The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced it has reached $44.8 billion in funding to small businesses for the 2021 fiscal year, equating to more than 61,000 traditional loans.
SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman made the announcement, stating:
“In the midst of a once-in-a-generation pandemic, the SBA’s mission-driven team delivered a record number of SBA’s traditional loans to our nation’s small businesses – in addition to more than $1.1 trillion in COVID-related relief since the start of the pandemic.”
SBA Loans Hit $44.8 Billion in 2021
Under the leadership of Guzman, the SBA has prioritized increasing capital to small business owners across the United States. There has been a particular drive to make capital available to businesses from traditionally undeserved communities.
The SBA’s data highlights the vital role having access to funding serves for the small business community. For small businesses that are denied a loan by commercial lenders like banks, SBA’s existing loan program act as vital lifeline to small businesses.
Assisting Small Business Recovery
The importance of having access to funding is especially prevalent as the economy emerges from the pandemic and this prolific disruption it had on small businesses.
Despite development being made in SBA’s lending programs, the agency is aware that gaps in accessing capital still exist in some communities. Hence why the SBA is prioritizing lending to small businesses in traditionally undeserved communities.
As SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman added: “While progress has been made, our data also tells a deeper story: historic inequities in accessing capital persist, and we must do more to lower the barrier of entry to opportunity for all our entrepreneurs. We will continue to build on our impactful programs to meet small businesses where they are and connect them with the resources needed to thrive.”
Funding for Minority Owned Businesses
In 2021, almost 52,000 loans totalling more than $36.5 billion were provided to small businesses. Minority business owners received almost $11 billion in loans, equating to 30% of total SBA lending. According to the data, businesses owned by women received almost $5 billion in the 2021 financial year. Veteran-owned businesses received $1.2 billion in SBA loans in the same year.
The SBA’s data also shows that $71.8 million in microloan funding went to nearly 4,400 small businesses. 41% of these loans went to underserved communities, including Black-owned and Hispanic-owned small businesses.
Making it easier for small businesses to get their hands on capital, the data underlines how the SBA provides vital support for small businesses, including those that are minority-owned.