An SBA Preferred Lender

We know small business loans, and our SBA Preferred Lender status proves it. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the nation’s largest single financial backer of small businesses, and First Merchants is proud to partner with the SBA to provide financing to business owners like you. We are the 13th largest SBA Lender in Indiana, and have been named one of the Top 10 SBA Lenders in the Ohio District.

Our Preferred Lender designation acknowledges our expertise, which provides us with the opportunity to expedite the loan process by approving SBA loan requests in-house. 

Benefits include:

  • 24-hour turnaround on loan requests once we have all necessary financial information
  • Work directly with us
  • We’re one of the largest SBA lenders in our area
  • The expertise and resources of a large financial institution, with the flexibility of a community bank

SBA solutions include:

SBA 7(a) Loan Program:

The most flexible SBA loan program, funds can be used for a number of expenses, including working capital, plant and equipment, real estate and business acquisitions.

504 Loan Program:

This long term loan is designed for businesses looking to acquire fixed assets like real estate and equipment.

SBA Express Program:

This loan is ideal for small business lines of credit.

For more information on SBA loans, click here to visit sba.gov, call us at 1.800.205.3464, or visit your local banking center.

(Approved to offer SBA loan products under SBA’s Preferred Lender program.)