Associated is top SBA lender in Wisconsin for 5th year in a row

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Associated Bank has been named the top Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in Wisconsin for 2009 – lending more than $25 million in 317 different SBA loans between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009.

This is the fifth year in a row that Associated Bank has received the top lender honor in Wisconsin, and the 10th time in 12 years.

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“We commend Associated Bank’s continued support to small business lending,” said Eric Ness, SBA Wisconsin district director. “This type of commitment helps to ensure that Wisconsin firms are receiving the much needed assistance and capital to start and expand their businesses.  This activity is fundamental to Wisconsin and our nation’s economic growth.”

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Other top Wisconsin SBA lenders include:

  • Wells Fargo Bank, 58 loans, $19.1 million
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  • First Bank Financial Centre, 78 loans, $19.4 million
  • M&I Bank, 81 loans, $13 million
  • Community Bank & Trust, 43 loans, $13 million
  • River Valley Bank, 29 loans, $11.5 million
  • Ridgestone Bank, 23 loans, $8.5 million
  • Cornerstone Community Bank, 76 loans, $8.1 million
  • US Bank, 97 loans, $7.5 million

"While we are incredibly pleased with our new rankings, it’s clear that the impact of these lending efforts is about much more than winning a title," said Kerry Barlow, Associated Bank’s senior vice president of business banking. "It is about how many businesses we touched throughout Wisconsin and in our communities."


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