MANISTIQUE - mBank has been named the 2012 Community Lender of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Michigan District Office.
"As a community bank operating in many different markets within the state, we understand that these types of loans allow small companies to compete and procure the capital needed to expand, leading to increased opportunities for new jobs," said Kelly George, President and Chief Executive Officer, mBank.
The award, which mBank also received in 2010, is presented to a lender that has displayed an ongoing commitment to supporting the growth and expansion of small businesses in the community. Criteria includes, total volume, new market activity, and comparison with historical performance. The Small Business Administration also places emphasis on selecting a lender who has made an impact in its communities through the use of SBA loan programs.
Al Cook, deputy district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan District Office, recently presented the 2012 SBA Community Lender of the Year Award to Greg Schuetter, mBank’s senior vice president and Upper Peninsula Commercial lending manager at the bank’s Marquette office on May 29. Also pictured are mBank’s Senior Vice President and Marquette Regional Executive, Boris Martysz and Commercial Banking officers Joe Havican and Jeremy Hinkson.
"SBA's Community Lender of the Year Award recognizes the most outstanding community
lender that supports their local small businesses using SBA loans," said SBA Michigan District
Director Gerald Moore. "Choosing the winner of this award is always very difficult because
Michigan's community lenders are leaders in supporting their small business customers. As the
leading SBA lender in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, mBank was chosen because of its
commitment and creativity in supporting small businesses in its community. mBank exemplifies
what a community bank should be."