In an era of increased support for small and local businesses, one bank is doing their best to support small-business owners, with a local connection and personal touch. Community First Bank’s commercial banking department does just that, offering the full service of a larger bank with a more personal connection.
“When you bank locally, you receive a team of people who truly want you to succeed,” says Gavin Fisher, a commercial lender with Community First Bank. “Banking local is more creative for business owners because we the bankers want to see our neighbors, community members and businesses succeed to keep our local economy moving in the right direction.”
Community First Bank began in 2003 in Howard County, and has since grown to include two branches in Westfield as well as a bank branch and loan production office in Noblesville. It was founded on the belief that the bank employees work for the community by doing more than just granting loans and cashing checks, through servicing the community and being a neighbor.
“It’s not all about making the most profit, taking the lowest risk possible and putting people in certain credit boxes,” Fisher says. “It is about profiting the community in which we serve by providing funds to those who want to make where they live a better place for all people who live, work and visit in our community.”
Every time an employee of Community First Bank steps up to help a local business, they work to personalize each plan and do their best to work with the client.
“Gavin has answered my calls during his vacation, brings papers to my home for signatures, has advised me on business acquisitions and has introduced me to my current financial advisor,” says Desmond Mathews, CEO of Cornerstone Support Services. “I depend on Gavin for a lot of things, and I hold this relationship very dear.”
Mathews is grateful for the support Community First Bank offers business owners, especially when the bank provided the financing for him to pursue a new business.
“That will provide for me and my family for the rest of our lives,” he says. “Community First feels like doing business with family that wants you to succeed.”
Scott Hammersley, commercial loan group manager, knows local businesses need local minds to help them succeed. If a banker lives and works in their community, their mission will be to see the community, family and friends succeed.
“Local decision-making sets Community First Bank apart,” he says. “Often, our clients get to meet with a decision-maker and tell their story, as well as ask and answer questions in person. At times, they will meet the actual underwriter.”
This one-on-one effort is what has helped Jason Crace, principal shareholder at Crace + Beam CPAs, work with Community First Bank.
“They have always been willing to help me achieve my business goals and provide solutions that fit best for my business model – and have always done that with professionalism and great care,” he says.
To learn more about how Community First Bank can help your local business grow and succeed, visit their website at CFBindiana.com, visit the office at 17661 Village Center Drive, Noblesville or call 317-399-7500. This is a paid advertorial from Community First Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 614034.