About Us


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans provide long-term, fixed-rate financing options for real estate and equipment needs.  Business Lending Partners (BLP) specializes in processing and servicing these loans throughout the State of Wisconsin, as well as, various community loan programs.  BLP is a private non-profit organization, licensed by the SBA as a Certified Development Company (CDC) to do SBA 504 lending. We are the only CDC headquartered in Southeast Wisconsin and have been in business since 1983.


Committees, Boards, and Members

Business Lending Partners is a division of RCEDC, a non-profit organization that is run by a Board of Directors with a Loan Committee that makes loan recommendations to the Board.  Its members support the organization.  Follow this link to view our Board listing, Loan Committee members, and other contributing Members.


Our Mission

To finance the growth and development of businesses throughout the State of Wisconsin by helping them access the SBA 504 loan program and other resources using our expertise, knowledge, and partnerships.    


What We Do

BLP is committed to business growth and community development by providing alternative financing options for: 

  • Land and Building purchases and/or renovations
  • Building construction
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • Furniture & Fixtures
  • Leasehold Improvements
  • Inventory
  • Working Capital
  • Environmental remediation
  • Limited Refinancing with expansion project    

                     


Staff Information 

Carolyn Engel
Business Finance Manager

262-898-7420
carolyn@blp504.org

Carolyn Engel is Business Lending Partners' Business Finance Manager and has been with the organization for over 20 years. Engel oversees business operations, marketing the various loan programs, screening applicants for eligibility and loan processing.

Engel brings experience in all areas of finance operations, including loan servicing, closings and reporting functions to various governmental agencies. Engel holds a degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Before Business Lending Partners she worked for Fleet Mortgage Corporation in a management position of its Customer Service/Escrow Department.

 

Janell Topczewski
Compliance/Closing Specialist

262-898-7520

janell@blp504.org

Janell Topczewski is Business Lending Partners' Compliance/Closing Specialist. Topczewski maintains the compliance standards for the BLP loan portfolio which include reporting to various governmental agencies. Also, she works with borrowers through the closing and funding of their loans. Topczewski has been with Business Lending Partners since 2011 and holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business Management - Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  

 

Thomas Van Gent
Credit Analyst

262-898-7434

thomas@blp504.org

Thomas Van Gent is RCEDC's Credit Analyst. Thomas maintains and services the business loan portfolio of Business Lending Partners. He also assists in conducting credit analyses on loan servicing requests and loan applications.Thomas holds a B.S. in Business Management - Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

 

                                                                       

SBA 504

June 2017

20-Year Fixed Rate:

4.596%

10-Year Fixed Rate:

4.514%

Historical Rate Graph