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Mill Creek Lender Named 2014 SBA Washington Financial Services Champion for Small Business

Release Date: 
Friday, May 9, 2014
Release Number: 
SDOPR 14-07
Advisory Number: 
Sherry Mina (206) 553-7316

Rosario Arias de Carroll of Plaza Bank Takes Top Honors,
Celebration Recognizing Winners May 8 at Museum of Flight, Boeing Field

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2014 Washington Financial Services Champion for Small Business is Rosario Arias de Carroll, senior vice president and senior lending officer of Plaza Bank in Seattle, Wash.

The SBA Financial Services Champion Award for Small Business recognizes individuals who advocate and promote small business 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

“Insuring small businesses have access to capital is one of the three primary areas on which the SBA focuses,” said Nancy Porzio, SBA Seattle district director. “Having leaders like Rosario Arias de Carroll in our financial community is critical to the success of our state’s economy. We are truly grateful for her work in the small business and Latino communities.”

Arias de Carroll – who is originally from Peru – left her country during violent and terrifying times to pursue better opportunities in the United States.

She started her banking career in 1984 and eventually became a commercial lending officer. In fact, her first loan as a lender was a SBA-guaranteed loan and the bank she worked for at the time spent two years as the No. 1 SBA lender.

Arias de Carroll spends a great deal of time providing financial education to the Latino community and small business community. She has led many commercial lending seminars – including several in Spanish – to small business owners and business organizations throughout the state.

“I firmly believe that financial education empowers business owners to reach a higher level of sophistication, especially in our diverse community."  Arias de Carroll said. “As members of the banking community, we strive to provide our business owners all of the financial tools that they need.  This helps them to be prepared when the time comes to apply for a loan.  Not only do we gain their trust, but we generate a ripple effect resulting in a stronger overall economy within our community.

The SBA 2014 Washington Financial Services Champion for Small Business will be recognized at a local awards ceremony event May 8 in conjunction with National Small Business Week May 12-16.

“National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the impact small business has on our country,” said SBA 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.


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