For the last 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has sought and honored small business individuals who have significantly contributed to the economic growth and strength of the nation through their work within their local communities.
The SBA Houston District Office serves 32 counties and accepts nominations in seven different award categories. To be nominated for Financial Services Champion of the Year, an individual must assist small businesses through advocacy efforts and increase usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services to small businesses.
Bruce Hurta is the Business Lending Manager at Member's Choice Credit Union (MCCU) in Houston. He joined MCCU in 2009, at a time when there was a strong need for access to capital in the small business community. Together with colleague, Pat Harris, the MCCU SBA loan program was created and has awarded over $42 million in business loans to small business owners in a variety of industries since. In 2011, Member's Choice Credit Union received the distinction as a Preferred Lender from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a designation that is granted to only eight other lending institutions in Texas. As an SBA Preferred Lender, Members Choice Credit Union has the authority to make lending decisions that streamline the process of applying for and receiving a small business loan. This allows MCCU to provide greater financial assistance to the community of small business owners in the Houston area. In the last three consecutive years since 2011, Member's Choice Credit Union has been ranked as one of the top 10 SBA lenders in Houston by the Small Business Administration.
As a passionate ambassador for the SBA program with over 20 years of experience, Bruce Hurta continues to inspire small business owners, commercial property realtors , small business brokers, and other local business professionals to seek lower down payments, longer repayment terms, and easier qualifying criteria through small business lending with the SBA 504 and SBA 7(a) loans. Bruce has served as respected small business financing expert in the Houston community and regularly attends monthly meetings of various professional organizations for commercial realtors, business brokers, and other small business professionals, including the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, and Houston Commercial Real Estate Network. Mr. Hurta was honored for his achievements at the Houston District Small Business Awards Luncheon sponsored by SCORE Houston, held on June 12, 2014 at the JW Marriott.
About Member's Choice Credit Union
Member's Choice Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution established in 1941, and proudly serves residents and business owners in West Harris county, Katy, Cy-Fair, and more than 200 Partner Companies. Members Choice has more than 40,000 members and $457 million in assets. As a U.S. Small Business Administration Preferred Lender, MCCU is proud to provide a variety of services for small business owners in the Houston community and has been ranked as one of the top 10 lenders in the SBA Houston district for the last three years. For more information, visit www.mccu.com.