Perhaps its other programs have been overshadowed by the popularity of the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program, but the Small Business Administration is now offering an expanded menu of help for small businesses. When Congress approved an additional $284 billion for PPP loans in December, it also expanded the benefits of the SBAs traditional 7(a), 504 and microloan programs as well. As a result, small business owners have opportunities to save thousands of dollars in fees and get months’ worth of loan payments made under a broad supercharged set of SBA loans. Businesses that are interested in buying a competitor, purchasing a new franchise, buying a building, purchasing equipment or starting another business from scratch have options that make the pre-pandemic conventional SBA loans more attractive than ever, and could possibly save tens of thousands of dollars. The Association of Womens Business Centers and Americas Small Business Development Centers have created a small business resource website ( to help small business owners navigate the variety of programs offered through the SBA or elsewhere during the pandemic. Check it out at