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SBA Lending

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're one of the largest and most active SBA lenders in the areas we serve.Picture of SBA Logo

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:

  • Expedited SBA approval process
  • More favorable loan structures may be available when eligible
  • Personal guidance through the process
  • 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 1.866.833.0050, or visit your local banking center.

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


Have questions or need assistance? Our Treasury Solutions team can help you with any business service. The team is available weekdays from 8 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. EST. Give us a call at 1.866.833.0050.

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