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Top North Florida SBA lenders honored

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) North Florida District Office  has recognized nine Topsbalogosmall SBA Lenders from across North Florida (43-county area) during the 18th Annual Small Business Week Celebration and Lender Awards Luncheon hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida.  More than 300 attended the event.

The Lender Award recipients were recognized for their achievements in SBA lending for Fiscal Year 2009.  “We are very pleased to celebrate the tremendous achievements of these top SBA lenders.  We anticipate another great year of SBA lending ahead of us,” said Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA District Director, who also provided an update on the Recovery Act and the accomplishments of the North Florida lenders for assisting the small businesses of Florida with access to capital.

The following lenders received awards at the May 13 event in Jacksonville:

• Top 7(a) Lender by dollar amount: Wachovia SBA Lending

• Top 7(a) Lender by number of loans: Superior Financial Group

• Top Certified Development Company (by number of loans): Florida Business Development Corporation

• Top 1st Mortgage Lender: Regions Bank

• Credit Union of the Year: Fairwinds Credit Union

• Top Microlender: Community Enterprise Investments, Inc.

• Top ARC Loan Lender: SunTrust

• Top Small/Rural Advantage Lender: Alarion Bank

• Top Community Bank SBA Lender: First Coast Community Bank

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