How to get a Small Business Administration (SBA) Sponsored Loan

Part 1 of SCORE Manasota's April Series

The SBA guarantees certain small business loans facilitating getting you the needed funds to purchase a small business or to grow it. Learn who qualifies to apply and receive 7(a) and 504 loans, what the differences are, and where to seek them. (Presented by Mark Dunlop and Anthony DiMauro)

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"The speakers provided candid information about SBA loan programs and processes. It was good to get their perspective."

"Good data for beginners."

"I did not know the details about 7a (except PPP) or 504 loans before this seminar. Great to hear the resources available and requirements to gain these resources."

"The webinar touched base on so many points that are important for business owners to know and also certain venues to take in proration to getting loans or financial help during the crisis."

"Nice source of information, well presented."

"Clear explanations by industry experts."

"Very knowledgable speakers."


Mark Dunlop

Mark Dunlop is a native of West Florida with over 25 years of banking and financial services experience. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bob Jones University. Born and raised in Tampa, he and spent the first 10 years of his banking career in the Tampa Bay market. Mark moved his family to Bradenton in 1997 and spent the next 10 years in Wealth Management and Private Banking and has served as Market President for two banks in Sarasota. Mark joined BankUnited in 2015 focusing primarily on businesses with revenues up to $10 million. He takes great pride in delivering the “white-glove” service for which BankUnited is known. Mark is a great community connector and enjoys helping his clients negotiate every aspect of their business life from financing their first building to helping them develop exit strategies and succession plans with the help of his network of local CPA’s and attorneys.

Anthony DiMauro

Originally from the Northeast, he’s lived in NY, PA and GA & MI before moving to Bradenton in 2005. He moved here when his then employer, Fifth Third Bank, bought 1st National Bank of Florida. He has been in Banking & Finance over 20 years, working in various roles. He previously held Financial Planning licenses, insurance license, was a mortgage broker, but for the past ten years has been mostly focused on small businesses and their financial needs in the Sarasota / Bradenton communities. 2 years ago, Anthony joined FBDC after 10 years as a Banker at Regions Bank. He works and lives in Bradenton with his wife & family. He has an 18 & 21 yr old daughter, and a granddaughter. He is an Army veteran, and has served on numerous local non-profit boards, a graduate of Leadership Manatee, an alumni of SCF, and most recently was the Past President of his Kiwanis club.

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How to get a Small Business Administration (SBA) Sponsored Loan