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Bob Polito

Robert graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in Public Policy & Government, an MBA from the University of New Haven and a post-graduate business certificate from the University of Connecticut. He has 25 years of banking experience and 22 years in commercial lending. In 2003, Robert was awarded the U.S Small Business Administration’s Financial Advocate of the Year in Connecticut and in 2007, he accepted the SBA’s Award for Lending Excellence at the U.S. State Department, Washington, DC., only one of two awarded in the Nation. He was named in the Coleman Report as one of the twenty most influential bankers in the SBA industry in the Nation in 2008. In 2009, Robert was named “Veteran Business Champion of the Year” by the SBA’s Connecticut District Office. Robert was recently elected president of the SBA’s “CT Key to the Future”, the SBA’s educational and business outreach non-profit entity. Robert has been quoted in The New Haven Register, The Hartford Courant, The Hartford Business Journal, CNN-Money and The Wall Street Journal. He has been employed at Webster Bank for 17 years. Robert is a former Army captain serving with Connecticut’s 1/102d & 1/169th Infantry Battalions as a company commander. He was twice awarded The Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity while serving as a member of his Unit. He is an Army ROTC graduate from UCONN. He was selected as an Honorary Grand Marshal for the 2010 Greater Hartford Veteran’s Day Parade. Robert has served on numerous boards and was the president of the University of New Haven's alumni association. Bob is presently the vice-chairman of CT's Masonic Charity Foundation. Bob resides in Madison, CT with his wife Lori of 23 years. They are members of Old Lyme Country Club. To reach Bob Polito: Email: Cell: 203-823-7664 LinkedIn:

Bob's Blog Articles

The SBA has made it a top priority to assist veterans in financing their businesses or even starting up a business. In June of 2007, the SBA created the very popular SBA Patriot Express Loan Program. [. . .]
In the past two years, eligible businesses allowed to borrow from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) , has increased to an estimated 97% in the U.S.! People seek SBA-guaranteed loans to start or buy a business, buyout a partner, get working capital, extend a loan or get a lower down payment on an asset purchase. Whatever your reason, here are six tips to help make your small business more attractive to SBA Lenders. [. . .]