A year ago, I purchased the B2B business using an SBA loan. Since then, we have increased our prices and acquired new customers. Additionally, we hired a seasoned General Manager from the industry to oversee operations. Currently, we are exploring an opportunity to merge with a competitor or execute a buyout to achieve operational synergy, expand into new markets, and establish ourselves as a major player in the region.

Deal size is around ~2mil.
I would prefer to pay off the SBA loan, I am open to considering equity in the combined entity, seller financing, or a combination of both. I am curious to explore how we can accomplish this, and whether funding can be secured through SBA or conventional means. If anyone has experience navigating a similar path, I would greatly appreciate hearing about your insights and lessons learned. Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences.

Thank you in advance.