SBA 7(a) Loans for Franchises

Franchise lending for small business owners

Experience Ready Capital’s commitment to franchise business owners and investors. We close SBA 7(a) deals that major banks can’t, working with a range of credit scores and financing challenges.

Starting or buying a franchise gives entrepreneurs a jump start in owning a business.

With lenders tightening credit and pausing certain transactions, SBA 7(a) loans are a viable option for new and existing franchises. And they offer higher allowable leverage and wider parameters than a typical conventional loan — a good fit to grow and expand franchise portfolios.

Franchise financing highlights

*These loans are made pursuant to the SBA 7(a) Small Balance and Express programs. Loan terms vary by loan program, borrower eligibility, loan amount, and other factors.

Franchise loan purposes


From 2013-2019, the franchise industry grew $571B to $787.5B—an average growth rate per year of 5.2%. Franchise employment grew from 6.96MM employed in 2013 to over 8.43MM employed in 2019.

Source: Vetted Biz, Franchise and Small Business Statistics.


Have a question about Franchise SBA 7(a) Loans?


Answer: Franchise lending is a type of financing specifically designed for individuals or entities looking to buy and operate a franchise. It involves loans to cover the costs associated with starting and running a franchise business.

Answer: There are several franchise business lending options, including traditional bank loans, SBA 7(a) loans, franchise-specific loans, equipment financing, and lines of credit. The choice of financing depends on the franchisee’s needs and financial situation.

Answer: An SBA loan is a type of loan backed by the Small Business Administration that helps small businesses, including franchises, get the financing they need.

The benefits of SBA loans for franchises include:

  • Lower down payments (typically 10%)
  • Longer repayment terms (up to 25 years)
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Flexible use of funds
  • Access to expert guidance and resources from the SBA

Learn more about how SBA loans work.

Answer: Franchise financing can typically be used to cover startup costs, business acquisitions and expansions, equipment, renovations and rebranding, and working capital. It can also be used to purchase existing franchise locations.

Answer: While prior business experience can be beneficial, it’s not always a strict requirement.

Answer: SBA loan requirements can vary, but in general, lenders consider these factors:

  • Personal and business financial statements
  • A comprehensive business plan
  • Financial projections
  • Franchise brand’s track record
  • Franchise agreement and documentation
  • Resumes of key team members
  • Personal credit history and scores
  • Collateral


Answer: Collateral requirements vary from lender to lender. Common types of collateral may include personal assets like real estate, equipment, or business assets. The specific collateral requirements will be outlined in the loan agreement.

Answer: The approval timeline can vary but typically takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Delays may occur if additional documentation or information is required, so it’s essential to start the application process early.

Answer: When exploring franchise lenders, consider their experience, available financing options, and their track record of successful franchise lending.

SBA Preferred Lenders are experienced in aligning borrowers with their business goals and guiding them through the SBA application process.

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