November 2017
EDF Board Member Wins National Award!
Congratulations to Mitchell Blue who recently received The Coleman Reports Mission-Based Small Business Lender of the Year Award! This award is for outstanding and innovative SBA lending professionals and nominations were received from SBA Industry Leaders all over the country. Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending and SBA Product Manager at Traverse City State Bank, was one of only a few selected for the award.

Mitchell has many years of experience working with the SBA. He is an active EDF Board and Loan Committee member and utilizes all of the SBA loan programs to deliver his customers with the best loan options, given their financing needs. Since 2009 alone, Mitchell has had over 40 SBA 504 Loans approved and he has multiple others in the pipeline. The EDF team is honored to partner with Mitchell and to be part of his mission.

Congratulations Mitchell on this acomplishment!
If you are in the Grand Rapids area, please join us on December 13th, 2017 at SpeakEZ Lounge anytime between 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM for our Holiday Open House! To register, please email Kyle at Hope we see you there!
Lender Leader Board
EDF  would like to thank all of the lenders that have had loans authorized with us so far this fiscal year. At the end of our fiscal year (9/30/18), the lending institution with the most loan approvals will receive our Lender of the Year Award. Additionally, all lenders that work with EDF  will have the opportunity to compete in next year's Lenders Cup Golf Tournament!
Traverse City State Bank
2 Loans
Chase Bank
1 Loan
Comerica Bank
1 Loan
Grand River Bank
1 Loan
Union Bank
1 Loan
FY 2018 Total
Totals as of 10/31/2017
6 Loans
Call EDF for your 7(a) Packaging Needs

EDF   can assist your bank or credit union with 7(a) Loan eligibility and questions. We can also prepare loan applications and submit them directly to the SBA for approval. If you do not have an in-house SBA specialist, please consider using  EDF.  For more information, please call Amy Dubridge at (616) 323-1279  or you may send an email to
Schedule a Lunch and Learn
EDF  would love the opportunity to bring lunch to your organization, get to know your entire team, and do a brief presentation on the benefits of the 504 Loan Program. We are currently scheduling into January and February. If you would like to set up a time, please call Kyle Wilson at  (616) 323-1272  or you may send an email to
EDF Staff
Julie Parker
(616) 323-1276
Loan Officers

Bradd Pierce
Senior Loan Officer
(616) 323-1277
Gary Witkowki
Loan Officer
(616) 323-1275

Credit Department

Amy DuBridge
Junior Loan Officer
& 7(a) Specialist
(616) 323-1279

Matt Mankivsky
Junior Loan Officer
(616) 323-1278

Closing Department

Abbey Byrne
Closing Manager
(616) 323-1274

Laura Seromik
Closing Specialist
(616) 323-1273
Servicing Department

Kyle Wilson
Servicing Manager
(616) 323-1272

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