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mBank gets SBA diversity award

MANISTIQUE — mBank recently announced it were selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Office as the 2018 Diversity Community Lender of the Year.

An mBank press release states that the criteria for the Diversity Community Lender of the Year is: The best support provided by a lender to advance diverse participation among small businesses from historically underrepresented groups – minorities, women and veterans. Analysis was based on the number and percentage of total SBA loans that was received by small businesses in these groups. Additional community activities mBank participates in was also considered in the award criteria.

“mBank is honored to be selected as the 2018 Diversity Community Lender of the Year award recipient by the U.S. SBA Michigan District Office,” said Boris Martysz, senior vice president — commercial banking manager and Marquette County executive. “We appreciate the recognition from the Michigan District Office and for their continued support and efforts to help our organization do what we do best in all our markets and that is help small businesses. To be recognized for these efforts is a testament to who we are culturally as an organization and the communities and businesses that we support.”

mBank was among several other companies, individuals and organizations honored by the Michigan District Office of the SBA as part of National Small Business Week in May.

“I’m incredibly proud of our entire commercial lending team for their hard work and dedication to Michigan’s small business community,” said Kelly W. George, president and CEO of mBank. “Supporting small business growth and job creation is one of the most important things we do as a community bank, especially for these historically underrepresented markets where many of our branches are located. We are committed to helping all small businesses, so our communities can grow and thrive and this distinction from the SBA is a great honor to receive.”