Portland-Headquartered Bank Expands Middle-Market Team in Phoenix


Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, announced the expansion of its Phoenix-based middle market banking team with the addition of five new members to support its rapid growth in serving mid-size companies across Arizona. Today's announcement marks the latest development in Umpqua's Western U.S. expansion. Late last year, Umpqua hired … [More]

Northern Trust Appoints New Phoenix Region President


Northern Trust has appointed Curtiss Smith as Phoenix Region President, where he will lead the team in the delivery of outstanding client service and accelerate the growth of the Northern Trust Wealth Management platform. Most recently, Smith served as Senior Banking Director for Northern Trust markets in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. Previously, he held positions at … [More]

Western Alliance Bank Announces Executive Promotions, Newly Formed Executive Leadership Team


Western Alliance Bank, one of the country's top-performing banking companies, announced the promotions of several senior executives and the formation of a new Executive Leadership Team as part of the bank’s continuing commitment to align its management structure to support its industry-leading growth. “I am delighted to share these well-deserved promotions with our … [More]

FirstBank Sees Sustained Growth and Top Workplace Ranking


FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” announced continued growth in assets, deposits, and income as part of its 2022 second quarter summary of the company’s holdings and activities. At the end of June, FirstBank’s Arizona division saw total assets climb to $1.5 billion, up 41 percent from the same period in 2021. … [More]

Bank Extends Grant Down Payment Program for Homebuyers in Phoenix


BMO Financial Group announced the extension of its Welcome Home Grant down payment program in Chicago and Phoenix. The program offers grants to eligible borrowers to help with down payment and closing costs, helping buyers in underserved communities access the credit they need and accelerate their dream of homeownership. When paired with other home financing … [More]

Arizona Bank among Top 25 Publicly Traded Banks in the U.S.


Bank Director, the leading information resource for directors and officers of financial institutions nationwide, released its RankingBanking study, sponsored by Crowe LLP. This study ranks the 300 largest publicly traded banks in the country by metrics that examine profitability, asset quality, capital adequacy and total shareholder return. Bank Director … [More]

New Community Bank Launches ‘Lemonade Stand Microloans’ for Small Business


Scottsdale Community Bank is excited to announce its dynamic, innovative “Lemonade Stand Microloans” program. This creative concept for small businesses was rolled out during the highly anticipated Grand Opening of Scottsdale Community Bank. Scottsdale Community Bank is the first new community bank established in Arizona in over 14 years, and it is unique in combining … [More]

New Details Emerge about How AZ Businesses Can Win Fed Infrastructure Funds

by Alexis Glascock

New details have emerged regarding how small businesses might be able to win some of the federal dollars flowing to the State of Arizona as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill, signed into law by President Biden in November of 2021, allocates funds to states and businesses by means of grants and specialized programs. Both delivery methods have direct … [More]

Tempe Credit Union Introduces Free Credit Monitoring and Education Tool


TruWest Credit Union has launched a new tool through its partnership with SavvyMoney, a comprehensive credit score program which allows customers to monitor, improve and be in control of their credit. The platform provides an in-depth analysis and report of credit scores with free ongoing access, an understanding of key factors that impact credit, and recommendations on how to … [More]

Gainey Business Bank Announces Grand Opening


Gainey Business Bank, Inc. announced its Grand Opening on July 11, 2022. A celebration of the opening is being held at the Bank’s location, 8501 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale AZ 85253. With this Grand Opening, Gainey Business Bank is pleased to announce that it is the newest Community Bank to open in the Valley; only the second new community bank opened in the past … [More]

Stressed Out Financially? 3 Tips to Reduce the Worries 

by John L. Savarino

A perfect storm of world events is understandably triggering financial stress in the vast majority of Americans. In a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, more than 80% of U.S. adults said they were feeling increased financial stress due to: Higher inflation (87%) Ongoing supply chain issues caused by the pandemic (81%) Global uncertainty due to … [More]

Alerus Completes Acquisition of Metro Phoenix Bank


Alerus Financial Corporation announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of MPB BHC, Inc., the bank holding company for Metro Phoenix Bank. Founded in 2007, Metro Phoenix Bank is the largest full-service community bank headquartered in Phoenix, with approximately $453 million in total assets, $280 million in total loans, and $402 million in total deposits as … [More]

Microloans Level the Playing Field

by Rhett Doolittle

The 5 C’s of Credit — character, capacity, capital, collateral and conditions — is an old term that outlines what business owners need to have established to secure financing and grow. The Census Bureau reports that 5.4 million businesses were formed in 2021. Many of these new businesses haven’t had enough time to establish the 5 C’s of credit and therefore may be at a loss as … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Las pequeñas empresas propiedad de latinos enfrentan obstáculos para acceder al capital para hacer crecer sus negocios

por Edgar R. Olivo

EN NEGOCIOS: Las pequeñas empresas propiedad de latinos enfrentan obstáculos para acceder al capital para hacer crecer sus negocios El acceso al capital está frenando las empresas propiedad de latinos, según una encuesta reciente publicada por la Reserva Federal de los Estados Unidos. Los latinos tienen tres veces más probabilidades que la población general de iniciar un … [More]

Latino-Owned Small Businesses Face Hurdles in Accessing Capital to Grow their Businesses

by Edgar R. Olivo

Access to capital is holding Latin-owned business back, according to a recent survey released by the United States Federal Reserve. Latinos are three times as likely as the general population to start a business, but cultural and economic factors have hampered the growth of Latino-owned businesses at a cost of trillions of dollars. The path to access capital has many … [More]

Integro Bank Successfully Launches, Dedicated to Help Small Businesses


President, CEO and Founder of Integro Bank, Thomas J. Inserra announced today that it received final regulatory approvals from the State of Arizona and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to disburse its capital from escrow and open the bank. This means the bank is now legally chartered and that its customer deposits have federal deposit insurance protection from … [More]

Arizona Federal Named a Financial Literacy Partner of Local First Arizona Small Business Accelerators  


In an effort to grow small business and support minority business owners in partnership with Local First Arizona, Arizona Federal Credit Union is proud to be one of the financial literacy partners for the We Rise and Fuerza Local accelerator programs. These programs focus on providing Black and Hispanic business owners with the support and resources to succeed while … [More]

First Interstate Bank Completes Expansion into Arizona with Great Western Bank Conversion


First Interstate BancSystem, Inc., parent company of First Interstate Bank, announced that effective today, all Great Western Bank locations are now open and operating as First Interstate Bank branches. Arizona has eight locations in eight cities including Scottsdale and Chandler. The successful conversion allows First Interstate to directly serve clients and communities in … [More]

Bank Devoted to Helping Small Business Obtains State of Arizona Conditional Approval


Integro Bank (In Organization) announced that it obtained conditional approval from the State of Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Services to open a new bank devoted to helping small businesses. Among the conditions for opening the bank is a requirement to raise a minimum of $27.9 million in capital and for the bank to obtain regulatory approval from the Federal … [More]

First Community Bank in Arizona to Launch in More Than 14 Years Holds Grand Opening May 18


Scottsdale Community Bank, the first new community bank in Arizona in more than 14 years, will hold a grand opening ceremony for its investors and special guests on May 18. Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega will speak. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the State of Arizona provided final approval to Scottsdale Community Bank effective January 10. Arizona has only 10 … [More]

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