Helping Small Businesses Grow, Expand and Create Jobs in SC

The SSBCI Loan Participation Program enables small businesses in South Carolina to obtain short to long-term financing to help businesses grow and expand, ultimately creating and retaining jobs in South Carolina. By partnering with financial institutions, this program provides small business loans at attractive terms while reducing the risk for the lender.

SSBCI Loan Participation Program Benefits

$50,000 – $1,000,000

Apply At Your Bank

5% Down Payment
Easy Application Process
Fast Turnaround


Owner Occupied Real Estate
Manufacturing Equipment

SSBCI Loan Participation Program Overview

Qualifying BorrowersProgram is designed to target for-profit businesses with 500 or fewer employees and whose loan request is $5 million or less on average. Borrowers that have more than 750 employees, and loans that exceed a principal amount of $20,000,000, are not eligible.
Borrower Equity RequirementMinimum of 5%
Minimum BDC Participation Amount$50,000
Maximum BDC Participation Amount$1,000,000
Maximum Participation PercentageThe majority of loans will fall in the 10%-25% range, although an amount of up to 49% is allowable.
Eligible Loan PurposesTerm loans, in which proceeds must be used for an eligible business purpose, including but not limited to the purchase of owner-occupied (non-passive) real estate, and equipment. Short-term loans for construction, interim or bridge financing.
Ineligible Loan PurposesPassive real estate investment, speculative activities, repayment of delinquent taxes, purchase ownership interest in a business, gambling, pyramid sales, payment of dividend or other distribution, and activities prohibited by Federal or State law.
Maximum Loan TermUp to 25-year amortizations.
Interest Rate/FeesRates are determined by the bank lender, subject to BDC concurrence. Any fees charged by the bank lender (application, origination, documentation, construction, other) will be shared with BDC on a pro rata basis. No other program fees will be charged to the borrower.
Personal GuarantyAll owners of 20% or more of the business must provide a personal guaranty.

“Access to capital has empowered small businesses across our state to open, expand and to put more people to work. These critical funds have provided a powerful reason for banks to lend to stimulate job creation in South Carolina.”
– Harry Huntley, Executive Director, SCJEDA

SSBCI Loans are Available Through Your Bank

All SC SSBCI Loan Participation Program loan applications must be originated through a participating bank, which allows for a quick response to a loan request with flexible, local loan decisions. Contact your bank today to get started.

Participating Banks in South Carolina:

  • Ameris Bank
  • Bank of Clarendon
  • Bank of Greeleyville
  • Bank of Travelers Rest
  • Beacon Community Bank
  • Carolina Bank
  • Coastal Carolina National Bank
  • Coastal States Bank
  • Countybank
  • Dedicated Community Bank
  • Enterprise Bank of SC
  • First Bank
  • First Citizens Bank
  • First Community Bank
  • First Horizon
  • First National Bank of SC
  • First Palmetto Bank
  • First Reliance Bank
  • Home Trust Bank
  • Mutual Savings Bank
  • Oconee Federal
  • Palmetto State Bank
  • Security Federal Bank
  • ServisFirst Bank
  • South Atlantic Bank
  • SouthState Bank
  • Southern First
  • Synovus Bank
  • The Citizens Bank
  • The Peoples Bank
  • United Bank
  • United Community Bank

For more information about the SSBCI program, contact BDC at or call (803) 798-4064 or contact JEDA at or call (803) 737-0268.