First Bank, the wholly-owned bank subsidiary of First Bancorp, announces that it has expanded its business banking solutions to offer SBA 7a, USDA and 504 loans to small business owners throughout the United States. With a retail branch network in the Carolinas, First Bank’s entrance into SBA lending allows the company to better serve its existing communities as well as develop a national footprint to offer loan products that help small business owners who may not qualify for conventional loans.
“Founded in 1935, First Bank has already established a strong reputation across the Carolinas, providing a wide array of personal and business banking services,” stated Richard Moore, Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited about the addition of our SBA division and the complete lending services we can offer business owners and entrepreneurs across First Bank communities and throughout the United States. We will continue to offer the same level of superior customer service and quality to our new loan clients that our Carolina customer base has known for so long.”
“The U.S. economy is driven by enormous corporations,” commented Stephanie Dunn, National Sales Manager with First Bank’s SBA division, “yet our country was founded by small business owners with an entrepreneurial spirit. For 17 years, I have been passionate about lending to businesspeople looking for the opportunity to provide goods and services to customers in their local communities. By lending entrepreneurs the money to build their local businesses, I feel that I get to play a small part in helping them realize their dreams.”
“In an effort to deliver an expert and seamless customer experience, First Bank has hired a number of seasoned SBA lenders nationally who share the same excitement about helping small business owners,” expressed Dunn. “By connecting experienced lenders with entrepreneurially-minded small business owners, we create the perfect partnership and allow our customers the financial means to meet their long-term business goals.”