News Release: Small Business Lending Up 15% in Dollar Value Across Orange County and the Inland Empire

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August 3, 2017


Sheree Coates (714) 560-7466 or Christopher Lorenzana (714) 560-7453

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Small Business Lending Up 15% in Dollar Value Across Orange County and the Inland Empire

Strong showing in 504 loan program for real estate and equipment

Santa Ana, Calif.The U.S. Small Business Administration’s flagship 7(a) and 504 loan programs have already placed more than $1.1 billion into the hands of entrepreneurs across the Orange County and Inland Empire region during the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2017.  Across 68 SBA district offices, the Orange County / Inland Empire District ranks fourth in lending dollars following Los Angeles, South Florida, and Georgia.

“As the SBA begins its 65th year this week as the federal agency that advocates for small businesses, it’s perfect timing to share very positive lending data,” said J. Adalberto Quijada, Director of the Orange County / Inland Empire District Office.  “Our national ranking is a confirmation that our office has built strong working relationships with the region’s lending community.”

Total lending dollars are up 15 percent over the same time last year (Oct. 1- June 30).  The 504 loan program has seen a significant increase this year with 210 loans totaling $204 million delivered in comparison to 192 loans at $180 million this same time last year. 

Included in the $1.1 billion figure are more than $141 million in SBA-backed loans to woman-owned small businesses (more than a 33 percent increase over last year) and more than $19 million in loans allocated to the region’s underserved communities within the Orange County-Inland Empire area.

The SBA provides a loan guaranty to banks and other lenders in order to increase access to capital for small business owners.  The top three lenders in the Orange County Inland Empire District year to date are: Wells Fargo Bank with 226 loans totaling $91,361,800;     U.S. Bank with 102 loans for $40,603,300; and JP Morgan Chase Bank with 100 loans totaling $26,405,400. 

For more information about SBA’s loan programs, please visit  Lender Ranking Reports are available for SBA lenders active in the Orange County / Inland Empire District at

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

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About the Santa Ana District Office 

The Santa Ana District Office, under the leadership and vision of J. Adalberto Quijada, District Director, is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services in the Southern California counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.  Located in Santa Ana near John Wayne Airport, the office and its staff of 14 facilitate understanding and access to SBA loan programs; coordinate and conduct hundreds of training sessions and special events annually such as matchmaking forums, loan fairs, and business plan competitions; and manage a portfolio of approximately 104 businesses enrolled in the agency’s 8(a) business development program.