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Lenders receive awards ahead of ‘Small Business Saturday’ in Casper

(U.S. SBA Wyoming District Office)

CASPER, Wyo. — “Small Business Saturday” will be taking place on Saturday, Nov. 23 and aims to encourage people to “shop small.”

Ahead of that, several financial institutions were honored with “2019 Lender Awards” from the United States Small Business Administration Wyoming District Office earlier this week.

“Lender Awards honor lenders who distinguished themselves in the SBA loan marketplace,” an announcement states.

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These are the 2019 winners:

  • US Bank: Received the SBA Wyoming District Office Director’s Award, presented to the lender that has the highest increase in number of approved SBA loans from previous fiscal year.
  • Bank of Bridger: Received the SBA Wyoming District Office Rural Lender of the Year Award, presented to the lender that achieves the most SBA loan approvals in designated rural and HUBZone areas.
  • WIDC Frontier CDC: Received the SBA Wyoming District Office 504 CDC Lender of the Year Award, presented to the CDC that achieves the most SBA 504 loan approvals in Wyoming.
  • Wells Fargo: Received the SBA Wyoming District Office Lender of the Year Award, presented to the lender that achieves the most SBA loan approvals in Wyoming.

The SBA says that Casper Mayor Charlie Powell was in attendance at the awards ceremony which also had the purpose of reminding people about Small Business Saturday.

“We decided to start connecting our Annual Lender Awards event to our Small Business Saturday kickoff last year, because it is the capital that you provide to Wyoming entrepreneurs and small businesses, either independently or through SBA or other government loan guaranty
and participation programs, that enables Wyoming businesses to start, grow, and expand,” said SBA Wyoming District Director Amy Lea while addressing the room. “As finance experts, you also provide them with vital guidance and expertise along the way.”

SBA has been cosponsoring Small Business Saturday since 2011.

“In between the big box holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was created to help independent businesses capture a larger piece of the critical holiday season spend, while also rallying around a moment – a nationally recognized Day – to celebrate the incredible contributions that these businesses make to their local communities and to the American economy,” said Lea.

The SBA collects loan data in Wyoming which can be viewed online.