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SBA 504 Eligibility

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

A business or other organization whose primary goal is making money (a profit), as opposed to a non-profit organization which focuses on a goal, such as helping the community and is concerned with money only as much as necessary to keep the organization operating. The business must be a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation.

The business must be small as defined by SBA as those businesses with a net worth below $15 million and an average net profit (after taxes) for the last two years of below $5 million.  If these standards are exceeded, the business can still qualify for the program by meeting other SBA size standards based on either number of employees or annual revenue, depending upon the industry.

The business must do business in the United States or its possessions. Ownership must be comprised of 51% U.S. citizens or registered aliens with green card.

For funding projects that include real estate, the business must intend to occupy at least 51% of the ‘Rentable Property’ for existing structures or at least 60% of the ‘Rentable Property’ initially (and 80% over time) for new construction projects.  “Rentable Property” is the total square footage of all buildings or facilities used for business operations, which may include exterior space (except parking areas) that is actively used in the Borrower’s business operations.

The small business must meet the job creation/retention requirement or qualify for a waiver. The general requirement is one job per $75,000 in SBA funding for typical 504 loans, or one job per $120,000 for small manufacturers. If a business does not meet the job creation/retention goals of the SBA, they may qualify for the program under one of the other goals of the program.

INELIGIBLE BUSINESSES

  • Non-profit businesses
  • Lending institutions
  • Insurance institutions
  • Gambling organizations
  • Businesses of a prurient nature
  • Businesses of restricted nature that exclude based on race, sex, or creed
  • Speculative businesses/development
  • Businesses located in a foreign country

ELIGIBILITY FACTS

ELIGIBLE USE OF FUNDS

  • Land Purchases
  • Site Improvements
  • Existing building purchases, expansions or renovations
  • New construction
  • Equipment purchase and installation
  • Projected related costs such as furniture and fixtures, title insurance fees, legal fees, appraisals, environmental reports, architects fees, survey costs, points on bridge loans, etc.
  • Refinancing – Limited debt refinancing is permitted but must involve a business expansion where the refinance may not exceed 50% of the project costs (other restrictions apply).

INELIGIBLE USES

  • Working Capital
  • Inventory
  • Vehicles licensed to be on the roads (trucks, cars)
  • Stock purchases

Economic Development Objectives

Community Development Goals

  • Improving, diversifying or stabilizing the economy of the locality.
  • Stimulating other business development.
  • Bringing new income into the community.
  • Assisting manufacturing firms (North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), Sectors 31 “ 33).
  • Assisting businesses in Labor Surplus Areas as defined by the Department of Labor.

Public Policy Goals

  • Revitalizing a business district of a community with a written revitalization or redevelopment plan.
  • Expansion of exports.
  • Expansion of small businesses owned and controlled by women.
  • Expansion of small businesses owned and controlled by veterans (especially service-disabled veterans).
  • Expansion of minority enterprise development.
  • Aiding rural development.
  • Increasing productivity and competitiveness (retooling, robotics, modernization, competition with imports).
  • Modernizing or upgrading facilities to meet health, safety, and environmental requirements.
  • Assisting businesses in or moving to areas affected by Federal budget reductions, including base closings, either because of the loss of Federal contracts or the reduction in revenues in the area due to a decreased Federal presence.
  • Reduction of rates of unemployment in labor surplus areas, as such areas are determined by the Secretary of Labor.