WASHINGTON — The Small Business Administration is reporting an increase in lending after recent changes to its guarantees and fees that were designed to make loans backed by the agency more appealing.

Provisions in the economic stimulus package allowed the SBA to increase the guaranteed percentage of a small-business loan to 90% and waive fees for borrowers. Since the provisions took effect Feb. 17, the SBA said, it has approved 4,256 loans with guarantees worth $800 million.

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