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South Dakota USDA Rural Development Honors Top Business & Industry Loan Guarantee Program Lenders

South Dakota USDA Rural Development honored four top banks for their collaborative work in utilizing the USDA Business & Industry (B & I) Loan Guarantee program.

Elsie Meeks, South Dakota Rural Development State Director said, “Working with private lenders throughout the state enables USDA Rural Development to increase investment capital, and help communities and local organizations build a strong business infrastructure to nurture economic growth.”   In Fiscal Year 2012, South Dakota USDA Rural Development B & I Guaranteed Loan program made available $33.2 million in the state, leveraging $128 million and assisting nine businesses.  This economic support created or retained an estimated 109 jobs in the state.

Great Western Bank  of Rapid City, First Interstate Bank of Sturgis, BankWest of Pierre and First Interstate Bank of Wall, South Dakota were recently highlighted as top lenders through the B & I program.

“Rural Development has been a great partner for First Interstate Bank and our business loan customers in 2012.  Their B&I program has provided us access to long term fixed rate financing for our rural business customers,” said Brett Blasius, President of First Interstate Bank of Wall.  “I feel that this partnership has strengthened our rural community by maintaining and in some cases, adding jobs, which are the result of attractive finance options to our customers.”

By investing locally, businesses support higher paying jobs and stronger economies are grown.  The relationships that are built between USDA and local lending institutions contribute to the success of the program and economic climate in rural communities.   The B & I program provides a guarantee for quality loans and because of this guarantee; lenders can offer businesses more flexible terms enabling expansions and profitability.

South Dakota USDA Rural Development has six area offices to assist with this program throughout the state.  For more information visit any USDA Rural Development office.

Lender Award: (Left to right) Daryl Krejci, Business Banking Manager, Vice President, Great Western Bank in Rapid City; Rural Development Area Director Tim Potts; Michael Hildebrandt, Business Banking Vice President at Great Western Bank in Rapid City; Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks and Marvin Larabee, Group President, Great Western Bank.

Lender Award: (Left to right) Daryl Krejci, Business Banking Manager, Vice President, Great Western Bank in Rapid City; Rural Development Area Director Tim Potts; Michael Hildebrandt, Business Banking Vice President at Great Western Bank in Rapid City; Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks and Marvin Larabee, Group President, Great Western Bank.

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