A bill to amend the Small Business Act to provide for expanded participation in the microloan program, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Microloan Modernization Act of 2017

This bill amends the Small Business Act to repeal the "25/75" rule under the
Small Business Administration (SBA) Microloan Program (assisting low-income
individuals to start and operate a small business) that permits SBA-designated
microloan intermediary lenders to expend up to 25% of the intensive marketing,
management, and technical assistance grant funds they receive from the SBA to
provide information and technical assistance to small business concerns that are
their prospective borrowers.

The total amount of loans outstanding and committed to any particular
intermediary (excluding outstanding grants) from the SBA business loan and
investment fund shall be increased from $5 million to $6 million for the
remaining years of the intermediary's participation in the program. 

The SBA shall:

 * compare the operations of a representative sample of eligible intermediaries
   that participate in the microloan program and of eligible intermediaries that
   do not,
 * study the reasons why the latter do not participate,
 * recommend how to encourage increased participation by intermediaries in the
   microloan program, and 
 * recommend how to decrease the associated costs for intermediary

The Government Accountability Office shall evaluate:

 *  SBA oversight of the microloan program, including oversight of participating
   intermediaries; and
 * the specific processes the SBA uses to ensure program compliance by
   participating intermediaries and overall microloan program performance.



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

    Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Mar 2nd, 2017