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U.S. Bank and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Introduce Small Business Loan Program - Capital!

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2005--U.S. Bank, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (DHCC) have partnered to offer Capital!, a national loan program aimed at lending to small businesses in high-growth Hispanic markets nationwide. U.S. Bank will provide referral payments to the chamber for every loan booked in this program developed through a partnership between U.S. Bank and the USHCC. Information about the program will be presented at an upcoming DHCC networking event in the fall.

Capital! provides a substantial new revenue stream for the chamber plus an important new benefit to attract new members as well as a source of new customers for U.S. Bank. U.S. Bank pays a referral fee to the chamber as a percentage of each loan, line of credit, or lease that is booked in the program. This new revenue stream will help the chamber meet mission-critical goals and objectives and their business members expand and create jobs.

The USHCC, based in Washington, D.C., represents the interests of more than two million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico, which earn more than $200 billion annually. It serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers nationwide and it actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs. Capital! establishes USHCC local chambers as sources of technical assistance and support for all small businesses that need capital to grow and prosper. U.S. Bank works directly with the USHCC and its local affiliates to meet the program's goals and objectives and to ensure the program is a success.

"We have heard the call of our affiliate chambers and are excited about Capital! which is designed to meet the substantial access-to-capital needs of Hispanic businesses nationwide," said Michael L. Barrera, president and chief executive officer of the USHCC. "We continue to find unique ways to partner with corporate America to create opportunities for growth and success for our entire constituency. Capital! is one of those critical programs that helps our business community move forward."

"U.S. Bank has had positive relationships with the Hispanic community over the years, and we have partnered with various Hispanic organizations. Through the Capital! program, we are confident that more Hispanic businesses will prosper, which is good for Denver," said Mark R. Smith, president of U.S. Bank in Denver.

The DHCC will provide technical assistance to businesses so that they are well prepared to qualify for access to capital. They will work in conjunction with a U.S. Bank small business banking officer designated as a loan executive to the program. Loans originated under this program will be underwritten with the same guidelines and with the same applicable fees, interest rates and other charges as loans originating from outside the program.

"The Capital! program demonstrates U.S. Bank's strong commitment to the growth of the Hispanic business community in Denver," said Jeffrey M. Campos, president and chief executive officer of the DHCC. "Securing financial support is a critical element for the Hispanic entrepreneur in building a business. The Capital! Program gives the small business owner a creative solution for a frequently difficult problem."

The technical assistance provider for the Capital! program is Cultura Business Communications of Denver. The organization will be helping DHCC business members by providing technical assistance, education and counseling to improve their ability to access capital with U.S. Bank.

Today, more than 80 percent of new jobs in the United States emerge from within the small business sector. The ability for these small businesses to gain access to capital creates a catalyst for job growth. This program recognizes the vital role of the Hispanic enterprise in the growth and development of the American economy and the importance of capital access for underserved small businesses.

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Note to Editors: There should be an inverted exclamation point before "Capital!".

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Amy Frantti, 612-303-0733


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