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.
Jul 20, 2012
Sixteen years ago, entrepreneur David Zimmer opened Fleet Feet Sports Chicago,retail stores for the city’s runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities. Building on the success of the stores, Zimmer needed to find the right financial partner to help him develop a long-term financing plan—and be a sounding board for potential opportunities… learn More about Chicago's Fleet Feet Sports expands its business with financing and small business expertise
Oct 19, 2012
In 2004, entrepreneur Stacy Johnson made a momentous decision. Over the past six years, she had painstakingly grown Stacia, her retail clothing business, from a single storefront and design studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn to a popular product line carried in 300 boutiques in the U.S. and abroad… learn More about How the California Lifestyle Inspired a Successful Fashion Brand
Aug 24, 2012
Ahmed Hassan had a dream to escape minimum wage and start a business that would fulfill a vital need in his community. Together with his father and brother, he conceived Virgo Medical – a reliable, safe ambulance services for the densely populated area surrounding East Orange, New Jersey… learn More about Determination Spells Success for a Burgeoning Business
Aug 24, 2012
After operating in San Diego for over 38 years and developing a reputation as a top-notch, full-service bicycle store serving both families and cycle enthusiasts, Black Mountain Bicycles had the opportunity to relocate its store in 2011 to a larger location with higher visibility and increased foot traffic… learn More about How one shop is supporting multiple generations of cyclists
Aug 10, 2012
Since the San Antonio Winery was started in L.A.’s Little Italy in 1917, four generations of Riboli family members have run their business by pursuing a strategy of logical growth—and the financing to get them there… learn More about At San Antonio Winery, a four-generation family tradition of making wine and growing their business
*$17.7 billion in new credit to small businesses in 2011 (includes both new originations and renewals).