SBA 7(a) and Community Advantage Loan Programs

Let’s face it—sometimes finding a traditional business loan isn’t easy. That’s especially true if you’re a startup, in a “risky” industry like food and beverage or hospitality, or both. You need a stepping stone—a loan that can help your business grow to the point where you can more easily qualify at a bank.

If this describes you, the SBA 7(a) and Community Advantage loan programs may be a great fit. They provide funding for almost any business need including startup costs, working capital, equipment purchases and more. And, when you access the programs through Pursuit, you’ll work with a skilled SBA lender ready to process your application efficiently.

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SBA 7(a) and Community Advantage loan program details

The SBA 7(a) loan program makes funding from $50,000 to $5 million possible for startups and growing businesses in any qualified industry. The Community Advantage loan program, which provides loans of up to $250,000, is a unique type of 7(a) loan designed to provide additional support for businesses operating in underserved areas. In general, the program details are the same for 7(a) and Community Advantage loans.

  • Loan amounts: Up to $5 million (maximum of $250,000 for Community Advantage)
  • Interest rate: Competitive, variable interest rates determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Time to funding: Approvals in 30-45 days after you submit a complete application, time to funding varies based on project
  • Term: Up to 10 years for general funding; up to 25 years for real estate purchases

Is the SBA 7(a) or Community Advantage loan program right for me?

If you believe in your idea and your plan, but do not currently meet bank loan requirements, you may be a candidate for a 7(a) or Community Advantage loan. Here are some general things to keep in mind before deciding to apply. If you meet some or all of the criteria, you are a good candidate for the program: 

  • You have positive historic or projected cash flow
  • You have positive net worth or available equity to contribute to your business
  • You have business assets or real estate to pledge as collateral
  • You have a fair to good personal credit score

What can you use an SBA 7(a) or Community Advantage loan for?

You can use a 7(a) loan for almost any business expense. Multiple business expenses can also be combined into one loan. Here’s how business owners often use the program:

  • Purchase owner-occupied commercial real estate
  • Leasehold improvements or renovations
  • Purchase of furniture, fixtures, and equipment
  • Purchase of inventory
  • Permanent working capital
  • Business acquisition
  • Debt refinance for any of the items listed above

Spark business growth with an SBA 7(a) or Community Advantage loan

SBA 7(a) loans can give your business the boost it needs to grow and qualify for traditional funding in the future.

Learn how other businesses have used the program to reach higher:

The SBA 7(a) loan program is administered by Pursuit BDC. The Community Advantage loan program is administered by Pursuit CDC.

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