There’s something to be said about jinxing your success by speaking about it, and also looking back instead of looking forward. However, I think our SBA Lending team reached a milestone that I don’t want to let go unnoticed without talking a little bit about the work and the culture that contributed to it. 

SBA Team United Nationwide

Early in 2022, First Business Bank reached the Top 100 SBA Lenders in the nation. This may not seem like a huge accomplishment depending upon your perspective, but it’s a great testament to our SBA business development team, our SBA credit team, and our SBA closing team who all worked together as one to make it happen.

Since First Business Bank added SBA Lending almost 10 years ago, our team has worked with businesses nationwide, helping small-and-medium-sized businesses access federally backed funding so they can grow. Although some of our SBA employees are primarily located in one of our four banking offices, many are spread out all over the United States. 

SBA TeamAs many learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, working physically solo can be challenging, but I believe the culture and structure of First Business Bank helps our team to communicate and collaborate on another level. Our committed team members work well together, and although we’re not the largest team, SBA Lending is a tight network. Word gets around if you’re a great place to work, and we’ve started seeing the positive results of building a reputation as a cohesive, strong team all working on behalf of our clients.

Exceptional Market Position

Built on more than 30 years of experience, First Business Bank’s business model embraces businesses, business owners, and investors. That focused energy is a significant advantage for our SBA team, where what we’re doing on a day-to-day basis really matters. It’s central to the bank’s mission, so that helps unite our purpose, as well. Being an SBA expert in some other banks that serve everyone can feel sometimes like you’re an outsider, but not here, where the focus is on business.

That concentration on business helps us attract experts in business lending who want to work and advance their careers with professionals. This, in turn, raises our employee satisfaction scores and our client satisfaction scores. I am a strong believer that they all work together to create a synergy that fuels our SBA team’s success.

Accessible Leadership

Another  key part of the success of our entire organization is the accessibility of our senior leaders who often work closely with our team. As a result, they really get a sense of how involved our SBA experts are with our clients’ business operations, plans, and their loans. Validation of our work by senior leadership is a powerful motivator for our team. That’s a differentiator here because it’s not always easy to come by at other banks, where senior leaders are walled off from the details of SBA loans.

All of this to say that I’m very proud of our journey so far, our accomplishments, and the hard work it took to get there. It’s all worth it when you cross the finish line for small businesses — the backbone of our economy. Let us know if our team can help you reach your goals.