Lesson Plan: Acquiring a Business Using SBA 7(a) Loans - Overview

ChatGPT-4o Prompt: After a multipronged conversation with GPT about SBA loans, I asked: Draft up a lesson plan based on this entire conversation on all the things I would need to learn and what places I should go to try to learn them.

Lesson Plan: Acquiring a Business Using SBA 7(a) Loans


To understand the process and requirements for acquiring a business using SBA 7(a) loans and to identify the resources needed to successfully navigate this process.

Week 1: Introduction and Preliminary Research


  • Understand the basics of SBA 7(a) loans.
  • Identify the steps involved in acquiring a business.


  1. Research SBA 7(a) Loans:

    • Read articles and guides on the SBA website about the 7(a) loan program.
    • Watch educational videos on YouTube about SBA loans.
  2. Familiarize with the Business Acquisition Process:

    • Review resources on SCORE.org about buying a business.
    • Read case studies of successful business acquisitions.


  • SBA.gov
  • SCORE.org
  • YouTube (search for SBA 7(a) loan tutorials)

Week 2: Identifying Potential Businesses and Financial Viability


  • Learn how to identify businesses for sale.
  • Understand financial statements and business valuation.


  1. Identifying Businesses:

    • Explore online marketplaces like BizBuySell to find businesses for sale.
    • Network with local business owners and attend business networking events.
  2. Financial Analysis:

    • Take online courses or read guides on understanding financial statements.
    • Learn the basics of business valuation from resources like Investopedia.


  • BizBuySell.com
  • Local business networking events
  • Online courses (Coursera, Udemy)

Week 3: Creating a Business Plan


  • Understand the components of a business plan.
  • Develop a draft business plan for acquiring a business.


  1. Business Plan Creation:

    • Use SCORE’s business plan templates and guides.
    • Attend a SCORE workshop or webinar on business planning.
  2. Drafting Your Plan:

    • Write a draft business plan, focusing on your strategy for running and growing the business you plan to acquire.
    • Seek feedback from a SCORE mentor.


  • SCORE.org (business plan templates and workshops)
  • Local SCORE chapter for mentoring

Week 4: Securing Financing


  • Learn how to approach lenders and secure SBA 7(a) loan financing.
  • Understand the documentation required for loan applications.


  1. Approaching Lenders:

    • Identify local banks and credit unions that offer SBA 7(a) loans.
    • Learn how to present your business plan and financials to lenders.
  2. Loan Documentation:

    • Gather necessary documentation such as personal financial statements, tax returns, and business financials.
    • Attend a webinar or workshop on SBA loan applications.


  • Local banks and credit unions
  • SBA.gov (loan application guides)
  • SCORE workshops

Week 5: Negotiating and Closing the Deal


  • Understand the negotiation process for acquiring a business.
  • Learn the legal and financial steps to finalize the purchase.


  1. Negotiation Techniques:

    • Read books or take online courses on negotiation.
    • Role-play negotiation scenarios with a mentor or peer.
  2. Closing the Deal:

    • Consult with a business attorney to understand legal requirements.
    • Prepare for the closing process by reviewing checklists and guides.


  • Books on negotiation (e.g., "Getting to Yes" by Fisher and Ury)
  • Online courses (Coursera, Udemy)
  • Local business attorney

Week 6: Transition and Management


  • Plan for a smooth transition of business ownership.
  • Develop management skills for running the acquired business.


  1. Transition Planning:

    • Create a transition plan detailing how you will take over operations.
    • Communicate with employees, customers, and suppliers about the change in ownership.
  2. Management Skills:

    • Take courses on small business management.
    • Join local business groups or networks for ongoing support.


  • Online courses (Coursera, Udemy)
  • Local business groups (Chamber of Commerce)

Ongoing: Mentorship and Continuous Learning


  • Maintain ongoing support and learning through mentorship.
  • Continuously improve business management skills.


  1. Mentorship:

    • Regularly meet with a SCORE mentor for advice and support.
    • Join a mastermind group or business support group.
  2. Continuous Learning:

    • Stay updated with the latest business trends and best practices.
    • Attend workshops, webinars, and conferences.


  • SCORE.org (mentorship)
  • Local business support groups
  • Industry conferences and workshops

Shalom שָׁלוֹם: Live Long and Prosper!
Darrell Wolfe
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