USDA B&I Loans

USDA Business & Industry Loan Program

From North Avenue Capital

This loan program empowers entrepreneurs and entities of all sizes with loans from $2 million to $25 million, so long as they operate in communities of 50,000 or fewer.

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Flexible Lending Options

for Your Rural Business

The business owners we serve are often surprised to hear that the USDA supports more than agriculture alone. In fact, the USDA Business & Industry Loan Program has nothing to do with agriculture at all.

The USDA B&I Loan Program empowers entrepreneurs and entities of all sizes with loans of up to $25 million, so long as they operate in communities of 50,000 or fewer.


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We’re proud to serve all types of customers.


Food Production



Sports & Recreation


Winery & Vineyard

Retail & Restaurant

Commercial Real Estate

Timber & Lumber


Our customers use the funds from our loan programs for many different projects, such as:

Equipment Purchase
Ground-Up Construction
Modernization & Development
Real Estate Purchase
Working Capital

Defining Rural:

97% of America

Many of our clients are often pleasantly surprised to learn that our lending services are exclusively dedicated to rural America—a revelation that becomes even more intriguing when they realize their own business or entity falls within this category.

Astonishingly, 97% of the U.S. landmass is classified as rural, suggesting a vast array of opportunities for businesses and organizations operating in these areas.

If you’re curious about your eligibility for USDA loans, you can quickly check if your address qualifies, thus potentially unlocking financial support and growth opportunities for rural American communities.

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USDA B&I Loan is one of many names you will hear brokers, financial subsidiaries, and owners use in the industry. USDA B&I stands for USDA Business & Industry Loan. It is one of the five loans under the USDA Rural Development Program umbrella. USDA B&I Loans from North Avenue Capital start at $2 million and have a dynamic maximum of $25 million. More ways you will see USDA B&I Loans said in the market is simply a USDA Business Loan or a USDA Commercial Loan. The USDA Rural Development Program is the sister program of the Small Business Loan Program or SBA Loan Program.
  • Hotels/RV parks
  • Family entertainment centers to include movie theaters, bowling alleys, go-kart tracks, waterparks, amusement parks
  • Oil and gas – gas station or gas refinement, etc. (no exploratory efforts)
  • Waste removal services and landfills
  • Commercial real estate properties (owner-occupied or tenant-occupied)
  • Wineries, vineyards, distilleries
  • Bars, restaurants
  • Dentists, healthcare
  • Hydroponic farms
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Industrial facilities
  • Grocery Stores
  • Textile manufacturing
  • Event venue/wedding venues
  • Landscaping, nurseries
  • Timber/lumber yards
  • Fabrication companies
  • Bio testing facilities/labs
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • And more

The USDA defines ‘rural’ by the 2020 Census, meaning a lot of areas that are in question, actually could be considered ‘rural.’ Did you know that 97% of America’s landmass is considered ‘rural’ by this definition? Check out our Map online! 

North Avenue Capital (NAC) finances projects of $2 million and higher. Our average loan size as of 2022, is $13 million. 

Yes! We fully fund the loan from start to finish and service the loan for the life of the loan. 

Yes! NAC can lend for refinancing, acquisition, start-up businesses, new construction loans, etc. We also can add working capital to a refinance, if applicable. 

Reach out! The sooner the better. Reach out via online chat, over the phone directly, or send an email to [email protected]

Contact a Loan Specialist Today

Whether you have a project that needs funding, you are a broker with a few deals on your desk, or you are trying to learn more about the USDA Business & Industry Loan Program from NAC, our Loan Specialists are here to help. Fill out the form below and we will get back to you promptly.

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*Be advised, we do not fund USDA Business Loans under $2 million.