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SBA Lending: Documenting, Closing, and Servicing 7(a) and CDC/504 Financing

Navigating SBA Approval and Authorization Process and Best Closing Practices for Preserving the Guaranty

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, September 23, 2021

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This CLE course will provide banking and finance counsel with the knowledge to properly document and close SBA loans. The program will cover the terms and conditions of a Section 7(a) loan and the CDC/504 acquisition/equipment financing mortgage loans. The program will discuss recent changes and developments that impact loan closings with the promulgation of SOP 50 10 6.


While banks, credit unions, and fintechs are tripping over themselves to extend credit availability for businesses, the SBA has recognized the advances that technology has provided to the industry. The SBA has streamlined its loan programs to create more access and opportunity for both lenders and borrowers. To incentivize banks to do more small business loans, the SBA does not require banks to analyze cash flow or debt-service coverage on loans of $350,000 or less. Other recent rule changes have expanded the accessibility of loan programs and simplified the loan application process.

The SBA has succeeded in increasing the number of loans made and the number of banks participating in its loan programs. While the loan guarantees by SBA are attractive to banks, the SBA loan process remains complicated and full of pitfalls for lenders.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the SBA financing program and best practices for lenders to document, close, and service SBA loans. The panel will guide you through the SBA authorization and approval process and discuss recent changes and developments that impact loan closings.



  1. SBA loan programs
    1. 7(a) loans
    2. CDC/504 loans
    3. SOP 50 10 6 updates
  2. Approval and authorization process
  3. Closing and documenting the loan
  4. Servicing the loan
  5. Loan defaults and securing the guaranty


The panel will review these and other priority issues:

  • What are best practices for lenders to navigate the SBA loan authorization and approval process?
  • What pitfalls do lenders face in documenting a 7(a) loan to preserve the federal guaranty?
  • What are best practices for post-closing loan servicing?
  • What are the recent changes by SBA to streamline the loan approval process?


Fleitas, Roberto
Roberto F. Fleitas, III

Managing Attorney

Mr. Fleitas has over 15 years of legal experience in business transactions, real estate law and finance. His...  |  Read More

Hofstetter, Thomas
Thomas L. Hofstetter

Schenck Price Smith & King

Mr. Hofstetter Co-Chairs the firm’s Banking and Finance Practice Group and is also a member of both the...  |  Read More

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