Anchorage – The U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Office will present its 2012 lender awards at the Alaska Lenders’ Symposium held in Anchorage on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013. First National Bank Alaska was selected as the Alaska SBA 504 Lender of the Year for 2012. This award recognizes First National Bank Alaska’s commitment to providing financial assistance to businesses located in Alaska during the federal fiscal year. The recognition is given to the lender with the highest number of 504 approved loans as of the program's year-end date of September 30th. The SBA's 504 program provides long-term, fixed-rate; subordinate mortgage financing for acquiring or renovating capital assets including land, buildings and equipment. Any type of financial institution, located anywhere in the United States, may be considered for this award.
“We recommend the SBA 504 program every time we see ways it will benefit our customers,” First National Bank Alaska Vice President Jay Page said. “Businesses are offered many helpful options like lower down payment requirements, for example. The program has always been an invaluable source of funding for small-business clients looking to grow their businesses.”
“The bank is deeply honored to be recognized by the SBA for the second consecutive year and remains proud to play an important role in financing small businesses in Alaska.”
With 11 SBA 504 loans approved during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, totaling $3,768,405, First National Bank Alaska has made a significant impact on Alaska’s small businesses.
“Our focus at SBA is to help small businesses start, grow and succeed. Access to capital is the life blood of small businesses especially in these difficult economic times,” said SBA Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “SBA’s 504 loan program is an excellent tool for small businesses.”
“First National Bank Alaska and our other SBA lending partners play vital roles in financing new Alaskan small businesses, and facilitating the expansion of existing businesses,” said Karen Forsland, Alaska SBA District Director. “We are proud to recognize FNBA for their success in using SBA’s loan guaranty programs to provide our small business community with access to capital.”
For more information, please contact Scott Swingle in the U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Office, 907-474-4878.