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FAIRWINDS Credit Union SBA Credit Union of the Year

Orlando, Fla. (April 8, 2010) - FAIRWINDS Credit Union has been recognized as an Outstanding SBA Supporter and the Credit Union of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District Office for Fiscal Year 2009.

The credit union will be recognized at the 18th Annual Small Business Week Celebration to be held on Thursday, May 13th at the University Center at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

FAIRWINDS has been working with the SBA since 2001 and in 2009 approved $1,395,300 in loans through the SBA to its members.

FAIRWINDS Credit Union, headed by President/CEO Larry Tobin, is the largest credit union based in Central Florida, with assets over $1.5 billion, more than 140,000
members and nearly 500 employees. The financial cooperative established in 1949 is open to anyone living or working in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Polk, Brevard or Lake counties, including The Villages. Membership also is available to family of members who live outside the seven eligible counties. For more information, visit