I'm looking at HVAC / plumbing / electrical companies in the DC / MD / VA area and using a SBA 7a loan for the purchase.

7a loans follow state regulation that require at least one person (aside from the former owner who's retiring) in the business to have a state license for their respective trade. Makes sense.and not arguing that - but does anyone have advice on finding someone with a license? Am I trying to 'hire' them before I acquire the business, bring them in earlier as an equity partner, or something else entirely?

A bit open ended, but any advice would be appreciated!