October 22, 2012 at 08:00 AM EDT
Wells Fargo approves a record $1.24 billion in SBA loans for America’s small businesses

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) approved a record $1.24 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans in federal fiscal year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012) and for the fourth consecutive year is America’s leading SBA 7(a) lender in dollar volume. This is the second year in a row that Wells Fargo has approved more than $1 billion in SBA 7(a) loans to small business owners – the only lender to achieve this milestone. An SBA preferred lender in all 50 states, Wells Fargo also is the second largest SBA lender in units extending 3,176 SBA 7(a) loans in fiscal 2012.

“It is very rewarding to know that every SBA loan we extend is helping American small business owners build their businesses for the long term,” said David Rader, head of Wells Fargo’s SBA Lending Division. “At Wells Fargo, we work hard to provide the financing that supports business growth and drives economic development and job creation in every community we serve. The fact that we approved more than $1 billion in SBA loans each of the last two years is a result of that hard work. While we take pride in our market leadership, we’re more proud that we provided the essential capital for thousands of customers across the country to start or invest in a small business.”

In addition to its national ranking, Wells Fargo is the No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars in 15 states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming – and the No.1 SBA 7(a) lender in number of loans (units) in 10 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Among the 3,176 SBA 7(a) loans extended by Wells Fargo in 2012 was a loan that helped Bill Hoyt of Tampa, Fla., realize his dream of becoming a business owner. In September, Hoyt acquired Southern Pride Landscaping, a Lakeland, Fla., commercial landscaping firm with eight full-time employees. He financed the purchase with a Wells Fargo SBA 7(a) loan and secured an SBA Express line of credit for working capital.

“The entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my blood, but I needed to find the right opportunity to use my management experience and skills, and the right financing to make it possible,” says Hoyt, a former Navy helicopter pilot who more recently worked for a Florida real estate management company. “In Southern Pride, I found a solid business with strong customer relationships and a reputation for great landscaping service that I could build further as an owner. With Wells Fargo, I had a team of people who worked with me to secure an SBA loan, giving me confidence that I had the capital I needed to be successful from day one.”

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Wells Fargo loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2002-2011 Community Reinvestment Act government data) and is a leading lender to women- and diverse-owned businesses. Wells Fargo provides a wide range of financial solutions to meet the needs of business owners nationwide. Through the Wells Fargo Business Insight Resource Center, business owners can access an informative selection of videos and articles featuring expert advice and best practices. For more information visit wellsfargo.com/biz or call the National Business Banking Center at 1-800-CALL-WELLS.

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