Small Business Lending Index (SBLI)

The Small Business Lending Index (SBLI) measure the volume of small business loans issued over the past 30 days and are based on the most recent data from the largest commercial and industrial lenders in PayNet's U.S. database, including both loans and leases. 


  • Provide early signals of future economic growth, demand for capital, and business fixed investment across multiple sectors of the economy.
  • Serve as an early signal of changes in GDP.
  • Provide lenders a snapshot of the future so they can adjust their approval criteria as needed.

About SBLI

Because small businesses generally respond to changes in economic conditions more rapidly than larger businesses do, the Small Business Lending Index serves as a leading indicator of macroeconomic and industry trends. The index is published monthly as follows:

  • PRELIMINARY —current month data reflecting most recent small business lending activity released
  • REVISED — data for the month preceding Preliminary release
  • FINAL — data for the month preceding Revised release

The Small Business Lending Index (SBLI) is segmented into 988 indices at the national, state, and industry levels which are formulated on a rolling 12-month basis due to the volatility of smaller sample sizes.

See how our customers use the Small Business Lending Index for better risk management.

To track the SBLI on an ongoing basis, we encourage you to regularly visit the Risk Insight Suite®.