Comerica Inc. announced plans to expand its SBA lending nationally with the opening of a Small Business Administration lending office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company plans to enter at least five additional markets in the next two years.

"Our goal is to be one of the top five SBA lenders in the nation by the year 2000," said Margaret W. Bradsaw, executive vice president of Comerica Bank-California, who heads the bank's SBA lending efforts. Comerica ranks eighth among SBA lenders.

Comerica, which has assets of $36 billion, is a major SBA lender in California, Michigan, and Texas.

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