New Hampshire SBA Announces 2012 Lender Awards

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SBA New Hampshire District Office

The New Hampshire district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today its 2012 lender awards. 

“Lenders in New Hampshire continue to step up to the challenges of small business lending,” said Greta Johansson, SBA’s NH District Director.  “Whether a lender does one loan or one hundred, whether a loan is $10,000 or $5,000,000, our lenders continually strive to meet each individual need, using SBA products where needed to reach even further.” 

“SBA’s partnership with its participating lenders is one of the most powerful public/private sector relationships that I know of” said Jeanne A. Hulit, SBA Acting New England Regional Administrator.  “SBA is working to make sure small businesses and their lenders have the tools they need to grow, to expand and to hire.” 

In fiscal year 2012, the New Hampshire district office guaranteed a total of 630 loans totaling over $130 million through its two main loan programs, the 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program and the 504 Loan Program.  The 7(a) loan program is the SBA’s most used program because of its flexibility in loan structure and variety of uses.  The 504 loan program, which is administered by Certified Development Companies, offers financing for long-term fixed assets including real estate and equipment at below market rates for up to 20 years. 

Northway Bank approved 91 loans making them the leading NH SBA lender based on total number of loans.  TD Bank approved over $8.2 million in loans in New Hampshire, making them leading 7(a) lender in total dollars.  Additionally, TD Bank approved nearly $51 million in loans throughout New England making them the leading SBA 7(a) lender in the region. 

Granite State Development Corporation was NH SBA’s leading Certified Development Company (CDC) in both numbers and total dollars, approving 108 504 loans for over $58 million.  Also, Granite State was the leading CDC region wide, approving 276 504 loans for $153 million throughout New England.    

Other 2012 award winners: 

NH SBA Leading 504 Participant Bank – Centrix Bank

Awarded to the lender that participated in the greatest number of 504 projects, Centrix participated in 20 projects providing long term financing.  Additionally, Centrix Bank was the leading 504 participant region wide, participating in a total of 23 projects in New England. 

NH SBA Leading Veteran Loan Lender – Northway Bank

Awarded to the lender that provided the greatest number of loans to members of the military community, Northway Bank provided 4 loans to veterans in business throughout the state.  

Outstanding Achievement Awards –   St. Mary’s Bank and Enterprise Bank & Trust Co.  

Awarded for Enterprise Bank & Trust Co.’s significant increase in SBA lending in 2012 and for St. Mary’s increased participation with a focus on much needed smaller dollar amount loans.  

Emerging Lender – Kennebunk Savings Bank

SBA Lender who increased their lending by over 233%, based on numbers, and increased 853%, based on dollars, in fiscal year 2012. 

Outstanding Partner Bank of New Hampshire  

Awarded for their long-term partnership with SBA, partnering with SBA to provide “Bank on SBA” sessions, customer educational opportunities and for consistently providing much needed financing to small businesses through the use of SBA programs. 

Returning LenderPeople’s United Bank

Long term partner of SBA that significantly increased loan volume based on numbers and dollars, 72% and 88% respectively, in fiscal year 2012.    

For more information regarding SBA’s guaranty lending programs, please contact Amy Bassett at the New Hampshire District Office at