The last time the name of any lender other than The Money Store Investment Corp. ranked first among lenders using the Small Business Administration's 7(a) loan guarantee program was in 1982.

In the nearly 13 years since the Sacramento, Calif.-based SBA lender first achieved the No. 1 ranking, it has developed a nationwide system of 65 offices. During the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the company posted a 39.1% rise in new SBA loan volume, to $470.8 million. That's more than four times the volume of its nearest competitor, Heller First Capital Corp.

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