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Oakland County Business Finance Corporation Names Clarkston State Bank "2010 Bank of the Year"

Public Date: 4/6/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing & Communications Officer, Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

The Oakland County Business Finance Corporation (OCBFC) named Clarkston State Bank as its 2010 Bank of the Year.

The selection is based on the number of loans that the bank participated in for the 2010 fiscal year, and in recognition of outstanding service and commitment to Oakland County and the Small Business Association (SBA) 504 loan program. Clarkston State Bank participated in 19 percent of the approved and funded loans with total project investment of $4.3 million and 64 jobs created and/or retained.

"Small business lending is a vital component of turning the economy around," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "Clarkston State Bank deserves recognition for its outstanding support of small businesses in Oakland County."

The OCBFC presented the award to Clarkston State Bank at the annual SBA Lenders Conference held in Lansing in March. 

"We've worked hard to provide financial support to businesses in our communities and are pleased to be recognized by the BFC as the top community bank SBA 504 provider," said J. Grant Smith, president and CEO of Clarkston State Bank. "Working with the BFC has been beneficial for us and our customers. They have dedicated resources to assist us in offering the SBA 504 loan program to our local businesses."

Clarkston State Bank operates four offices in north Oakland County: 15 S. Main St., Clarkston; 6461 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston; 5800 S. Main St., Clarkston; and 6600 Highland Road, Waterford. Clarkston State Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clarkston Financial Corporation (Symbol "CKFC") a holding company listed on the Over the Counter exchange.

The OCBFC, authorized under the SBA's Certified Development Company program in 1982, was formed to stimulate the growth and expansion of the region's small businesses. The BFC also acts as an agent to analyze, package and submit loan requests under the SBA 504 loan program and is a servicing agent for the approved loans.

For more information about the OCBFC or the SBA 504 loan program, vist

Attached photo (left to right):

Allen Cook, Acting District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

J. Grant Smith, President and CEO, Clarkston State Bank

Rebecca McGovern, Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Clarkston State Bank

Nichole Smith, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Clarkston State Bank

Nicole Thomson, Loan & Finance Officer, Oakland County Business Finance Corporation

Marianne O’Brien Markowitz, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration