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  ( Title 6.7 added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 94, Sec. 1. )


  ( Heading of Division 1 amended (as added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 94) by Stats. 1994, Ch. 749, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 6. Small Business Financial Assistance Act of 2013 [63088 - 63089.98]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 537, Sec. 4. )

ARTICLE 3. Purpose [63088.5 - 63088.6]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 537, Sec. 4. )


(a) There is within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, which shall, among other things, administer the California Small Business Finance Center that administers programs to assist businesses seeking new capital resources, including, but not limited to, the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.

(b) The bank board may continue programs funded by the Small Business Expansion Fund or establish one or more programs administered by the bank directly, in conjunction with financial companies or financial institutions, in direct or indirect participation with special purpose entities established for small business finance, or under contract with small business financial development corporations. The bank board may establish any and all programs pursuant to this chapter or Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 14000) of Part 5 of Division 3 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code that it determines are necessary or desirable to directly or indirectly assist small businesses obtain capital. Programs established pursuant to this chapter or Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 14000) of Part 5 of Division 3 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code may include the following types of financial products:

(1) Loan guarantees and other credit enhancements.

(2) Direct loans and other debt instruments.

(3) Disaster loan guarantees.

(4) Surety bond guarantees.

(c) In all of their state-funded programs, the corporations shall, to the extent practicable, be complementary to, and not competitive with, commercial lenders and other state and federal programs.

(d) In carrying out this chapter the program manager, the executive director, and the bank board may call on the California Small Business Board for advice and recommendations. All actions by the California Small Business Board are advisory.

(e) The California Small Business Board may also advise the Governor and the Small Business Advocate regarding issues and programs affecting California’s small business community, including, but not limited to, business innovation and expansion, export finance, state procurement, management and technical assistance, venture capital, and financial assistance.

(Amended by Stats. 2020, Ch. 10, Sec. 4. (AB 78) Effective June 29, 2020.)


To implement its responsibilities, a corporation shall undertake program activities that shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) Outreach to low-resource small businesses and microbusinesses. The corporations located in rural areas shall give priority to low-resource farmers and rural and agriculturally related businesses.

(b) Collaboration with other organizations and lenders to identify and assist those businesses that are creditworthy but face impediments to accessing conventional sources because of reasons, such as low equity, inadequate collateral, unacceptable legal structure (such as a co-op or nonprofit organization), management inadequacies, and language problems.

(c) To the extent possible, bringing all possible financial resources to bear on the borrower’s problems, including, but not limited to, low-interest lenders, business and industrial development corporations (BIDCOs), minority enterprise small business investment companies (MESBICs), and other financial institutions, financial companies, and grantors.

(d) Technical assistance to businesses receiving loans or guarantees that will maximize the probability of loan repayment.

(e) Ongoing strategies for increasing program resources through private sector involvement and nonstate funds.

(f) A program for collecting and liquidating defaulted loans so that the corporations can qualify to become full-service lenders under the Small Business Administration. Corporations located in rural areas shall, in addition, try to qualify for lender status under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development and Farm Services Agency.

(g) Become an agent for other financial institutions and financial companies.

(h) Become an agent for other state or federal governmental agencies that need a qualified financial service provider, including, but not limited to, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 537, Sec. 4. (AB 1247) Effective October 4, 2013.)

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