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U.S. Bank, SBA Reach Out to Small Businesses At California Hispanic Chamber Annual Meeting and Expo Aug. 1-3

Business & News/Assigment Editors

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2002--U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)

U.S. Bank and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have joined forces to sponsor seminars and one-on-one meetings with small businesses at the California Hispanic Chamber annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 1-3.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to learn the best strategies for gaining access to funding at the Access to Capital workshops on Friday, Aug. 2, sponsored by the SBA and U.S. Bank. Following the sessions, U.S. Bank representatives will meet with prospective loan applicants from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Walk-in appointments are available, and small businesses may submit loan materials on-site.

U.S. Bank is the SBA's exclusive partner for these sessions, and is also one of the convention's top corporate sponsors. The sponsorship is representative of U.S. Bank's overall commitment to become the best bank in America for Hispanics. As part of U.S. Bank's sponsorship, participants will have the opportunity to submit bids on U.S. Bank contracts. Representatives from the bank's procurement division will meet with prospective vendors, as part of the bank's commitment to choosing minority- and women-owned businesses as its suppliers.

Participants will also have a chance to meet with representatives of U.S. Bank's merchant card, home loan and leasing divisions at the conference, and will receive U.S. Bank tote bags to carry their materials. They will also see U.S. Bank as the primary sponsor of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality-Political Action Committee (HOPE PAC) luncheon on Friday, Aug. 2.

Hispanic businesses are of tremendous importance to U.S. Bank in a number of ways, said Alex Amaya, branch manager at the West Sacramento office of U.S. Bank. We are thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary event and serve the community in this way. We truly mean it when we say `Usted tiene amigos en U.S. Bank!'

U.S. Bank is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB). With assets in excess of $173 billion, U.S. Bancorp is the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,131 banking offices and 4,818 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.



Teri Charest, Media Relations, 612/973-4594




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