Understanding MN Policy Changes in the Small Business Association

by | Sep 15, 2023 | CRE Education, Investment

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The Small Business Association (SBA) has made amendments to various policies and programs to cater to the evolving needs of small businesses in Minnesota. The Minnesota government has implemented a series of policy changes that came into effect in July 2023, aiming to revolutionize small businesses’ operations in the state. These changes will have a profound impact across multiple aspects of running a small business in Minnesota. As a CFO, CEO, or investor, staying informed about these changes is crucial to comprehend their effects on the small business landscape.
In this blog post, we will explore the policy changes and illustrate their impact on small business owners through examples and insights. By delving deeper into these changes, we can better comprehend how they will shape the future of small businesses.

SBA Enhanced Financial Assistance Programs

One of the most notable changes in the SBA is the enhancement of its financial assistance programs. The government has implemented policies that simplify the process of accessing loans, grants, and other financing options for small businesses. These measures aim to assist businesses in better financial planning and stimulate economic growth in the state. Small business owners can now look forward to a more streamlined and accessible financing system. With increased financial support available, entrepreneurs can further invest in the long-term growth of their ventures, propelling their businesses to new heights.

For instance, Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) have proven to be a lifeline for small businesses during emergencies. With the recent policy change, small businesses now have access to an emergency grant of up to $10,000, which can be availed within just three days of a successful application.

SBA Streamlined Regulations

Recognizing the hurdles faced by small businesses, the Minnesota government is actively working to streamline regulations, making it easier for them to operate. Small business owners have long expressed their concerns about the bureaucratic red tape in the state, and the government has taken note. Starting July 2023, businesses will be able to reduce their administrative burden and regulatory requirements, allowing them to focus more on their core operations. This change will have a significant impact on overall business operating costs, granting businesses ample time and resources to concentrate on what they do best.

To give an example, by simplifying licensing procedures and minimizing paperwork, small businesses can allocate their resources to innovate and scale their operations. Removing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles paves the way for increased efficiency and growth opportunities.

SBA Increase in Incentives and Rewards

The Minnesota government has incentivized small business owners in many ways; however, they are taking it up a notch with the new policy changes. The chosen small business associations in the state can expect increased incentives and rewards. These incentives and rewards could be in the form of tax reductions, waivers, and other benefits. This policy change will create a more favorable business environment in the state and encourage entrepreneurs to start new businesses, which considering the current economic climate, is a much-needed thing.

The SBA’s microloan program provides funding to small businesses by lending small amounts of money to qualified businesses for their growth and success. With the new policy change, the program’s funds have increased from $1.25 billion to $1.5 billion, which means more small businesses can take advantage of this program.

Removed Fees and Simplified Loan Processes

Small business owners often face difficulties when applying for loans due to complicated processes and high fees. The SBA will waive fees for loans up to $150,000 taken by small businesses from its 7(a) program. The program offers loans to small businesses which allow them to succeed and grow. In addition, the SBA has simplified the application process, which means it will take less time and paperwork to apply.

For the 7(a) program, SBA Form 1920 Lender’s Loan Application for Guaranty is no longer required as of August 1, 2023, as lenders will submit the terms and conditions with their request electronically in ETRAN.

SBA Expansion of Programs and Surety Bond Funding

The SBA’s STEP program helps small businesses to explore and expand their outreach in international markets. The renewed policy will expand the program’s reach by adding more states to the list of eligible states for the program, increasing the total number of grant recipients, and helping businesses establish more sales channels to increase international trade.

A surety bond is a bond that helps small businesses protect themselves against risks by ensuring payment to a third party. The SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee program helps small businesses to obtain such bonds. The July 2023 policy change has expanded eligibility criteria, raised the bond guarantee limit, increased funding limits, and made the application process easier for small business owners.


Minnesota Policy Changes in the Small Business Association have set the stage for a promising future for small businesses operating in the state. Through enhanced financial assistance programs and streamlined regulations, entrepreneurs can navigate the business landscape more effectively, while pursuing long-term growth and success. It is vital for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners alike to be aware of these upcoming developments and utilize them to propel their businesses forward. 


For more information, give us a call, or check out the following websites: 

cls@sba.gov, for login and other technical questions for 7(a) and 504 loan programs

7aQuestions@sba.gov, for 7(a) loan program operational questions

504Questions@sba.gov, for 504 loan program operational questions

SOP5010@sba.gov, for policy questions for 7(a) and 504 loan programs

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