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Military Personnel and Veteran-owned Small Business Loan Program (MPVSBLP)

​​​​MPVSBLP provides no interest loans of up to $50,000, from one to eight years, for businesses owned by military reservists, veterans, National Guard personnel and for small businesses that employ or are owned by such persons.

Note: New applications for the program will be accepted from January 1, 2018 through February 15, 2018. The submission of an application is not as assurance of approval.

BENEFITS

No interest loans range from $1,000 to $50,000. Loan maturity will be from one to eight years. The loan repayment period usually will not exceed the useful life expectancy of the equipment to be purchased.  

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible applicants include veteran-owned small businesses, businesses owned by military reservists and National Guard members called to active duty, and small businesses, with fewer than 50 employees that employ them.

For reservists or National Guard members called to active duty, Program funds must be used for payment of identifiable costs of the business, including general business expenses, which result from the call to active duty. The loan may be made at any time from the date of the call to active duty through the period ending six months after the end of the individual's active duty.

For service-disabled veterans, businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, and businesses employing service-disabled veterans, the purpose of the Program is to assist with the cost of making the home, motor vehicle, or place of employment of a service-disabled veteran accessible to individuals with disabilities, and to defray other necessary expenses.

APPLY

Visit this page to learn about the availability of funds and the time period to apply. Applications must be submitted to the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce). Commerce will work closely with the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to obtain an eligibility review of each application. Once MDVA determines that an applicant meets basic eligibility rules for the Program, Commerce will initiate a financial review and underwriting.

Commerce will review and process each application using standard commercial credit criteria to determine whether it meets the Program’s financial and other requirements for loan approval. Commerce will recommend approval of financing for the projects deemed to present the best chance of succeeding.

CONTACT

For more information about the program​, eligibility details and how t​o obtain an application contact:

Program Manager, Office of Finance Programs
Maryland Department of Commerce
410-767-6356