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If you and your small business utilize the services of the Small Business Administration, then you will want to follow President Obama’s budget proposals. The President’s 2012 budget proposal asks for $985 million for the SBA, a 45% reduction from last year’s budget, reports The Wall Street Journal.

It’s not all bad news for business owners, though. Some of the savings, an estimated $20 million in fact, should come from the SBA’s efforts to streamline loan applications, re-engineering certification processes and generally making loan-management and accounting systems more efficient.

It should be said, too, that the 45% reduction is not so much a cut as the repeal of some of the spending authorized by the Recovery Act and the Small Business Jobs Act, which gave the SBA a budget bump of $963 million. Had those supplemental appropriations not existed, the proposed 2012 SBA budget would actually be 20% more instead of 45% less than 2010.

While the cuts will eliminate some useful programs and will cut support for Small Business Development Centers, streamlining the loan application process would be a welcome relief for business owners and bank lenders alike.


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