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California Community Economic Revitalization Team

Certified Development Company (504) Loan Program






Agency: Small Business Administration

Program: Certified Development Company (504) Loan Program

Program Description: The 504 Certified Development Company (CDC) Program provides growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. A Certified Development Company is a non profit corporation set up to contribute to the economic development of its community or region. CDC’s work with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses. There are about 290 CDC’s nationwide. Each CDC covers a specific area.

Proceeds from 504 loans must be used for fixed asset projects such as: purchasing land and improvements, including existing buildings, grading, street improvements, utilities, parking lots and landscaping; construction of new facilities, or modernizing, renovating or converting existing facilities; or purchasing long-term machinery and equipment. The 504 Program cannot be used for working capital or inventory, consolidating or repaying debt, or refinancing. The program is designed to enable small businesses to create and retain jobs; the CDC’s portfolio must create or retain one job for every $35,000 provided by the SBA.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the business generally must be operated for profit and fall within the size standards set by the SBA. Under the 504 Program, the business qualifies as small if it does not have a tangible net worth in excess of $6 million and does not have an average net income in excess of $2 million after taxes for the preceding two years. Loans cannot be made to businesses engaged in speculation or investment in rental real estate.

Funding Information: Typically, a 504 project includes a loan secured with a senior lien from a private-sector lender covering up to 50 percent of the project cost, a loan secured with a junior lien from the CDC (a 100 percent SBA-guaranteed debenture) covering up to 40 percent of the cost, and a contribution of at least 10 percent equity from the small business being helped. The maximum SBA debenture generally is $750,000 (up to $1 million in some cases).

Timelines: Applications accepted year round.

Contact: Int www.sba.gov

Sacramento (916)498-6410 Fresno (209)487-5791

Glendale (818)552-3210 San Diego (619)557-7250

Santa Anna (714)550-7420 San Francisco (415)744-6820




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