First National Bank of Northern California Receives Preferred Lender Status with the Small Business Administration
South San Francisco, CA: 8/8/2005:
South San Francisco, CA: August 8, 2005: FNB Bancorp (Bulletin Board FNBG.OB), the holding company for First National Bank of Northern California, announced that the Small Business Administration has awarded Preferred Lender Status to the Bank’s SBA program.
“Supporting small business has been a fundamental objective since our Bank opened in 1963. To be approved as a Preferred Lender by the SBA is quite an honor,” said Tom McGraw, Chief Executive Officer.
First National Bank serves the Bay Area, with primary focus on San Mateo and San Francisco Counties and makes credit decisions locally. Receiving Preferred Lender status compliments the Bank’s quick turnaround time on credits and allows the bank to close on SBA approved loans in a matter of days, not weeks.
“The small business person is often an agile entrepreneur, able to make decisions and respond to opportunities quickly. Our Preferred Lender Program membership expedites our ability to provide capital to support their business strategy,” stated Janine Perrignon, Vice President and SBA Loan Manager. To achieve recognition as a Preferred Lender, the bank must have a satisfactory performance history with the SBA, have the ability to develop and analyze complete loan packages, demonstrate the ability to process, close, service and liquidate loans.
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