Hearing the cries of credit unions frustrated with what some sayis the cumbersome process to become an SBA lender, the agency setout to streamline the procedure in August 2008.

That summer, the SBA moved the procedure from its Washingtonheadquarters to its district offices in all 50 states and PuertoRico. The goal was to shrink the processing time from beginning toend, said David Donner Chait, policy associate with the SBA'sOffice of the Administrator.

“As a result our district offices have been successful insigning up new lenders. More than 100 [lenders] a month are comingon board or coming back to SBA after not making loans in the lastthree years,” Chait said.

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