The U.S. Small Business Administration Again Names Banner Bank Regional Lender of the Year in Washington; Star Performer in Oregon

WALLA WALLA, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Small Business Administration again named Banner Bank the 2017
Regional Lender of the Year
for the Seattle/Spokane District and a Star
for the Portland District. The awards were presented at
separate ceremonies earlier this month as part of National Small
Business Week.

The SBA announced Banner Bank originated the most loans last year among
all banks serving Washington State, approving 170 loans totaling
$23,646,300. The agency named Banner its Regional Lender of the Year at
the Washington State Small Business Awards Gala earlier this month in

Banner Bank closed 63 loans in Oregon last year totaling $7,999,900 with
an average loan size of $126,983, making Banner the SBA’s top-performing
regional bank and the fourth most prolific lender in the Portland
District. The SBA presented Banner with its Star Performer Award for
demonstrating “lending excellence” at the Portland District Small
Business Week Award Luncheon earlier this month. To qualify for this
award, lenders must close at least 20 loans or $10 million in volume
during the fiscal year.

“On behalf of our entire Banner Bank team, we thank the SBA for
recognizing our long-standing commitment to helping small businesses
access the capital they need—like them, we believe our economy is
strengthened when main street businesses thrive,” said Mark Grescovich,
Banner Bank President and CEO.

The SBA’s Seattle/Spokane District includes the entire state of
Washington except for a small geographic region that includes Vancouver,
Wash., which is included in the Portland District, due to proximity. The
SBA’s Portland District includes Vancouver and 30 of 36 Oregon counties.
Only the six most eastern counties in that state are not included as
they are assigned to the Boise, Idaho District.

This is the sixth straight year the SBA has recognized Banner Bank’s
commitment in Washington, receiving the same award the last three years
and Community Lender of the Year the two previous years. Additionally,
this is the third year Banner received the SBA Star Performer Award in

About Banner Bank

Banner Bank is a Washington-chartered commercial bank that conducts
business from more than 200 locations in Washington, Oregon, California
and Idaho. Banner Bank is a community bank offering a wide variety of
commercial banking services and financial products to individuals and
small- and medium-sized businesses and their employees throughout the
Western U.S. Visit Banner Bank at


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