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AmericanWest Lender Named the state of Washington’s 2015 Financial Services Champion for Small Business

Release Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
Release Number: 
SDOPR 15-09
Matthew Williams, 206-553-7315

Kelley Groth, with AmericanWest Bank, was named the 2015 Financial Services Advocate of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Seattle District Office at an awards gala at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., on April 30, 2015.

The Financial Services Advocate award recognizes individuals who advocate and promote small businesses above and beyond the call of their professional duties and assist small businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the availability of accounting or financial services.

“Ensuring small businesses have access to capital is one of the three primary areas on which the SBA focuses,” said District Director Nancy Porzio. “Having leaders like Kelley Groth in our financial industry is critical to the success of our state’s economy. We are truly grateful for her work in the small business community.”

Jumping from a single SBA loan over an entire year to 89 loans totaling almost $35.5 million last year is an incredible feat for any bank working with SBA. For Groth, it’s just one of the many achievements that have resulted in her being named the Financial Services Advocate of the Year.

Kelley previously worked with all aspects of the SBA lending programs for 12 years, so when she started working with AmericanWest Bank in 2011, bringing a stronger SBA presence to the bank was a high priority.

In addition to her efforts at work, she volunteers with the Small Business Development Centers and the SBA to speak at educational panels and seminars. In addition, she offers counseling for small business owners. And she sits on numerous boards and committees to benefit small business owners.

Kelley also volunteers for numerous organizations, coaches young children’s sports and volunteers at local elementary schools.

Her commitment to her community both inside and outside of work is what helped her shine above the competition and earned her the title of 2015 Financial Services Advocate of the Year.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small businesses has on our country,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings. “It’s a chance to celebrate the dedicated, hard-working small business owners who are making a difference in their communities.”

Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.