Helping Small Business Fuel the Economy
Whether you work for a small business or rely on one for the things you need, we all understand the critical role that startups and expanding businesses play in our communities and our lives. That’s why we continue to do everything we can to partner with entrepreneurs and small business owners. These stories highlight local lending and investing, personal ingenuity, and a passion to create and retain jobs and offer new products and services. We hope they remind you of what we can achieve together.
Nov 02, 2011
America is the land of opportunity, where the entrepreneurial spirit thrives. Each year, an estimated 600,000 businesses are created. For some, it’s about taking a chance on a “big idea.” For others, like Michael Freeman, it’s about carrying out a vision… learn More about A sweet dream: The best of chocolates under one roof
Nov 01, 2011
The life sciences, spanning from biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to medical devices and diagnostics, are a cornerstone of Massachusetts’ innovation economy. Representing more than 80,000 jobs in the Bay State, the industry has continued to grow despite the national recession… learn More about Investing and empowering biotech innovations in Massachusetts
Cardenas Marketing Network, with roots in Chicago, sponsors live events nationwide to reach the hispanic market
Sep 25, 2011
Many Fortune 500 companies turn to entrepreneur Henry Cardenas—founder, president and CEO of the Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN)—for his expertise in reaching the Latino consumer… learn More about Cardenas Marketing Network, with roots in Chicago, sponsors live events nationwide to reach the hispanic market
A seven-decade banking relationship helps legendary Pink's Hot Dogs grow from hot dog cart to L.A. icon
Oct 27, 2011
When it comes to Hollywood icons, there's the Hollywood sign, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and Pink's Hot Dogs. Pink's, located at the corner of Melrose and La Brea, has long attracted crowds drawn to their Famous Chili Dogs, and their addictive fries, burgers, onion rings and burritos… learn More about A seven-decade banking relationship helps legendary Pink's Hot Dogs grow from hot dog cart to L.A. icon
Nov 07, 2011
In the early 1950s, America was on the move. The country’s entrepreneurial spirit was turning into high gear as life was becoming faster. Cars were ubiquitous and the modern American fast food restaurant, due to its convenience and price, was born, rivaling the formal, sit-down meal… learn More about An iconic burger restaurant is a landmark in its Seattle community
*$17.7 billion in new credit to small businesses in 2011 (includes both new originations and renewals).