First National 1870 bank branches have started a small-business online lending program, in which businesses within 100 miles of Santa Fe can apply for loans through the internet.

The program launched in Santa Fe on Nov. 15, and promotions for online lending started Jan. 3.

“The [online] platform is going to allow us to provide more resources to small businesses to help them grow," First National market president Dolores Overton said in an interview.