Huntington Bancshares Inc. will double its annual small-business lending during the next three years, in part by hiring 150 bankers who will look for companies that previously might not have qualified for credit.

"We are going to loosen our underwriting standards," Stephen Steinour, the president and chief executive of the Columbus, Ohio, regional banking company, said in an interview. "We're all in on this," he said. "We're not dabbling."

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