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.
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.
5 – Star Gateway Commercial Bank
Recognized as One of the Strongest Banks in the Nations
December 2016: BAUERFINANCIAL, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm congratulates Gateway Commercial Bank, Mesa, Arizona for ringing-in 2017 with its highest 5-star Superior rating. Gateway Commercial Bank is no newcomer to Bauer’s 5-Star Rating. In fact, Gateway Commercial Bank has earned this top honor for 26 consecutive quarters.
Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial, commends Gateway Commercial Bank for maintaining a strong capital position while fulfilling its commitment to solving the financial needs of the local communities. “Community banks aren’t pushing products or services on you that you don’t need or want”, says Dorway. “There are there to provide a service and fill a need, which Gateway Commercial Bank has been able to do seamlessly all while maintaining its pristine health.”
Gateway Commercial Bank was established in 2007 and has been providing quality banking service to its neighbors and friends ever since. Today, after 9 years, it operates through a conveniently located office on East Warner Road in Mesa and on the web at www.gcbaz.com.
Gateway Commercial Bank: “Banking the way it should be.”
Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
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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.