Houston District Newsletter January 2013

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January 2013

Houston District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration 

A message from District Director Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel Gonzalez

SBA-backed lending in the new fiscal year continues to rebound.  Lending so far in the first quarter of the new fiscal year is ahead of the pace at the same point a year ago.  SBA recorded more than 12,900 loans for more than $5.5 billion in approvals during the quarter.  The Houston District posted a similar trend with 242 loans totaling more than $129 million in approvals to small businesses in the Houston area.  

Overall, the pace of SBA loan-making is a healthy sign for the economy and the credit markets and is one of the foundations for ensuring the availability of financing to small businesses trying to establish themselves, grow and create new jobs for Americans.

Houston District Hosts Inter-Agency Small  Business Convening

Inter-Agency Small Business Convening

On December 11, 2012, the Houston District hosted an Inter-Agency small business convening with the FDIC to stimulate small business lending.  FDIC Community Affairs Specialist Emerson Hall and District Director Manuel Gonzalez led the meeting with a group of small business owners, lenders, and resource partners to explore and provide solutions to issues that small businesses are facing regarding the constraint of the availability of credit.  

Houston District Recognizes Top SBA Lenders for Fiscal Year 2012 

The Houston District recognized the fiscal year 2012 top ten SBA lenders and top three Certified Development Companies at the HAGGL (Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders) luncheon in December.  With the help of the lending community, the Houston District posted a stellar fiscal year supporting $678.10 million in loans to small businesses.   

Houston District Top 10 SBA Lenders
Wells Fargo Bank
BBVA Compass
Wallis State Bank
Amegy Bank
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Integrity Bank
Spirit of Texas Bank
First Intercontinental Bank
Members Choice Credit Union
MidSouth Bank  

Houston District Top 3 Certified Development Companies
Capital CDC
North Texas CDC
Community CDC 


SBA Presentations and Workshops

District Director Manuel Gonzalez and the district staff are making presentations and conducting workshops on SBA's programs and services throughout the Houston area.  Visit our website calendar at www.sba.gov/tx/houston for upcoming events.

District Director Manuel Gonzalez

District Director Gonzalez conducted an SBA workshop at Houston Baptist University.

Lead Lender Relations Specialist Russell Hughes

Lead Lender Relations Specialist Russell Hughes made a presentation to a group of lenders in Bryan, Texas.

Deputy District Director Mark Winchester

Deputy District Director Mark Winchester participated in a financing panel sponsored by the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Free SBA Workshops:

SBA Certification Programs

Febraury 6, 2013
UH SBDC
2302 Fannin St.
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002

RSVP: 713-752-8488
           www.sbdc.uh.edu

You, Your Business, and the SBA

February 13, 2013
Fort Bend County SBDC
117 Lane Drive
Suite 31          
Rosenberg, TX 77471

RSVP: 281-499-9787 
 ww.fortbend.sbdcnetwork.net

Success Story

Chief Solutions, Inc.

Chief Rufus Davis

Chief Davis' company survived recession with help of SBA loan. 

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