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SBA Loans You Can and Can't Get During a Government Shutdown, in Two Lists

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington
The U.S. Capitol building in WashingtonPhotograph by Michael Reynolds/EPA via Corbis

Whether you choose to heed the words lawmakers are speaking, or search for more subtle hints, the first federal government shutdown in 17 years is looking increasingly likely. That means furloughing about 800,000 government workers and suspending funding for a wide array of services, including contracts that government agencies award to small business owners.

It also means financing for small businesses could be significantly impaired. The Small Business Administration, which guarantees tens of billions in loans for tens of thousands of entrepreneurs annually, could be forced to furlough about 62 percent of its 3,500 workers if the shutdown happens, according to a document posted (PDF) on the agency’s website dated to Friday.