SBA increases lending cap to $23.5 billion
The Small Business Administration has increased its loan cap for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which expires at the conclusion of this September. As it stands now, the program, which provides small businesses with working capital up to $5 million, has loaned $19.2 billion. This number represents roughly $3 billion more than the total for fiscal year 2014, and will likely increase before the close of the 2015 fiscal year.
A sign of economic recovery
This increase in loan quantity and volume is likely attributed to the strength and resurgence of our economy. Miguel Ayala, a spokesman for the SBA, says: “The amount of lending is way up. There is a positive economic sentiment, and small business owners are taking more risk and want to expand their businesses.”
Lending was previously capped at $18.75 billion for fiscal year 2015. The newly-announced cap of $23.5 billion will also be the initial cap request for fiscal year 2016, which begins this coming October. Additionally, these loans through the SBA’s 7(a) program generously provide the lending banks with up to an 85 percent guarantee.
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