SBA 7(a) Program

This SBA program offers the most flexible and longest-term loans. The loan may be used for everything from start-up businesses to real estate to equipment and working capital investments.

  • Terms of up to 25 years and lower payment
  • Competitive rates and no balloon payments
  • Loan proceeds can be used for many purposes


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SBA 7(a) Program Guidelines

  • For-profit business
  • Must qualify as a small business according to SBA Size Guidelines (varies by industry type).
Loan Size
  • Maximum SBA loan is $5 Million
  • Maximum SBA guaranteed portion is $3.5 Million
  • Provided by Highland Bank SBA provides an 85% guaranty to Highland Bank on loan amounts up to $150,000
  • SBA provides a 75% guaranty to Highland Bank on loans exceeding $150,000
Use of Proceeds
  • Land
  • Buildings
  • Equipment
  • Furniture & Fixtures
  • Inventory
  • Business Acquisition
  • Working Capital
  • SBA requires that Highland Bank take a first secured interest in business assets and/or a mortgage on real estate.
Loan Terms
  • Working Capital – up to 7 years
  • Equipment – up to 10 years (or useful life)
  • Real Estate – up to 25 years
SBA Guaranty Fee
  • SBA charges a 2% fee on the guaranteed portion of loans $150,000 or less
  • SBA charges a 3% fee on the guaranteed portion of loans over $150,000 up to $700,000
  • SBA charges a 3.5% fee on loans over $700,000
Interest Rate Spreads
  • Rates can be fixed or variable. Maximum spread:For terms up to 7 years – WSJ Prime + 2.25%For terms 7 years and greater – WSJ Prime + 2.75% Additional 1% may be charged on loans between $25,000 and $50,000
  • Additional 2% may be charged on loans under $25,000