Press Release

Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Continues to Advance Strategy of Focusing on Core Services and Markets by Strengthening Small Business Administration Team

Company Release - 5/25/2023 7:00 AM ET
Allocates Additional Staff and Resources to Expand Ability to Serve Small Businesses

PHILADELPHIA, May 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Republic First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRBK) (the “Company”), the parent company of Republic First Bank d/b/a Republic Bank (the "Bank" or “Republic”), today announced that the Bank is dedicating additional resources to grow its Small Business Administration (“SBA”) team, under the direction of Executive Vice President, SBA Director Arnie Horvath.

Thomas X. Geisel, President and CEO of Republic First Bancorp, Inc., stated, “We are continuing to take decisive actions to further align the structure of Republic Bank with our overall strategy of focusing on our core businesses in our core markets. Today’s announcement is yet another step in this direction and underscores our commitment to supporting small businesses and providing them with the financial assistance they need to thrive.”

Republic Bank will be adding staff to the SBA team and transitioning it under the Commercial Lending Business to increase deal flow and leverage synergies. The SBA team has extensive experience in the Bank’s core markets extending into New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The additional resources being allocated to this group will allow for further expansion into these markets. 

“We recognize that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we are committed to helping them succeed,” said Arnie Horvath, Executive Vice President, SBA Director. “Supporting entrepreneurs and business owners in the communities we serve is an incredibly important part of our overall business. We are proud to announce during Small Business Month that we will be devoting even more resources to our SBA team’s loan programs, providing access to capital that can help fuel business growth and support job creation across industries.”

Republic’s SBA team is comprised of a dedicated group of experts with an average of 30+ years’ experience and a successful history of working with business owners and industry leaders to foster the expansion of small businesses through the use of various SBA programs. Importantly, the Bank has SBA Preferred Lender Program status (PLP) with delegated lending authority which allows it to make decisions quickly and in-house without prior SBA review. Loans can be structured to meet the unique needs of each customer with the greatest flexibility within the framework of the programs.

About Republic Bank

Republic Bank is the operating name for Republic First Bank. Republic First Bank is a full-service, state-chartered commercial bank, whose deposits are insured up to the applicable limits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Bank provides diversified financial products through its 34 offices located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey; Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and New York County in New York. For more information about Republic Bank, please visit

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