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We're dedicated to helping your small business obtain the financing you need with loans ranging from $25,000 to $5 Million in areas including Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

SBAGrow Your Business with an SBA Loan

  • Get up to $5 Million in funding for your small business.
  • Pay your loan back on flexible terms.
  • Get longer repayment terms that work for your business needs.
  • Lower down payments make upfront costs more affordable.
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Our SBA Loan Programs

Midland States Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender that offers various loans for your business, including general small business loans, real estate, and equipment loans. Our Loan Application Portal* is now open for applications of $25,000 to $5 Million in the Business Lending area of IL, MO, IN, WI, IA.


*Online applications for SBA loans are only available for the SBA 7(a) loan program at this time.

SBA 7(a) Loan Papers and a Dollar SignSBA 7(a) Loans

SBA 7(a) loans are typically recommended for businesses who are purchasing real estate and feature:

  • Loans ranging from $25,000 to $5 Million.
  • Funding for short- or long-term working capital, supplies, equipment, or existing business debt refinance.
  • Loan variations including SBA Express loans and SBA Veterans Advantage loans with smaller funding amounts but faster turnaround times and line of credit options.
  • More information on SBA 7(a) loans

Start an SBA 7(a) Loan Application


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SBA 504 loans may be right for you if your business wants to fund fixed assets that promote business growth and job creation.

  • Loans ranging from $300,000 to $5 Million.
  • Funding for fixed assets such as land, new facilities, construction projects, long-term machinery, and equipment.
  • Loan variations available to accommodate unique situations such as Small Manufacturers Financing Program and Green Energy Program.
  • More information on SBA 504 loans

Start an SBA 504 Loan Application

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USDA Rural Development loans are part of a government-backed loan program designed to serve rural communities.

  • Loans extending up to $25 Million.
  • The project for the loan must be located in an eligible rural area within the United States, with a population of 50,000 or less.
  • Funding business and land development for commercial or industrial use, machinery, equipment, inventory, debt refinance to create jobs and cash flow, business acquisition, and more.

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Graphic of IllinoisAdvantage Illinois Loan Program

Advantage Illinois is a participation loan program (PLP) designed with a commitment to support Illinois small businesses equitably by offering enhanced access to capital.

  • Financing with maximum participation being the lesser of 25% of the project, 50% of the loan, and $2 Million.
  • Funding for business purposes including working capital, equipment purchase, inventory, leasehold improvements, accounts receivable, and more.
  • New funds should include supporting new job creation in Illinois.

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  • Lower down payment requirements than traditional business loans help keep more cash on hand for operations.
  • Qualify and conserve cash with longer repayment terms than traditional business loans — 25 years for real estate, 10 years for non-real estate purchases.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of no prepayment penalties for loan terms of less than 15 years allowing for early repayment to suit business needs and cash flow.
  • More relaxed requirements than traditional business loans help you access more favorable terms that you might not get through conventional borrowing.
  • Closing costs can be included in the loan.
  • No balloon notes mean you have certainty in your repayment terms until the loan is paid in full.
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Be small.



Your business should have fewer than 250 to 1,500 employees (depending on industry) and have a maximum of $38.5 Million in annual receipts.

Have equity.



Your business should have some amount of equity, such as cash to invest into the project or inventory, equipment, and other physical assets.


Need the loan.



Whether you're looking for small business loans or startup business loans, your business will need to have a demonstrable need for the loan and will need to show how the funds will be used.

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We Provide SBA Loans for a Variety of Businesses

At Midland States Bank, supporting our communities and small businesses is at the core of who we are. We are proud to offer SBA lending services to a variety of business types, purposes, and industries, including but not limited to: women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, business acquisitions, franchises, manufacturing, healthcare (medical, dental, chiropractic), service companies, self-storage companies, preschools and daycares, carwashes, solar, wind, and renewable energy, established commercial trucking businesses, and auto repair shops.

Frequently Asked Questions

The SBA, or Small Business Administration, was established in 1953 to support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Private lenders, like Midland, offer SBA loans, and the SBA provides a government-backed guarantee on part of the loan.

Unlike conventional term loans, an SBA loan offers business owners the opportunity to take advantage of favorable terms as part of the SBA program while removing some of the barriers to traditional financing options. We customize SBA loans based on the unique needs of the business owner. The funds may be used for a variety of business needs.

