The Money Store Investment Corp. of Irvine was the top small-business lender in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the past 12 months, according to the Small Business Administration's district office in Santa Ana.
Money Store Investment is a loan company that specializes in making SBA-guaranteed loans. The Money Store provided loans of $26.37 million to 51 companies, most of which are based in Orange County, between October, 1989, and September, 1990, according to SBA figures.
The SBA this week released a list of the three counties' top providers of SBA loans. Under these federal programs, private lenders, usually banks, provide government-guaranteed loans to small businesses.
The second-biggest lender was Mechanics National Bank in Paramount, which has several branch offices in Orange County, with a total of $23.63 million loaned to 60 small businesses.