The Small Business Administration next year will have 19% less money to support $8 billion in lending guarantees, but Joseph J. Loddo, district director for the agency's Providence, R.I., office, is upbeat.

For one thing, he believes his office will keep its guarantees growing at the fourth-fastest rate in the agency's network. He also has reason to believe that market penetration, which stands at 15%, will increase.

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