Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) is introducing Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM, a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services to help more small businesses achieve financial success. With the new initiative, Wells Fargo also is announcing a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018. Wells Fargo Works for Small Business provides wide-ranging support for business owners throughout the U.S. to help them build knowledge, access capital and expand their community of support. Wells Fargo Works for Small Business encompasses the company’s commitment to helping small businesses grow. “Working with small business owners is one of the most important things we do at Wells Fargo. We know America needs small businesses to grow, add jobs and prosper for our economy to fully thrive,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo’s head of Small Business. “Through Wells Fargo Works for Small Business and our new lending goal, we want to provide the support small businesses across the country need to move forward.” “Wells Fargo Works for Small Businessis our commitment to help small businesses in more ways than ever before. It encompasses the products, services and resources needed for small business owners to take the next step to reach their business goals,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo chief marketing officer. “Most importantly, Wells Fargo Works for Small Business is delivered every day by our bankers who partner with business owners to help them succeed financially.” For 11 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has loaned more dollars to America’s small businesses than any other bank (CRA 2002-2012). Wells Fargo also is the No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars for each of last five years and the first lender to approve more than $1 billion in SBA 7(a) loans in a single year.