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When Frank Rosenberg starts a business, he always looks to make a positive impact on his community. His latest venture, the LBW Training Center, fits right in with his mission to accomplish good. The training center is a healthcare education facility known for its unique style, and top-notch teachers. “We focus on providing high quality healthcare education and a fun learning environment,” said Frank.

In his first year of running the center, Frank and his team tripled the number of people taking courses, and maintained the center’s reputation for teaching the best courses in the valley. In addition to training approximately 3,000  professionals in the valley, Frank and his staff are very dedicated to giving back to our community. Of course, that’s where our two paths intersected.

Personal connections make running a business easier

Frank was introduced to Gateway bank through one of our employees, Scott Morris, at the Mesa West Rotary Club, where both men volunteer. Before banking with us, Frank was working with a large national bank. “Nobody there knew who I was. They just took my deposit and waved goodbye.” Now that he’s with Gateway, Frank says, “Things are more about relationships. The people at Gateway know who I am, and I know they’ll take care of me.”

Why we love our staff

“The people at Gateway are the best professionals in the area. I no longer feel stressed out about anything related to banking. They gave us a business line of credit when most banks weren’t offering that. They just have less hoops to jump through.” In addition to all that, Frank says what he really likes about us is our people. “The people at Gateway are really the best part about banking there.”

Thanks, Frank. We appreciate your support and the opportunity to tell your story. We can’t wait to see what you do next. Whatever it is, we know our community will be grateful for it.

 

Sometimes problems are really just opportunities in disguise

Desert Veterinary Medical

Sharing a small space with six other practices may seem like a tough proposition for a small business, but Melissa Riensche from Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists knew that she could make it work. In fact, not only would it work, but it would be an advantage for her patients and their owners. Now, everyone who brought their animal to her could get total care in one convenient spot. No more driving all over town to get different treatments, just a group of amazing businesses working together to make life more convenient.

Trying to get a big bank loan turned out to be a big headache

The problem was, Melissa couldn’t find anyone that was willing to give her a loan to get her practice started. Many of the big banks were unwilling to even consider lending to her because of the open concept of the building, or wanted her to use her home as collateral. After meeting with several larger banks and getting the same result, Melissa scheduled a meeting with the loan team here at Gateway.

The personalized approach got them approval

After getting to know more about Melissa, her business, and her needs, we were able to help her with a loan that everybody felt comfortable with. Melissa noted a big difference between dealing with the larger banks, and dealing with Gateway.

“We are amazed that the president of the bank would take the time to come and meet with us, help us obtain a loan for our business, and continue to watch over us and provide positive support for our business.  Everyone there really cares about us and it shows whenever we have a question, it is answered right away.  We feel like part of the family at Gateway, not just another account.”

Flourishing with the right financing

Since receiving their loan, Melissa and her partners have found that being small business owners is incredibly rewarding. Melissa says, “We really enjoy getting to lead discussions and make decisions that positively affect our employees, give back to the community, and grow our business.”

In fact, they’ve experienced growth each year since receiving the loan that allowed them to purchase the business, which has allowed them to make generous donations to organizations such as the Phoenix Zoo and the American College of Veterinary Internal medicine Foundation Memorial Program.

More than just banking, it’s building stronger communities

We couldn’t be more happier for Melissa and Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists. And we are very proud to be their banking partner. Helping small businesses become successful is one of the best parts about being a local bank, because each time it happens, our community becomes stronger.

Your 5-Star Community Bank – 17 Consecutive Quarters

Award-Winning Gateway Commerical Bank

Rated 5 – Stars for 17 Consecutive Quarters

September 2014: Gateway Commercial Bank, Mesa, Arizona isn’t just a bank. It’s an award-winning, 5-Star Superior bank. Setting itself apart and above, Gateway Commercial Bank has earned this highest rating from the nation’s bank rating firm: BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, for the last 17 consecutive quarters. This latest 5-Star rating is based on June 30, 2014 financial data.

Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, congratulates Gateway Commercial Bank on its continued success. “Community banks, like Gateway Commercial Bank, are an integral part of the communities they serve, so to say that the bank is ‘award-winning’ is to say that the community is as well. Congratulations on their continued success.”

Established in 2007, Gateway Commercial Bank has been part of the fabric of this community for seven years. It operates through a conveniently located branch office on East Warner Road in Mesa and can also be found on the internet at www.gcbaz.com. Gateway Commercial Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

Gateway Commercial Bank: “Your 5-Star Community Bank.”

BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting www.bauerfinancial.com.

 BauerFinancial, Inc. P.O. Box 143520, Coral Gables, FL 33114.

 

“I Luv My Community Bank” Campaign

The I Luv My Community Bank campaign is for consumers and small businesses to proclaim their bragging rights on how choosing a community bank gives them distinct advantages. Post comments, upload photos and deliver video testimonials via the one-of-a-kind interactive website, www.iluvmycommunitybank.com on why you LUV Gateway Bank?

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Spotlight on Success: A Mind for Detail

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A Mind for Detail’s work isn’t glamorous, but their story is.

Scott Stone originally started the business over 20 years ago as a car detailing company to make some extra income so his wife, Cheryl, could stay home with their family. After learning that the detailing business wasn’t for him, he worked various jobs in the trucking industry while doing pressure washing on the side.

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