About this Database

Database of information about loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration under its main lending program, known as 7a.

The SBA's 7a program provides loans to small business owners who can't obtain financing through traditional channels. The program operates through private-sector lenders who provide loans that are, in turn, guaranteed by the SBA. The SBA7a program itself has no funds for direct lending or grants.

The data contain information on the business getting the loan including address and industry code, the bank lending the money, the amount loaned, the interest rate, and (where applicable) whether the loan was paid in full or charged off.

The data, which runs from the 1950s to September 2013, in .dbf format (which can be opened by most database applications), was obtained from Investigative Reporters and Editors under its National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting program.