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Hartford, CT, October 14, 2012 / --The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces its 2012 Eagle Awards recipients for its Annual Lenders & Partners Meeting. The Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway in Trumbull, CT will host the Annual Lenders & Partners meeting next Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30am.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending in Connecticut for the federal government’s 2012 fiscal year ending September 30, 2012 have been announced. SBA in Connecticut backed almost $229 million in dollars for the fiscal year. The secure pace in 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. This year’s pace 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.

“One 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 our loan guaranty programs” 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 - Connecticut Community Investment Corporation
Outstanding Contribution- Thomaston Savings Bank
Outstanding Contribution- Union Savings Bank
Emerging Lender- Newtek
Emerging Lender- HEDCO-Hartford Economic Development Corporation
Outstanding Resource- Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Outstanding Resource -PTAP– Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance
District Director Award-David Blitz (Farmington Bank

To attend next week’s Annual Lenders & Partners meeting please e-mail: Moraima.gutierrez@sba.gov.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.

Press Contact: | Moraima Gutierrez | Assistant District Director/Media Relations Specialist | U.S. Small Business Administration | (860) 240-4654 | moraima.gutierrez@sba.gov | www.sba.gov | http://twitter.com/sbagov |

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