succeed. To learn more about the SBA 8(a) program, click here! 

SBA 7 (a) Loan Guarantee Program

Perhaps the largest and most well-known program that the SBA Loan Guarantee Program. The 7(a) Loan Guarantee program offers SBA loans. SBA loans are small business loans issued by participating lenders and are partially guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.  With long terms and low-interest rates, getting an SBA loan is a great way to grow your business, increase working capital, purchase equipment, or refinance existing debt. SBA loans generally have a more rigorous qualification process than other loans, but businesses that qualify enjoy the benefits of 10-year terms and low-interest rates. If you think that you would benefit from an SBA guaranteed loan, fill out our commitment free application today.

One Comment

  1. I found it very interesting when you talked about how there are programs to help disadvantaged business owners! The other day, my dad said one of his friends wants to find financing options for his business. After reading your article, I think it’d be wise if my dad’s friend explored SBA programs, so I’ll suggest it now! Thanks for the information on how small business owners could thrive!

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