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SBA Loans

Get Funds & Pursue Growth

Expand, enhance, or start something totally new with Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. With lower-than-usual interest rates and flexible repayment terms, the perks this program offers make SBA loans highly sought after by small businesses owners. Learn more about these and other small business loans available through Greater Nevada Credit Union and Greater Commercial Lending, GNCU’s expert business lending subsidiary.

Types of Credit Union SBA Loans

Realize potential, fund growth, and reach new goals–it’s easier with the right small business loans, especially those backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Different lenders offer many different kinds of SBA loans. At Greater Nevada Credit Union, we can help you with SBA 7(a) loans and SBA 504 loans.

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7(a) Loan

SBA 7(a) loans are partially guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. They’re good for financing many different needs from startup costs to operation to expansion. High maximum loan amounts make them one of the most popular small business loans available.


Meet small business size standards. Be a registered for-profit business. Demonstrate an ability to repay, have reasonable invested equity, and not be delinquent on any federal loans. Demonstrate a need for a loan (sought small business financing elsewhere but unable to qualify).

Loan Amounts

Finance between $5,000 – $5,000,000 with a 50 – 85% SBA guarantee.


A guarantee fee of 0.55 – 3.75% is collected depending on the amount of the loan. Down payment is 10 – 20% and collateral along with personal guarantees will be required.

Interest Rates

SBA loan rates are based on Wall Street Journal Prime plus a margin. These interest rates are variable monthly or quarterly depending on the type of loan and loan amount.

Repayment Terms

The maximum maturity rate is 10 years for most business uses and 25 years for real estate.

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504 Loan

SBA 504 loans are primarily commercial real estate loans, though that’s by no means their only use. Small businesses often use them to stimulate growth by creating jobs and purchasing equipment and machinery essential to operation.


Meet small business size standards. Be a registered for-profit business. Demonstrate need for loan (sought small business financing elsewhere but unable to qualify). Have a net worth under $15,000,000 and average net income under $5,000,000 for the two years prior to applying.

Loan Amounts

Finance between $250,000 – $5,000,000 (certain energy projects can receive up to $16,500,000 spread between three projects).


A loan fee of 1 – 2% is collected by the lender. SBA guarantee fees will be added to the SBA loan; SBA fees are 2.15% and a $3,500 legal fee. Down payment is 10 – 20% and collateral as well as personal guarantees are required.

Interest Rates

SBA loan rates are some of the lowest available to small businesses, depending on amortization period and type of loan request. Rates change monthly on 504 loans, check with your lender for current rates.

Repayment Terms

10-year and 20-year maturity terms are available.

Benefits of SBA Loans in Nevada

SBA loans typically offer excellent interest rates plus superior terms. And when you apply for one through Greater Nevada Credit Union, you’ll reap even more benefits: as one of the most member-focused credit unions in the state, we’re proud to offer personalized guidance and support to the Nevada small business community.

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Low Rates

SBA loan rates are typically very low, making them great options for small businesses. Rates can change every month on 504 loans, so be sure to contact us for the most current rates.

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Flexible Repayment

Repay what you borrow with plenty of wiggle room (and maybe even room to spare). Amortization periods are 10 years for equipment and 20–25 years for real estate.

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Personal Support

Access a wealth of financial resources, plus one-on-one guidance from a credit union with a long history of helping small businesses fund and grow their operations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About SBA Loans

SBA loans are popular with small businesses, and it’s easy to see why. Here’s what our commercial members most want to know about these highly sought after funding options.

What are SBA loan requirements?

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The Small Business Administration requires applicants to meet several eligibility criteria. One of the most important is small business status. You can check whether your business holds that status from the SBA website. Other requirements include being a for-profit business, doing business in the U.S., having equity in your business, and first exhausting all other financing options available.

Do SBA loans require down payments?

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Yes–SBA loans require down payments based on your cash flow and available collateral. The amount is 10% for both 504 loans and 7(a) loans, though the factors mentioned above can raise the required down payment percentage to up to 30%.

What does your credit score have to be for a SBA loan?

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The Small Business Administration hasn’t provided minimum credit score requirements for SBA loans. However, most lenders expect borrowers to have decent credit scores–somewhere in the middle or high 600s.

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