The Small Business Administration, which last year alone guaranteed some $6 Billion in loans to franchisees, is reviewing their current franchise eligibility procedures with an eye on improving the process. The SBA Loan Guarantee program has been criticized by some members of Congress who do not believe the government should be in the business of guaranteeing loans to private interests. The SBA had invited suggestions and comments on simplifying their review process for franchisee applications and a host of pro-business organizations submitted comments suggesting that they improve the process. At the same time however, the SBA is being pushed to tighten up their franchise loans as it has been reported that they paid out some $1.5 billion on 28 percent of the franchise loans made over the 10 year period from 2003 to 2012. The comment period closed this week and we can only hope that the NLRB didn’t take the opportunity to put in their 2 cents!