SBA Changes, Stable Rates Enticing Bay Area, Sacramento Small Businesses, Says CDC Small Business Finance

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Motivated by stabilized low rates, many small businesses in the Bay Area and Sacramento are pulling the trigger on commercial real estate purchases using Small Business Administration (SBA) financing, according to CDC Small Business Finance.

Through the first four months of the year, CDC Small Business Finance has approved $11.4 million in SBA-504 program financing to small businesses in the Northern California regions.

“Rates are a factor, but recent SBA rule changes are making it easier for more small business entrepreneurs to qualify for SBA-504 financing to buy or construct their own facilities,” said Kelly Ryan, Bay Area loan officer with CDC Small Business Finance, the nation’s leader in SBA-504 loans.

Last month the SBA eliminated provisions that prevented small business owners with a high-net worth to purchase commercial real estate with an SBA-504 loan.

“These new changes will help more small businesses grow, create jobs and stimulate the economy,” said Ed Ryan, Sacramento Valley loan officer for CDC Small Business Finance.

SBA-504 loans, provided in partnership between certified development companies and banks, help small businesses finance the construction or purchase of commercial/industrial buildings as well as large equipment. CDC’s most active bank partners in providing SBA-504 loans have been Union Bank, Comerica, JP Morgan Chase, Community 1st Bank and Rabobank.

“Rates continue at historic lows for this fixed-rate financing,” said Ryan. “Small business owners should take advantage now before rates rise with an improving economy.”

SBA Green Loan Gaining Traction

Gaining traction in SBA lending is the “Green 504” loan program, which allows higher lending amounts for small business owners who want to buy or upgrade commercial/industrial buildings and make them more energy efficient. Buildings over $20 million can be financed using this unique program offered jointly by a bank and CDC Small Business Finance. Small business owners need only demonstrate a projected 10% reduction in energy costs by deploying one or more energy-saving improvements (e.g. insulation, lighting, heating/air conditioning).

The current SBA-504 rate is 5.07%, fixed for 20 years. Several Northern California businesses have taken advantage of the SBA-504 loan program to buy their own building, preserve cash and build owner equity.

Small business owners can find out if they qualify for a loan by calling Kelly Ryan in the Bay Area, 415.561.6384, or Ed Ryan in Sacramento, 916.565.8102. They can also use the CDC’s Prequalify Today tool, visit or check CDC on Twitter @CDC_Loans and LinkedIn.

Note: Media interested in interviewing small business owners who have received SBA-504 loans to purchase a building can contact Larry Nuffer,, 619.243.8620.

CDC Small Business Finance
Larry Nuffer, 619-243-8620


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