SPECIAL EDITION | Small Business Investment Companies

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Small Business Investment Companies

Did you know that the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program has been helping high-growth small businesses get financing since 1958?

That's right – for more than 50 years, SBICs have facilitated the flow of long-term capital to America’s businesses. There are thousands of small business success stories, but here are a few you probably recognize: Costco, Apple and Staples – just to name a few.

How does it work?

SBA doesn't finance businesses directly. For the SBIC program, SBA partners with private investors to capitalize professionally-managed investment funds (the SBICs) that finance small businesses.

What are the perks? 

  • Small businesses can receive equity capital, long-term loans and expert management assistance. 
  • Investment managers can add to their own private investment capital with funds borrowed at favorable rates through the federal government.
  • And the national economy benefits as the small businesses financed by SBICs continue to create jobs and generate tax revenues.

Where can I learn more?

Visit the SBIC Program pages, including the FAQ, for more information about the SBIC Program. Still have questions? Email askSBIC@sba.gov.


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