1st Source Bank launched its participation in the Small Business Administration (SBA) Veterans Pledge Initiative today in which it committed to increase lending to veteran small business owners. The bank also announced a series of workshops it will host to help veteran small business owners take advantage of the many lending opportunities that are available.
Jim Seitz, 1st Source President and Joe Kuzmitz, 1st Source Senior Vice President and head of Business Banking, made the announcement in conjunction with Marianne Markowitz, SBA Regional Director and Gail Gesell, SBA Indiana District Director. Also attending were South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.
“Over the past 150 years, 1st Source has shown a strong commitment to helping both active servicemen and women and veterans with their banking needs,” said Seitz. “We’re glad to strengthen that commitment today with our Veterans Pledge Initiative. By using our expertise as a leading SBA lender we’ll be able to help veterans get access to the small business loans they need to start and grow successful businesses.”
1st Source also announced a series of workshops to assist veterans. Workshops will cover the basics of developing a business plan, loan options for starting or growing a business, government contracting opportunities for business expansion and more. The first workshop will be held November 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the National College Building at 1030 East Jefferson Boulevard, Room 130. Additional workshops will be announced soon across northern Indiana. Those interested in attending the South Bend or subsequent workshops should contact Carrie Kosac at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Source also presented a $1,500 donation to Miller’s Vets in support of the assistance provided to veterans at the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center.
Photographed (left to right): Jim Seitz, 1st Source President; Gail Gesell, SBA Indiana District Director; and Joe Kuzmitz,1st Source Senior Vice President and head of Business Banking.