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MATTOON -- First Mid Bank & Trust was named the Central/Southern Illinois Community Lender of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office for the sixth consecutive year.

This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Central and Southern Illinois in 2018.

Eric McRae, chief credit officer, stated, “We are honored to be recognized for our continued commitment to small businesses, fully recognizing the positive impact they have on the economy and quality of life in our communities.”

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office honored the state’s top small businesses and lenders at an awards ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago on May 16.

First Mid Bancshares, Inc. is the parent company of First Mid Bank & Trust, N.A., First Mid Insurance Group and First Mid Wealth Management Company.

First Mid Bank & Trust was first chartered in 1865 and has since grown into a $3.8 billion community-focused organization that provides financial services through a network of banking centers in Illinois and Missouri and a loan production office in Indiana.

More information about the company is available at www.firstmid.com.

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