SBA Announces 2012 Small Business Lender Awards

Release Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Release Number: 12-04

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland District Office is pleased to recognize the following lending institutions for their notable efforts to facilitate access to capital for small business owners. It is with the support of the lending community and stimulus provisions in the Small Business Jobs Act that the Portland District Office was able to capture record loan approval numbers in 2011. A network of over 70 lenders delivered a milestone $308 million in capital to small businesses using SBA loan programs.

“We appreciate the commitment of all our lending partners to providing access to capital to nearly 900 small business owners and entrepreneurs in 2011,” said Robert DuCotè, Deputy District Director. “This year’s awardees are top performers in the categories and deserve special recognition for their performance.” 

2012 SBA Small Business Lender Awards for Portland District are as follows:

7(a) Lender of the Year
U.S. Bank National Association

504 Lender of the Year
Evergreen Business Capital

Regional Lender of the Year
Umpqua Bank

Small Lender of the Year
People’s Bank of Commerce

Breakthrough Lender of the Year 

Community Spirit Lender of the Year
Wells Fargo

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States designates one week to recognize the many contributions of the small business community and community partners. This year, National Small Business Week kicks off the celebration of Portland District winners of small business, champion, and lender awards.

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