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Amerant Bank Receives U.S. Small Business Administration’s Export Lender of the Year Award

Amerant Bank has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s 2023 Export Lender of the Year Award. The Export Lender of the Year Awards recognizes excellence in export financing. These awards highlight the accomplishments of lenders in delivering SBA’s international finance programs to small businesses, designed to help small businesses develop new markets, finance export transactions, and expand capacity to meet overseas demand.

“At Amerant Bank, we are committed to helping provide access to capital to small business export- ers in our markets. With locations in markets that serve as two of the biggest international hubs in the U.S., our team members are experts at understanding local exporters’ needs, including purchase order financing, asset-based facilities, and international trade loans,” said Yvonne Boucugnani, Head of SBA Lending at Amerant Bank. “By working together with the local SBA Export Of- fices, we are able to provide our customers the solutions they need to expand their export markets and increase job opportunities.”

With a growing SBA department, Amerant Bank placed the export loan programs as a central part of their strategy, with export loans accounting for more than half of their commitments. With strong growth under the EWCP program, Amerant applied for delegated authority in 2023.

“We are honored to recognize Regions Bank, Amerant Bank, and Berkshire Bank with the SBA’s Export Lender Awards for 2023. Access to capital is key for any business engaged in international trade. The export financing provided by our lending partners is crucial to bridging the trade finance gap and allowing American small businesses to open new markets,” said SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade Gabriel Esparza. “Small businesses engaged in international trade grow faster, pay higher wages, and have greater economic stability when com- pared to non-exporters. We are proud of the role each of these award-winning lending partners plays in supporting export activity.”

For more information about Amerant Bank, visit amerantbank.com.

Amerant Editorial Team
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