On Thursday, December 17th, the Senate passed 2 bills that would significantly help small business owners in financing. The bill is S. 2869, the “Small Business Job Creation and Access to Capital Act of 2009.”

Some highlights the Small Business Job Creation Act:
• Increase the loan limit on 7(a) loans from $2 million to $5 million.

• Increase the loan limit on 504 loans from $1.5 million to $5.5 million.

• Allow the 504 loan program to refinance short-term commercial real estate debt into, long-term, fixed rate loans.

• Extend the authorization to provide 90 percent guarantees on 7(a) loans and fee elimination for borrowers on 7(a) and 504 loans through December 31, 2010.

• Increases the maximum guarantee on 7-A loans to $4.5 million.

• Changes the eligibility criteria to (a) a tangible net worth not to exceed $15 million and (b) the average net income after Federal Taxes over the past two full fiscal years is not more than $5,000,000.

Source: PR Newswire

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