September 18, 2014
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report
Seacoast Commerce Bank Announces the Hiring of Steve Alkana and the Opening of SBA Loan Production Office in Portland, Oregon
“Steve is a great addition to our SBA Team and will enhance the success that we have had in becoming the 2nd largest SBA lender in Oregon. He is a very professional and experienced SBA and small business banker. Steve has advocated for small business throughout his career and has been an outstanding producer of SBA loans, specifically for the small business owners who want to buy, construct, or expand their own facility,” says David H. Bartram, Executive Vice President/ SBA Division Manager/Chief Operating Officer.
Kelly Hunt Tapped as District Director for SBA’s Pittsburgh Office
Kelly says, “We have to step up our game to provide the best in customer service. We might not be the answer to help everyone but having our fingers on the pulse and knowing what is going on in the area, knowing where to send them, having partners and relationships are important.”
Adds her boss, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, “I want to build the entrepreneur culture and help businesses in this region grow and be successful. Being assessable is important as we continue to work closely with our partners and making sure we serve the underserved and non-traditional.
Great Lakes Bay Region SBDC Adds Patrick McElgunn to Staff
“Having run my own business for several years, I know the magnitude of ‘hats’ business owners have to wear,”says Patrick. “My goal will be to help other entrepreneurs and business owners organize the tools and resources available to them so they sustain long-term success.”
McElgunn holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College. He has worked as a lacrosse coach since 2011. In August 2013, McElgunn became the head coach for the men’s lacrosse team at Northwood University. He resides in Midland with his wife, Shannon, who is a registered ER nurse. The McElgunn’s are expecting their first child, a daughter, in November, reports the Midland Daily News.
The entire goal of the event is to introduce lenders to franchise brands that are looking for financing in the northeast. C-level executives from each brand will present their brands unit economics, growth plans, and financing needs. Presenting brands include Intercontinental Hotel Group, Meineke, MAACO, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, ServiceMaster, Endurance House and Jamba Juice.
Upcoming Small Business Lending Conferences
Innovative Finance Delivery for Small Business, September 23-24, Las Vegas
Boefly Franchise Lending Spotlight Conference, October 1, Philadelphia
NAGGL 2014 Annual Meeting, October 28-30, Huntington Beach
2014 Upstate NY SBA Lender Conference, November 5, Rochester
American Banker/RMA Small Business Banking Conference, November 19-21, Miami
Coleman’s 7th Annual SBA Secondary Market Forum, December 2, Washington D.C.
Coleman’s 15th Annual Rural Lender’s Roundtable, December 3, Washington D.C.
2015 Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, February 23-25, Location TBA