New Growth Expands Lending with SBA Backing

Patty Cantrell
August 1, 2023


Financing is now available for small businesses in 13 west central Missouri counties and two adjacent Kansas counties that are too new, too small, or too credit challenged for traditional bank loans. Nonprofit New Growth Capital serves this rural region and has become an approved microlending intermediary with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA backing will allow New Growth Capital to increase microlending in the region.

SBA microloans through New Growth Capital range from $1,000 to $50,000 and can be used by existing and aspiring business owners for working capital, including furniture, fixtures, supplies, materials, and equipment. Interest rates are 10.25% for loans less than $10,000 and 9.5% for loans $10,000 to $50,000. Loans terms are one year to seven years with no pre-payment penalty.

Amanda Hail of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, was in 2021 the first rural business to receive a microloan from New Growth Capital. She has established and grown her Simply Be Day Spa with the initial financing.

New Growth Capital microloans are local and flexible. A loan committee of community members makes New Growth Capital loan decisions. With no minimum credit score required, the loan committee uses an evaluation process that accounts for other creditworthiness factors, such as consistent on-time payment of utility and other bills, which credit bureaus do not track. Collateral is expected but also flexible, with none required for loans less than $3,000.


“Microlending is the art and science of getting small businesses going and growing so they can qualify for traditional financing down the road on their entrepreneurship journey,” said Sheridan Garman-Neeman, New Growth Capital’s Chief Community Wealth Building Officer. Banks typically require a two-year financial and operational track record before making business loans.

Michael Barrera, District Director of the SBA Kansas City District Office said: “We are pleased to partner with New Growth in providing much needed capital to women and rural entrepreneurs. In addition to capital, New Growth and the SBA’s Kansas City District will continue to provide other entrepreneurial counseling resources to help these aspiring entrepreneurs achieve the American Dream of owning a successful small business.”

Wraparound business support is part of New Growth Capital’s approach to successful microlending. Borrowers are required to complete business development training and/or work with a business counselor to address issues. New Growth Capital provides free business training and counseling to rural men and women through its 15-county New Growth Women’s Business Center and in partnership with other resources, such as the Missouri Small Business Development Center.

Since starting its microlending program in 2021, New Growth Capital has put $700,000 into rural small business development through a total of 90 microloans. Additional capital from SBA will allow New Growth to make more loans in a rural region that lacks this resource.


Applicants must have an existing business or one in development; sufficient business plan information, including expenses and revenue projections; current and documented personal income and/or business revenue; an open bank account in good standing; and two professional references.

The first step for potential microloan applicants is to schedule a one-on-one session to discuss the business or business idea and the applicant’s loan readiness. Contact New Growth Capital at its New Growth Women’s Business Center to get started.


One of the most critical times in the life of a small business is when it is yet too new, too small, too unusual or too credit challenged for a traditional bank loan. This is where New Growth Capital is ready to assist because micro entrepreneurs are an integral part of the rural economy. New Growth Capital seeks to ensure rural communities thrive through the facilitation of small business creation and growth.


New Growth Capital serves 13 Missouri counties (Barton, Bates, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, Polk, St. Clair, and Vernon) and two Kansas counties (Bourbon and Crawford).

[COVER PHOTO] Beauty Mark Mobile Salon owners close their microloan with New Growth Capital.