(San Antonio, TX) The U. S. Small Business Administration has named First State Bank Central Texas the 2011 Community/Rural Lender of the Year for the San Antonio District. The announcement was made and the award presented at the annual Small Business Week Award celebration hosted by the Omni Hotel in San Antonio. The award is presented annually to the bank that has demonstrated the strongest commitment to the SBA and the small business community. In presenting the award, SBA Deputy District Director Ronald E. Dear praised First State Bank Central Texas as well as its directors, officers and staff for extraordinary service to small businesses throughout South and Central Texas. “First State Bank Central Texas has supported the growth and expansion of small businesses that are not able to obtain financing assistance on reasonable terms elsewhere, especially underserved markets,” said Mr. Dear. Doug Marwitz, President of the First State Bank Central Texas Mopac Banking Center in Austin says the award means a great deal and is a significant honor.“We are extremely proud of this award and what it says about our bank and our commitment to small business,” said Mr. Marwitz. “In our business, it sometimes just comes down to how hard you are willing to work to make a customer relationship successful. The thing I am most proud of is how seriously our bank takes those opportunities.” Since 1963, every president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation. In addition, it recognizes SBA partners for their support of financial assistance and entrepreneurial development. First State Bank Central Texas has 31 locations across Central Texas and the Hill Country. Founded in Central Texas more than 100 years ago, the bank is one of the largest and strongest independent community banks in Texas with more than $1 billion in assets.