SBA Names BankRI Rhode Island’s Top Lender to Small Businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI –Bank Rhode Island (BankRI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL), was recently named the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) top lender to small businesses in Rhode Island. This marks the 5th consecutive year that BankRI has received this prestigious recognition.

Each year, the SBA evaluates Rhode Island banks on loan data from the prior fiscal year. Based on the number of SBA loans made in fiscal year 2013, BankRI led the field of banks in Rhode Island with 63 SBA loans. In addition, SBA loans made by BankRI featured the largest dollar amount with $10 million committed to Rhode Island businesses.

“As a local bank dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes grow and succeed in Rhode Island, we are extremely proud to receive this recognition—particularly as it represents our fifth consecutive year with the top designation,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “This success would not be possible without the incredible expertise and professionalism of our lenders, who are also able to meet the needs of our customers across a wide-range of additional products.”

BankRI’s financial experts are located at 18 branches across Rhode Island and are known for delivering exceptional customer service and individualized solutions to meet the specific needs of each customer. In addition to BankRI’s small business lending capabilities, the Bank offers a robust commercial lending program, investment services, and personal banking products.

About Bank Rhode Island

Bank Rhode Island, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL), is a full-service, FDIC-insured financial institution headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.  The bank operates 18 branches and more than 60 ATMs throughout Providence, Kent and Washington Counties. For more information, visit

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