Coleman’s Thursday Movers and Shakers


January 9, 2014

By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report

NADCO Announces Government Relations Conference March 3-5 in Washington DC

With leadership changing at the SBA and House and Senate Small Business Committees, attending the NADCO 2014 Government Relations Conference is critical to our industry’s success. This conference is your opportunity to attend exclusive sessions with the SBA, Congressional leaders, and small business stakeholders to strengthen support for the Real Estate Advantage (504) Loan and our industry. Don’t miss the chance connect with lawmakers, SBA officials and small business leaders whose support is key to the future of our program.

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Paul Sabado Joins Kitsap Bank as SVP & SBA Manager

Paul brings an extensive range of experience and a wealth of knowledge in SBA lending,” Kitsap Bank CEO Steve Politakis said. “He is dedicated to providing the personalized customer service that is Kitsap Bank’s hallmark. We are very pleased to welcome him to the team.”

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libertyLiberty Bay Credit Union Becomes PLP Lender

Paul Gravellese, Vice President of Business Solutions for Liberty Bay Credit Union said “we are excited to be selected as a Preferred Lender. Financing business expansion strengthens our local economy and Liberty Bay Credit Union looks forward to providing assistance to the small business community with SBA-guaranteed loans.”

“We are honored to have attained Preferred Lenders Program status with the SBA, and are eager to maintain a strong relationship with the business community through this program,” said Ed Lopes, President and CEO of Liberty Bay Credit Union.

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SBA Associate Administrator for Office of Capital Access  is the Keynote Speaker at NTAGGL Quarterly Luncheon in Irving on January 15th.

SBA will be presenting awards to the top SBA lenders for the D/FW District. The awards will include the top SBA 7(a) lenders as well as top 504 lender.

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Ridgestone Bank’s Bruce Lammers elected to NAGGL Board

Ridgestone Bank is the 7th largest SBA lender in the country and has been the number one SBA lender in Illinois for five consecutive years. The bank is also the second largest SBA lender in Wisconsin and Indiana.

Lammers will work with NAGGL to support the SBA 7(a) program, which helps small businesses gain access to capital through government guaranteed financing. “NAGGL is a crucial organization for the SBA,” stated Lammers. “I hope to work with NAGGL to assure the continued brand promise of the SBA, and ultimately help more small businesses succeed.”

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NSBA Elects Jeffrey Van Winkle 2014 Chair

Last month the National Small Business Association elected Jeffrey Van Winkle to replace David Ickert as Chairman. The NSBA is a 65,000-member advocacy group known for its research (pdf) on small business issues.

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Upcoming Small Business Lending Conferences

Franchise Lending Spotlight Conference, Houston, February 5
2014 Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference, Reynolds Plantation, February 9-11
ICBA 2014 National Convention, Honolulu, March 2-6
NADCO Government Relations Conference 2014, Washington D.C., March 3-5
Franchise Times Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, Las Vegas, March 26-27
NADCO 2014 Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, April 30 – May 3
NAGGL 2014 SBA Lending Technical Conference, Bonita Springs, May 6-8
NAGGL 2014 Annual Meeting, Huntington Beach October 28-30
Coleman’s 7th Annual SBA Secondary Market Forum, Washington D.C. December 2
Coleman’s 15th Annual Rural Lender’s Roundtable, Washington D.C. December 3