An SBA 7a loan will generally have a longer-term and lower interest rates — but they also have stricter requirements for documentation. Midland States Bank provides both SBA loans and business loans, with flexible terms, fixed monthly payments, and fast approval. Midland States Bank services both SBA loans and general business loans.

You can get an SBA 7a loan or an SBA 504 loan through a variety of banks, non-bank lenders, and federally insured credit unions. The loan rates and terms are agreed upon by you and the lender at time of approval, provided they do not exceed SBA maximums, and the loan will be serviced by the bank. When you obtain an SBA loan through Midland States Bank, you benefit from our customer service and support.

The SBA only designates a Preferred Lender Program (PLP) status to certain lenders under very stringent guidelines. Once the lender receives the PLP status, the SBA provides the bank with delegated authority to approve the loan. For borrowers, this means faster turnaround times with a local community focus. Additionally, commitment letters can be processed quickly as it may take non-preferred lenders a lengthier process to vet out the request. Non-preferred lenders must submit their application packages to the SBA for processing approval. This extra step can add several weeks to the overall process.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has designated Midland States Bank as a Preferred Lender. We have the authority to process, close and service most SBA-guaranteed loans without prior review.

The typical benefits of using the SBA loan program include:

  • Lower down payment requirements than traditional business loans, as low as 10%
  • Longer loan terms and corresponding lower monthly payments. Real estate term loans, up to 25 years; non-real estate loans, up to 10 years.
  • No balloon notes as the loans are fully amortized.
  • Loans can be projection-based with more relaxed requirements than traditional business loans.

As defined by the SBA, to be eligible for loan assistance, businesses must:

  • Operate for profit
  • Be considered a small business, as defined by the SBA
  • Be engaged in or propose to do business in the United States
  • Have reasonable invested equity
  • Use alternative financial resources, including personal assets, before seeking financial assistance
  • Be able to demonstrate a need for a loan
  • Use the funds for a sound business purpose
  • Not be delinquent on any existing debt obligations to the U.S. government


Interested applicants are encouraged to contact a member of our SBA Lending team at to discuss a specific scenario or question.

SBA Loans are great for a startup business, franchise purchase, partner buyout, owner-occupied real estate investing, construction, leasehold improvements, equipment and inventory purchase, working capital, debt refinance, or any combination of the above.

SBA Loans are not based on collateral and typically get approved for collateral shortfalls. However, the SBA may require liens on the borrowers primary residence, rental properties, business assets or other available collateral.

For assistance with the various SBA loan types that Midland States Bank offers, contact our SBA Lending team at for personalized information.

SBA loans require an unlimited personal guarantee for any individual owning 20% or more of the business applying for the loan.

If you need a smaller SBA loan, reach out to us at and one of our SBA professionals will connect you with the resources for local SBA microlenders in your area.

There are lending requirements to qualify including credit score criteria. To discuss your specific scenario or concerns, please contact our SBA Lending team at As a reminder, do not include credit sensitive information via email.

Like many small business owners, your business exists as an extension of yourself. However, an SBA loan cannot be used to pay off personal debt, such as credit cards, mortgages, student loans, etc. The lender and the SBA will require certification for use of funds and may require loan proceeds to be sent directly to the receiver to ensure the SBA loan funds are used as intended.

SBA Microloans are some of the more streamlined SBA loans ranging in size from $500 to $50,000. These loans are only available through special designated intermediary lenders, not banks or other traditional SBA lenders. The most streamlined SBA loan product available through traditional lenders is the SBA Express Loan.

There’s no limit to how many times you can apply for an SBA loan. The only limitation on number of loans or applications is for special loan programs, like the Paycheck Protection Program. Additionally, while there is no limit to the number of loans or applications, it is important that you disclose all existing SBA loans and applications at the time of each new application.

The SBA credit scoring tool uses the FICO® Small Business Scoring Service to expedite credit decisions. It draws on multiple data sources and more than 100 combinations of consumer and business analytical models to help streamline the loan approval process. A member of our SBA lending team can answer more specific credit-sensitive questions based on your personal scenario.

Simply put, if the SBA isn’t repaid, taxpayers ultimately share the burden. Credit checks are traditionally a way to spot borrowers who are more likely to default. This is true for both traditional SBA loan programs and SBA disaster loans.

Traditional SBA lenders do not approve businesses or owners with tax liens or judgements.

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