U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Dec 07, 2023
The Rural Business Investment Company (“RBIC”) Program is a Developmental Capital program for the purpose of promoting economic development and the creation of wealth and job opportunities in Rural Areas and among individuals living in such Areas. To this end, the Agency will select and license RBIC Applicants that will agree to address the unmet Equity Capital needs of Smaller Enterprises primarily located in Rural Areas.
The regulations in this part apply to rural business investment companies (RBICs) that seek leverage and to RBICs that do not seek leverage. The provisions of subparts A through N of this part apply to Leveraged RBICs and, except as indicated or as otherwise modified by subpart O of this part, to Non-leveraged RBICs. The provisions in subpart O of this part apply to Non-leveraged RBICs and, in addition, modify certain provisions in subparts A through N of this part as they apply to Non-leveraged RBICs.
The regulations in this part implement Subtitle H of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended (7 U.S.C. 2009cc et seq.) (“Act”). All RBICs must comply with all applicable regulations, accounting guidelines and valuation guidelines for RBICs.
A RBIC is subject to all existing and future provisions of the Act and part 4290 of title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(a) Center Headings. Center headings are descriptive and are used for convenience only. They have no regulatory effect.
(b) Capitalizing defined terms. Terms defined in § 4290.50 have initial capitalization in this part 4290.
(c) “You.” The pronoun “you” as used in this part 4290 means a RBIC unless otherwise noted.
(d) Forms. All references in this part to forms, and instructions for their preparation, are to the current issue of such forms.
The Agency has delegated to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), pursuant to an agreement under the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535), the authority to implement the RBIC program, including implementing and enforcing the regulations in this part 4290. Therefore, unless specifically stated otherwise, SBA will exercise on behalf of the Agency all responsibilities and authorities assigned to the Agency in this part 4290.