SBA and Government Funding
Some critics have called for dismantling the U.S. Small Business Administration. The agency's leader says demand for its services is only growing and is a good value to tax payers.
Karen G. Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about the agency's 2011 record year in small-business loan guarantees, helping to fill gaps when banks were reluctant to lend.
The CDFI Bond Guarantee program, signed into law in 2010, had the potential to extend $4 billion in credit to small-business owners, among others. A lengthy Congressional approval process has reduced the funds available by half.
One of the SBA's biggest investment programs to launch this year may fall on deaf ears as the venture-capital community swoons from years of lousy returns.
The Small Business Administration asked for almost $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2013, but don't get too excited. They also plan to back fewer loans.
Lawmakers moved to extend and expand two key small business research programs facing expiration this week. See what changes may come down the pike.
The SBA announced a banner year in 2011 -- supporting a record $30 billion in loans. But come 2012, the agency's sights are $1 billion lower.
SBA backed loans are up but, with the latest debt woes, for how long?
New help on the way for small-business owners as the Obama administration works to keep the recovery from heading back into a nosedive.
SBA chief Karen Mills on how the agency evolved through the economic crisis.
New rules governing the SBA's 8(a) program went into effect this week. See if your business can benefit from the changes.
Many government grants are available for small businesses, but research carefully.
The new rules for this program help small businesses buy real estate, equipment and machinery.
While small business gets talked up in the economic recovery plan, lending to small business is still down--by $40 billion--from what it was two years ago. Entrepreneurs are grumbling. And Karen G. Mills, head of the SBA, is taking questions.
It seems most of the government's $787 billion went to states and big companies. So what's left for small businesses?
SBA Loan Consultant Scarlet Timphony explains how the SBA can help a new business and how an entrepreneur should prepare and apply for a loan.
Businesses in low-income communities are receiving cheaper, more flexible financing, thanks to a special tax credit program.
The SBA doesn't just guarantee loans. It backs venture capital funds, too.
Need cash to develop your latest high-tech product? There's probably an SBIR grant for you.
More small-business opportunities can flow freely now that the SBA has finally removed its 7(a) loan cap.
Even SBICs feel this economy, but they may have the resources to make your deal work.
Stop chuckling. It can happen with certain SBA loans.
Learn what SBA lenders really look for-and how to give it to 'em.
Catch a major-league SBA loan in just hours with a "preferred" lender.
The bank isn't the only place to turn if you need start-up cash. Our Finance Expert suggests a few ways to squeeze some money out of the government.
Did ya hear the one about the lesser-known SBA loan program?