San Diego's Bank of Commerce has emerged from an area ravaged by bank failures and thrift closures to capture the crown of the biggest Small Business Administration bank lender in the nation.

The $325 million institution made $62 million worth of SBA loans in fiscal 1995, more dollar volume than any other bank in the country, according to the SBA. The bank is on pace to generate more than $120 million in SBA loans this year.

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