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October 16, 2012


Moraima Gutierrez (860) 240-4654

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Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting

HARTFORD, CTThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced its 2012 Eagle Awards recipients for its Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting.  The Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway in Trumbull, CT was host  to the Annual Lenders & Partners meeting today. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending in Connecticut increased significantly in the federal government’s 2012 fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. SBA in Connecticut backed almost $229 million in dollars. The dollar and volume of loans indicates positive activity within Connecticut’s financial industry as banks begin to take on more loans and small businesses are finding it easier to approach lenders.  The increase is also not unique to Connecticut as many other New England states are benefiting from the impact of SBA lending and the economic stimulus efforts.  

“The purpose of our Annual Lenders & Partners meeting is to publicly thank our partners for their tremendous support of the SBA and the Connecticut business communities by helping us to help Main Street businesses through the Jobs Act” said Bernard Sweeney, District Director for the SBA.  “We look forward to continuing the growth in SBA activity and partnerships throughout 2013.”


  •         Top Dollar 7(a) & Top 504 Lender   Webster Bank
  •         Top Volume, Top 7a                           Farmington Bank
  •         Top Dollar Lender                              First Niagara
  •         Top 504 Lender, Top Microlender    CTCIC- CT Community Investment Corporation     
  •         Outstanding Contribution                 Thomaston Savings Bank
  •         Outstanding Contribution                  Union Savings Bank
  •         Emerging Lender                                  Newtek
  •         Emerging Lender                                  HEDCO
  •         Outstanding Resource                         Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  •         Outstanding Resource                         PTAP– Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance
  •         District Director Award                       David Blitz (Farmington Bank)

In addition to loan programs, the SBA and its partners provided counseling and training at numerous locations throughout the state during its fiscal year; serving an additional 18,000 existing or potential business persons. The resource partners include Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CSBDC), the Women’s Business Centers, or through a number of conferences hosted by SBA in partnership with business, education and community groups. To find a counseling location near you, call (860) 240-4700 or visit our website www.sba.gov/ct.