Tony O’Reilly celebrates 25 years as President of the Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC).
In this capacity, he manages and develops small business support programs for the City of Savannah and 51 counties in Southeast, Georgia and South Carolina low country. Mr. O’Reilly has held similar positions in the cities of San Diego & Long Beach, California and he was responsible for nationwide small business development initiatives during his time in Washington, D.C.
He specializes in designing innovative economic development lending programs that provide independent business owners access to a wide variety of capital markets. Since 1976, he has been structuring and implementing small business financing programs for both public and private sector lenders. He has testified before the Congressional Small Business Committee on micro business lending practices and has written articles published in national trade journals on the same subject.
The Southeast Region Office of the U. S. Small Business Administration has recognized him as an outstanding “Financial Services Advocate” for small businesses.
SBAC is a Certified Development Company (504/CDC) and a Microloan Intermediary of the Small Business Administration (SBA).It participates in the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) of the Department of Agriculture. SBAC is also a designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) of the Department of Treasury. The organization now offers thirteen (13) different financing programs as alternatives or companions to conventional commercial lending. These programs serve start up businesses and established businesses across all economic and demographic sectors. Depending on the scope of a transaction, loans can range from $2,500 to $5.5 million.
MBA – National University at San Diego, California; BA – California State University at Los Angeles,
Advisory Board Chairman – College of Business Administration Savannah State University
State Advisory Board Member – University of Georgia, Small Business Development Center
Past President of the Rotary Club of Savannah East