Small is relative. CIT Small Business Lending is one of the biggest Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders in the nation. Part of the Consumer & Small Business Lending unit of CIT Group, the company offers business acquisition and succession loans, franchise financing, and commercial real estate and construction loans ranging from $350,000 to $3 million. CIT Small Business Lending targets primarily US businesses such as day care centers; retailers, convenience stores; hotels and motels; woman-, veteran-, and minority-owned firms; and medical practice startups. The SBA-designated preferred lender operates from offices coast to coast. It also offers an online application process.