Competitive and Special Competitive Opportunity Gap Analysis of the 7(a) and 504 Programs

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Competitive and Special Competitive Opportunity Gap Analysis of the 7(a) and 504 Programs

Abstract

This study analyzes the extent to which the SBA's 7(a) and 504 programs serve borrowers facing capital gaps. Comparative and market share analyses show that women-, minority-owned, and start-up firms accounted for a higher share of the loans and larger share of lending volume under the 7(a) and 504 Programs compared to such firms' share of conventional small business loans. 7(a) and 504 loans went to firms that, on average, had lower sales and fewer employees than firms that received conventional small business loans. These differences suggest that SBAs 7(a) and 504 Programs served borrowers who face a capital gap.

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