SBA Announces Julie Viola as 2021 STAR Award Recipient

GSB’s Julie Viola has been named the 2021 SBA STAR Award recipient. This award is given by the Maine District Office to an individual who supports the SBA’s programs and consistently exceeds expectations for their customers.

Julie is being recognized for her ongoing hard work with the SBA’s 7(a) Lending Program, CEI, GPCOG, SBDC and many other resource partners to better serve her small business customers. She is a SCORE mentor and regularly teaches classes on how to establish and operate a small business. She also serves on the Board for Portland Development Corporation.

Julie is dedicated to finding alternative lending resources when traditional bank financing can’t be offered. During the award presentation, the Maine SBA District Director remarked how one of Julie’s customers said that if she hadn’t taken the extra time to work with them on finding a creative solution, they would not still be in business today.

We’re grateful to have Julie managing our small business banking group in our commercial team at GSB. She is a force for good in our community. Congrats on this well-deserved recognition!