Daily News: October 31, 2013

Huntington Bank Named Third Largest SBA Lender

For the third consecutive year, Midwest-concentrated Huntington Bancshares was named the nation’s third largest lender in number of 7(a) loans according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). During fiscal year 2013, Huntington increased its number of loans by 20% in its continued commitment to shape a strong business foundation for resilient communities and an even healthier U.S. economy.

“SBA lending is a core strategy for Huntington,” said Huntington Business Banking Director Deborah Stein. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy because they create 66% of new jobs. There are an overwhelming number of businesses that can benefit from an SBA loan. Every year we find new and better ways to help business owners learn how to effectively use the program to grow their businesses.”

Huntington said it is the number-one lender in the Midwest, with seven times the loans and dollars lent than any other financial services provider, with 3,062 7(a) loans totaling $465 million.

Huntington’s lending activity included:

Indiana: 240 loans totaling $45 million

Kentucky: 45 loans totaling $5 million

Michigan: 787 loans totaling $162 million

Ohio: 1,750 loans totaling $204 million

Western Pennsylvania: 150 loans totaling $25 million

West Virginia: 77 loans totaling $20 million