Orlando Business Journal
December 14, 2012


Readers' Choice: Finance
By Bill Orben, Associate Managing Editor

OBJ readers again named SunTrust Bank as the best business bank. It's Orlando's largest bank, with 72 branches, $8.2 billion in deposits and a 23 percent market share. The bank is also one of the top U.S. Small Business Administration lenders in Central Florida.

Fairwinds Credit Union is the best local credit union, according to OBJ readers. Orlando-based Fairwinds has 155,019 members, $1.7 billion in assets, and $84.6 million worth of loans on its books, including $10.6 million commercial and industrial loans. Fairwinds is also a U.S. Small Business Administration lender and received preferred lender status from the federal agency in 2011. Launched in 1949, Fairwinds is open to anyone living or working in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Polk, Brevard or Lake counties.