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2006 4th Quarter:

 Small Business Owners Speak Out

“I Like My Bank or Credit Union Because….”

Harland asked several small business owners to complete the above sentence. Their answers were surprisingly similar—no matter where they were based or what type of business they ran. Seems it all comes down to good old-fashioned personal service and a strong local connection. Read on:

MicrophoneLytia Brown
Atlanta, GA
“I know everyone at my bank. I have four accounts there—two business and two personal. I never have any problems at all. My family has a lot of history there. My parents have banked there as long as I can remember, and they still do. It was a natural choice for me because of this.”

MicrophoneBirgitte Pedersen
Gift shop proprietor
Solvang, CA
“I like my bank for one main reason: location. Itís about a quarter of a block away from my shop. I also like that I know all of the people there personally. I have always stayed with them, and I have been very happy.”

MicrophoneRobert Bright
Owner of a video business & a wedding planning business
Honolulu, HI
“We use two different banks. I like the free checking. I’m big on that. Also, the people are nice.”

MicrophoneMark Shnitkin, D.D.S.
Bethpage, NY
“The location of my credit union is very convenient. Also, I don’t have to fill out deposit slips, which saves me a lot of time. I just hand them my deposits and they take care of the rest. It’s like ticketless travel!”