Centier Bank receives SBA awards for lending work

The Small Business Administration presented two awards to Merrillville, Ind.-based Centier Bank for its lending performance last year.

A group of Centier Bank business bankers accepted the Community Lender Award and Third Party Lender Award from the Indiana District Office of the SBA. (Photo courtesy of Centier Bank)

A group of business bankers recently accepted the Community Lender Award and Third Party Lender Award from Peter Smith and Sharon Harvey of the SBA’s Indiana District office. In 2022, the SBA helped Indiana entrepreneurs secure $925 million through its 7(a) and 504 lending programs, a $15 million year-over-year increase. The 504 loan volume increased 32 percent year-over-year. 

 “We couldn’t have achieved these record numbers without the hard work and dedication to small business growth from our SBA lending partners like Centier Bank,” said Stacey Poynter, SBA’s Indiana District Director. “We are grateful for their support and look forward to the continued growth of this collaborative partnership.”

Jerry Tomasic, Centier Bank business banking group manager for the $6.22 billion bank, said he appreciated the awards. “As a community bank, Centier prides itself on being a true partner to our business clients,” he noted. “We’re a group who are passionate about helping our clients set up their business for sustainable success for an even better tomorrow.”