Guam - Because it provided more than $7,000,000 in loans, ANZ was awarded the Small Business Administration's Best Lender in the Region Award today. Credit analyst Alana Oppermann was also awarded the SBA Banker of the Year Award, and said, "It's a tremendous honor, of course. It's a prestigious award, it's recognized nationally, so it's not just a local award and so of course I'm honored.

"It means that as an ANZ employee I have helped our business community in terms of servicing their needs."

Oppermann received the same award two years ago. ANZ American Territories CEO John Wade says the banking institution is a strong believer that investing in small business is a great investment to Guam's economy.