SBA Loan Requirements

Jessica SarterSmall Business Lending

If your business is like most U.S. small businesses, you will be, subject to certain exceptions, eligible for an SBA loan. The specific rules regarding SBA Loan Requirements are found in a series of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that the SBA has promulgated to guide SBA Lenders as well as in Title 13 Parts 120 and 121 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Although these rules govern what banks need to do when issuing and servicing SBA loans, they also contain the answer to the question, “Am I eligible for an SBA loan?”

The following are some of the key SBA loan requirements for a business to be eligible for an SBA loan:

  • The business must be an operating business organized for profit, not a passive business (e.g.: rental properties like apartments, long stay mobile home parks, most executive suites, and parking lot businesses, etc.)
  • The small business being financed must be located in the United States (including territories and possessions)
  • If the loan is related to the purchase or refinance of real estate, the owner must occupy 51% of the building for their non-passive income business, the owner must meet occupancy requirements within one year of the loan closing.
  • You must be a ‘small business’ by SBA’s specific size standards The SBA has an entire set of rules dedicated to answer the size question which is measured either by annual revenues or number of employees, depending upon the type of business seeking the loan. The overwhelming majority of businesses in the U.S. will meet the SBA’s small business standards.
  • The business owners must be U.S. citizens or have legal resident status.
  • The Borrower’s principals must pass a criminal background review.
  • The Borrower cannot have defaulted on any government backed loan.
  • The borrower must meet certain liquidity requirements. Mainly if borrowers have cash and other liquid assets in excess of a multiple of the requested loan amount they may not be eligible for an SBA loan unless they inject a portion of those funds into the project.

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