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Each month, we'll introduce you to one of our newest NAGGL members and find out what they find most valuable about NAGGL membership.


Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) is a mission-driven non-profit lender that is the largest small business focused Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Georgia, serving 68 counties. We provide loans and business  development services to underserved people and places, with a focus on diverse entrepreneurs. Since making its first small business loan in 2000, ACE has reached the milestone of having deployed more than $72 million in loans to over 1,000 businesses that have created or retained more than 8,500 jobs for Georgians. ACE’s goal is to promote job growth and retention by helping small business owners create and grow strong, sustainable businesses. ACE is a CDFI, SBA Microlender Intermediary, SBA Community Advantage Lender, and a USDA intermediary.

NAGGL offers an active pulse on the ever-changing world of SBA lending process to help ensure Baker Hill is best supporting clients. The Baker Hill NextGen® platform is a single unified platform that streamlines loan origination and portfolio risk management for commercial, small business, consumer and SBA lending, delivers sophisticated analytics and marketing solutions, and is the expert solution for relationship management, CECL and analytics for financial institutions.

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Special Opportunities Group (SOG) is actively supporting our banking clients with remote SBA loan underwriting, diligence, and compliance projects. Our group provides banking and lending clients with senior professionals who have been credit trained as bankers, lenders, originators, underwriters, and federal examiners. With the passing of the CARES Act, please see further information on SBA Loan underwriting support at the following: CW SBA REMOTE RESOURCES

Bank of Central Florida is a community bank that was founded to serve the financial needs of the local marketplace. We are guided by a local Board of Directors in the Central Florida area. Our team consists of experienced, talented bankers that are entrepreneurially-minded and take the time to understand a client's personal and business financial goals. Bank of Central Florida helps communities thrive by offering financial products and services to support consumers, small businesses, & commercial enterprises as they grow and succeed.

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP (JBBG) is a full-service business law firm with a group of attorneys that specialize in providing high quality, cost-effective legal services in connection with closing government-guaranteed loans and conventional loans, as well as forbearance, enforcement and collections related to all types of government-guaranteed loans and conventional loans. JBBG is excited to join NAGGL because of the invaluable resource for training in all facets of the government-guaranteed programs that is provided to all its members. In addition, JBBG is looking to expand its relationships with government-guaranteed lenders and is honored for the opportunity to be a part of NAGGL’s network of industry specialists. 

CFSI Loan Management is a national provider of construction risk mitigation services to Banks, Credit Unions and non-Bank SBA Lenders. CFSI delivers GC Reviews; Project Feasibilities; Fund Control; and Inspections for any size and scope of SBA 7a or 504 project. CFSI has provided our services since 2012 and counts many active regional and national SBA Lenders as valued clients. CFSI is excited about the opportunity to become a valued and active member of NAGGL.

With the growing economy and the increasing need for SBA loans, our loyal bank clients have asked to partner with us on securing these loans for their customers. We are proud to partner with NAGGL to ensure that our expertise surrounding the legal complexity for SBA loans remains top notch. At Shumaker, we strive to abide by our brand promise of Involved- with our community and the rapidly evolving legal needs of our clients. Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service business law firm with more than 265 attorneys in seven locations.

Ponte Investments LLC is an independent sales organization providing the marketing, sales, application, packaging, pre-underwriting, underwriting support and customer service for Financial Institutions across the U.S. We pride ourselves on the integrity, quality, and completeness of the SBA Loan packages we deliver to our banking partners. We are honored to be able to assist thousands of small businesses reach their goals and achieve success. Ponte Investments LLC is a member of  NAGGL because they are the proven source for staying apprised of the SBA industry. We appreciate the support and guidance of the NAGGL Community.

Sabre Finance seeks to stimulate economic development through the provision of financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses, particularly those locating or wishing to locate in distressed areas of Alabama in general and the Birmingham region specifically. This is achieved through the provision of business counseling/coaching and creative lending practices created for the individual client. Sabre has operated primarily through SBA microloans and state-funded program with plans to expand its lending resources.

Based in Tampa, Florida, Spirides Hospitality Finance Company arranges mortgages and loans for hotel owners across the United States for new ground-up construction, acquisition, debt refinancing, renovation, and other types of hotel capital projects. Members of the Spirides family have owned, operated, developed, and advised hotels and restaurants for over 90 years since the 1920s. “We have joined NAGGL to meet a lot more SBA lenders across the United States to better serve our hotel owner clients and their financing needs,” says Harry G. Spirides, President of Spirides Hospitality Finance Company.

Birmingham City Wide Local Development Company (BCW) is one of four SBA Certified Development Companies in the state of Alabama. BCW has provided financial resources to small businesses seeking to start or expand current operations resulting in more than $350 million in 504 loans to small businesses and the creation of more than 6,000 jobs. We are thrilled to join NAAGL and look forward to learning from and continuing to support the SBA lending community.

Preferred Lending Partners is committed to community development and job creation. We are a creative financing connection that enables small businesses to become fixtures in our community. We are driven by honesty and integrity.  Preferred Lending Partners provides SBA services to banks and borrowers throughout the state of Colorado, helping them thrive in our community. We’re honored to be part of NAGGL. We look forward to participating in conferences and learning from the NAGGL community.

