The Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University organized a lender information forum on Tuesday, April 2nd.   The event was co-sponsored with The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce who provided meeting space.  Two representatives from the Jacksonville based North Florida District Office of the Small Business Administration provided valuable information on current programs to area lenders.  Bank representatives from First Commerce Credit Union, Prime Meridian Bank, Centennial Bank, and ProBank attended the informational session.

Roslind Bryant, Lender Relations Specialist from the SBA, discussed updates and changes to the application procedure for SBA loans.  She also offered valuable tips for successful loan processing.  Ms. Bryant provided answers to questions posed in the open forum format, and encouraged lenders to continue conversations with her.  If you are an area lender, feel free to contact the Small Business Administration’s office in Jacksonville to get your questions answered or learn how you can become an SBA lending partner.

Business Opportunity Specialist, Thaddeus Hammond, highlighted key points of the 8(a) SBA Certification Program.  This program offers guidance and technical assistance over a period of nine years to qualified businesses. It enables small businesses to have an extra edge when competing for government contracts.  After the 8(a) business is well established, it offers support in how diversify revenue streams, a key component in a sustainable business.  He requested lenders help in disseminating information to qualifying businesses. Please contact Mr. Hammond for additional information.

For more information contact:
Small Business Administration
North Florida District Office
[Phone]:904-443-1900
Website http://www.sba.gov/fl/north/
Office Email: northflorida_do@sba.gov