Table: Who To Bank On

How are the nation's banking behemoths treating small business? To find 
      out, the Small Business Administration reviewed the 1998 lending practices of 
      the country's 57 largest banks (those with assets greater than $10 billion), 
      assigning each a "friendliness" score. The envelope please...
      
      MOST FRIENDLY BANKS SMALL BUSINESS
      
      BANK                   LOCATION
      
      1. NORWEST CORP.       Minneapolis
      
      2. BB&T CORP.          Winston-Salem, N.C.
      
      3. SOUTHTRUST CORP.    Birmingham, Ala.
      
      4. WELLS FARGO & CO.   San Francisco
      
      5. FIRSTAR CORP.       Milwaukee
      
      LEAST FRIENDLY BANKS*
      
      47. BANKERS TRUST      New York
      
      46. J.P. MORGAN        New York
      
      45. STATE STREET CORP. Boston
      
      44. REGIONS            Birmingham, Ala.
           FINANCIAL CORP.
      
      43. REPUBLIC NEW YORK  New York
      
      MOST FRIENDLY BANKS SMALL BUSINESS
      
                               LOANS AS %       SMALL         TOTAL
                              OF BUSINESS      BUSINESS     BANK ASSET
      BANK                   LENDING (97-98)  LOAN GROWTH     GROWTH
      1. NORWEST CORP.            57%            16%            5%
      2. BB&T CORP.               59             27             33
      3. SOUTHTRUST CORP.         40             32             19
      4. WELLS FARGO & CO.        28             8              -6
      5. FIRSTAR CORP.            40             3              3
      
      LEAST FRIENDLY BANKS*
      
      47. BANKERS TRUST           0.3%           -49%           37%
      46. J.P. MORGAN             2              80             21
      45. STATE STREET CORP.      2              5              11
      44. REGIONS                 5              -89            22
           FINANCIAL CORP.
      43. REPUBLIC NEW YORK       15             -3             10
      
      *THERE ARE ONLY 47 RANKED POSITIONS BECAUSE OF TIES.
      
      DATA: SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF ADVOCACY
      
      
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