National Business Valuation, LLC is a leading provider of private closely held business valuations for 7a SBA lenders. Recognized by the SBA as a qualified source to perform certified SBA business valuations in all 50 states. In association with NAGGL, National Business Valuation helps America’s small businesses realize their value through transition and acquisition. Joining NAGGL is a natural extension of NBV's commitment to SBA lending and building relationships with small business owners.

TFNB Your Bank for Life has been serving central Texas since 1889. We are the seventh oldest national bank in Texas that is still operating under its original charter. With TFNB being a Preferred Lender, we are able to offer secured financing nationwide ranging from $20,000 to $5 million. We look forward to joining the NAGGL organization, and to continue with their skilled training in order to better equip our SBA lenders to serve the needs of our customers.

McCune Construction Services Group is a specialized firm that can assist you with construction funds monitoring and inspection services on a nationwide basis. We primarily do SBA and USDA as well as commercial loans. We offer construction funds monitoring, construction funds disbursement with lien waiver management, construction contract and plans reviews, Completion Guarantee and ProAssurance (more elevated level of service exclusive to McCune for those loan structures that may require more oversight and management). We are excited to join the NAGGL community and learn more from all they have to offer.

Warbird Consulting Partners is a small business entity with proven and trusted advisor to lending institutions, government agencies, and healthcare providers.  Warbird provides event driven, independent third-party examinations, due diligence reviews, portfolio analytics, trend analysis and risk assessments. We specialize in verification of eligibility, reviews of: credit, underwriting, servicing, suspicious activity, quality control, and anti-money laundering. We use seasoned staff with 20+ years of hands-on SBA loan product and credit experience that fully understand SBA’s regulations and processes. 

U.S. Century Bank (USCB) is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Miami with assets surpassing $1 billion. We are committed to providing highly individualized services and business solutions by offering its customers a wide range of financial products and services. At USCB, we understand the importance of partnering with reputable organizations that understand the administration, its changes and how these impact small businesses in our communities. As we strengthen our product offering with the implementation of our new SBA division, we want to continue empowering our professionals with ongoing training and development as it relates to SBA policies, eligibility, origination, servicing, etc. For this reason, we have joined NAGGL, an organization that has been most significant in ensuring a successful and ongoing career for many lenders and related professionals in the industry.

L Tripp Consulting provides consulting services to Banks and Supervised Lenders. L Tripp Consulting can act as an Independent Loan Review function for Lenders using our SBA-experienced Loan Reviewers, who are the Best in the Industry. L Tripp Consulting can also prepare Lenders for their upcoming SBA Exam as well as review and update a Lender’s Credit Policy. We are proud to be associated with NAGGL and look forward to participating in the NAGGL conferences.

NAGGL’s commitment to leadership, excellence and success captures the essence of our company’s mission. AVC is a premier business valuation services firm. We provide valuation services for SBA financing, transaction, tax, and litigation purposes. We focus on empowering business leaders to advance their strategic, and financial agendas through robust financial modeling and analytics. Our wealth of experience and hands-on approach provide our clients with independent and sustainable opinions tailored to their organization's specific needs.

The SBA has a storied history of helping entrepreneurs and NAGGL is the preeminent community of members dedicated to supporting the mission. LCG is a transaction advisory services firm that provides business valuations to support SBA transactions, along with other due diligence and corporate advisory services for banks and lower middle market businesses. We take pride in playing a role in the growth of both small businesses and financial institutions, and we value the leadership and educational opportunities that NAGGL provides. We are proud to be a member of NAGGL and look forward to the future!

At Citizens Union Bank we have been going beyond expectations since 1888. Citizens Union Bank's SBA department lends in four states; Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. The Bank is actively financing special purpose commercial real estate along with business acquisitions via the 7A loan program. Our primary goal is to help customers achieve their dreams via an SBA loan. 

Georgia’s Own Credit Union has been a source of full-service banking and financial solutions for Georgians since 1934. As a not-for-profit institution, we’re owned by and report to our members, enabling us to provide lower loan rates and fewer fees than what is typically found in the market. Georgia’s Own serves metro Atlanta and surrounding areas, as well as Savannah and Augusta, through our 23 branch locations. We are honored to be a part of NAGGL and look forward to learning from the NAGGL community.

NAGGL is our trusted source for industry news, advocacy and training. I have personally been a member for many years (through numerous banks) and had the pleasure to serve on many committees and have found the knowledge, information and friendships made as a result of my relationship with NAGGL to be invaluable to our success as an SBA leader. - Rocco P. Perate, Meridian Bank

NAGGL is a must-have tool in any SBA lender’s toolbox. NAAGL provides the most current, accurate and relevant information for all phases in the SBA lending cycle. Their guidance strengthens our ability to be successful within the program and to meet the needs of our small business clients. Headquartered in Florence, Oregon and serving the lending needs of our Lane, Coos, and Douglas County neighbors, Oregon Pacific Bank is committed to aiding the growth and development of our local business owners. NAGGL is a wonderful resource that helps us fulfill our promise to be the partner that makes our communities stronger, as we invest local deposits directly into the lives, homes, and businesses of our friends and neighbors.

Greater Commercial Lending (GCL) is a subsidiary of Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU) and provides expert lending services to businesses across the United States in sectors such as renewable energy, community facilities, industrial, mining, commercial and export lending.  As a two-time USDA National Lender of the Year and an SBA Lender of the Year, GCL is proud to partner with the NAGGL community and support government guaranteed lending.

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