What do Subway, Sport Clips and Super 8 all have in common? Dozens of their franchisees have benefited from U.S. Small Business Administration loans in the past year. For decades, SBA and the franchising community have partnered to help Americans buy, build and grow their small-business franchises. In the past few years alone, SBA loan programs have helped to put billions of dollars in their hardworking hands. Today, about 12 percent of the agency's active loan portfolio supports franchise small businesses through our top two loan programs, which are called 7(a) and 504.