About: Awards and Recognition

More Reasons to Enjoy the Difference!

At BankFIRST, our mission is to serve as the premier business bank in Central Florida. We pride ourselves on offering small and middle market businesses an alternative to traditional banking options, and understand that every company, no matter what the size, has unique banking needs. We’re committed to building strong relationships, while serving as your trusted financial partner – backed by the longevity of over two decades of banking excellence.

What makes BanKFIRST different? Our customers appreciate our unwavering pledge to deliver Gold Star Quality Service, while external organizations continue to recognize our performance excellence. These are some of the most recent awards and commendations earned by BankFIRST:

“#1 Community Bank SBA Lender”
as ranked by the U.S. Small Business Administration, North Florida District, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010.


BankFIRST was recognized as the recipient of the “#1 Community Bank SBA Lender” award, as selected from among the 43 counties covered by the district.

Community Bank SBA Lender

“The Most Admired Companies on the Space Coast”
by Spacecoast Business Magazine


“These are the companies – large and small, well established and emerging – that serve as ‘role models.’ Their success elevates and influences others. That, of course, is not limited to the bottom line; it includes a firm’s ability to adapt to changing markets and market conditions, to innovate and set trends, not simply follow them. These are companies, which not only hire, but inspire their workforce to excellence, at work and outside of work.”

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Best Community Bank for 2009 –
“Reader’s Choice Award” recipient, voted on by readers of the Orlando Business Journal.


At BankFIRST, our “Best Community Bank for 2009” designation is another reason customers can enjoy the difference. We’re consistently seeking out ways to provide our customers with the very best banking experience, resulting in our unwavering pledge to continually exceed expectations and provide Gold Star Quality Service.

Best Community Bank

#1 Small Business Lender – as ranked by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration from call reports from all Florida banks.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy report, BankFIRST received top rankings based on the most recent Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) data. The SBA defines small business loans as those under $1 million.

For businesses, BankFIRST offers the widest array of loan solutions in the Central Florida market, regardless of where the company resides on the business continuum. The bank’s highly regardedSBA Express Loan Center helps new and existing small businesses gain access to the most extensive range of government guaranteed loan programs available anywhere.

#1 Small Business Lender

#1 Community Bank SBA Lender in Central Florida

#1 Community Bank Lender in Central Florida

2009 Business Achievement Award – for Civic and
Community Efforts, Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce

2009 Business Achievement Award

Best Bank in Seminole County –
voted on by readers of the Sanford Herald

Best Bank in Seminole County