The Utah Small Business Credit Initiative (USBCI) is a new federal loan program. It includes $69 million in funding to expand access to capital for small businesses in Utah, especially for underserved communities.
USBCI helps expand access to capital for small businesses emerging from the pandemic, create high-paying jobs, and build ecosystems of opportunity and entrepreneurship in Utah. We anticipate the program will stimulate up to $690 million of private investment in Utah's small businesses.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 authorized and funded this initiative. The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity works closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to administer this initiative.
How does the Utah Small Business Credit Initiative work?
The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity partners with financial institutions to provide small businesses with loans. Learn more about USBCI through the portals below:
- Lenders: Click “USBCI for Lenders” if you represent a bank, credit union, revolving loan fund, Community Development Financial Institution, or non-profit lender interested in participating in the USBCI.
- Small businesses: Click “USBCI for Small Businesses” if you are a small business looking to apply for a loan.
- Community partners: Click “USBCI for Community Partners” if you would like to spread the word to your community or register as a USBCI impact partner.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the USBCI program design and impact.
"Utah is the most pro-small business state in the country"
“Small businesses in Utah will soon have the opportunity to access capital through the state’s new State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program,” writes Heather Beer for Utah Business magazine.
Utah ranked the nation’s best economy and No. 3 Best State overall
U.S. News & World Report — July 2022
Utah ranked No. 1 for the 15th year in a row
Rich States Poor States — April 2022
Equitable Access to Capital
The USBCI program will expand access to capital for Utah business owners in underserved communities, with a target of 29% of program funds allocated to businesses owned by women and culturally, economically, and geographically diverse entrepreneurs.
USBCI partners with Utah’s 1,000 New Women-Owned Businesses initiative to inspire women and those who identify as women to launch new businesses and apply for capital.
As part of the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative, the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity works closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to administer this initiative. For more information, visit the U.S. Treasury Department webpages, including: