Local First Arizona put on a speed dating event to help local businesses connect with local banks. We sent a group of our team members, including President James Christensen, to the event to see what it was all about, and we were really happy with the spirit of local self-reliance.
When we started our Local Love campaign and committed to donating $5,000 in design and marketing services to a local small business, we weren’t really sure what to expect. We hoped we’d be able to make a real difference for someone local and meet people who truly cared about our community. As it turned out, we heard from quite a few passionate people about the many different businesses who were all well-deserving of the award. However, we could only pick one business to receive our award.
After falling in love with the atmosphere and food, we recently sponsored Food Truck Friday at the Gilbert Food Truck Food Court by paying the vendor fees for all of the trucks for a night. After the event, we spoke with our customer, Casey Stechnij from Udder Delights, who shared some insights about food truck events and why they’ve chosen us for their banking needs.
As you know, we’re big fans of local business, but we’re also fans of things that make our taste buds happy. So, we decided to combine two of our loves by sponsoring all of the food trucks at the food court on Friday, September 20th. We’ll have staff there all night to talk about Gateway or point you in the direction of a tasty snack, so make sure you stop by our table to say hello.
Whether it’s helping out a small business with a loan or helping our customers with their personal finances, we’re always looking for ways to help out our community. So, when we were planning what to do with our marketing budget this year, we thought, why not just give part of it away to a small business who could use it more than us? Since it’s our mission to make a difference in our community, we decided that’s exactly what we were going to do.
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 on www.iluvmycommunitybank.com about why you LUV Gateway Bank!