BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, N.C., is taking its mandate as one of the top small-business lenders in the country very seriously.

The Small Business Administration chose BB&T in April as the most "small-business friendly" banking company of its size in the nation. And $31.5 billion-asset BB&T, as part of its marketing to small businesses, has begun offering a computer program that helps entrepreneurs decide whether they qualify for a loan.

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