Top Louisiana SBA Lenders | SBA Loans in LA

Last annual update: May 8, 2023


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A bunch of Louisiana-based banks were among the largest lenders to “The Pelican State” businesses through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 7(a) program. Whether your business is a restaurant, auto repair, medical practice, funeral home, veterinary or hotel, your mission is to exceed your customer expectations. So, if you’re ready to step up your business to the next level, here are the top SBA Lenders in Louisiana:

Top SBA lenders in Louisiana

LA RankLouisiana BankBank HQs# of LoansAvg InterestAvg LA Loan
1American BankCovington, LA337.1%$694,906
2b1BankBaton Rouge, LA237.7%$512,409
3Gulf Coast BankAbbeville, LA176.4%$818,335
4Newtek Small Business FinanceLake Success, NY137.9%$718,462
5Hancock Whitney BankGulfport, MS126.7%$506,000
6Readycap Lending, LLCBerkeley Heights, NJ116.9%$1,624,918
7Fidelity BankMandeville, LA96.2%$299,356
8Peoples BankMendenhall, MS95.9%$3,519,000


SBA loans – Louisiana

A note about these Louisiana SBA lenders – People frequently ask us if one of the banks above is 1) on the Louisiana preferred lender list 2) an approved lender in Louisiana, or 3) participating in the Louisiana SBA Express lending program. All these questions revolve around whether a given SBA bank makes small business SBA loans in Louisiana and can they process SBA loans quickly. The answer is yes, of course. These are not the small banks that only make a few SBA loans a year and do not understand the SBA 7(a) loan program. These are the banks that have made the most SBA loans in Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.

We analyze thousands of SBA loans each year and rank lenders based on recent activity. We would be remiss if we did not mention that although many banks will only lend in certain geographies, there are a handful of extremely aggressive nationwide SBA lenders who will lend anywhere. These lenders understand the SBA program as well as anyone and move very quickly, so we recommend not limiting your search to your home state. If you utilize our lender match tool, we can find you suitable SBA banks based on your geography, industry, and company and size at no cost or obligation to you to save you valuable time.

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