Minden’s Business Bank opens
April 18, 2005
The builders are still building, the diggers are still digging, but Business Bank in Minden Village is open.
On Monday, Business Bank opened its doors to a new 4,100-square-foot building to replace the old Minden branch in the Sierra Center.
“It’s four times the size of the one that opened up one and a half years ago,” said Business Bank’s senior vice president Paul Stowell.
Business Bank is the first business to open in Minden Village, located at the corner of Lucerne Street and Highway 395. About 15 more businesses are planned in the near future for the complex, designed in the style of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Monday was the bank’s soft opening and the grand opening will begin on April 25 and last through May 27, with a VIP grand opening celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 5.
During the month, Business Bank will offer free business checking accounts, free first check orders for businesses and consumers, no loan fees for 100 percent equipment financing and accelerated loans and free online banking.
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A nationally-known muralist and Carson Valley resident Beverly Caputo is painting a 14-foot-by-16-foot mural on the back wall.
“(The mural) will capture the historical essence of northern Nevada when it is completed and unveiled the first part of next month at the bank’s VIP grand opening reception being held on May 5,” said a report.
A signed 8 1/2-by-11-inch print of the mural will be given to customers who open new or expanded accounts, said Stowell.
At the grand opening a drawing will take place for a digital camera with a photo printer.
Business Bank’s opening was delayed a few months due to bad weather that didn’t allow the asphalt to be poured. Employees of the bank held a contest where the customers tried to guess what day they would actually open. The prize is to be a go-ped donated by Patmont Motor Werks, Inc. Two customers guessed the correct date, so Business Bank will hold a drawing and present the prize to the winner at the grand opening.
Assistant Vice President Stephanie Hettrick said employees just found out their move date a week and a half ago and let their customers know as soon as they knew. The old branch closed on Friday and employees helped move over the weekend.
“We’re very excited,” said Hettrick. “We should be able to handle the customers’ needs a little better.”
Hettrick is one of five employees who Stowell said were hand-picked.
“We have people who are well known in that area,” said Stowell. Others hired locally, according to Stowell, are Commercial Loan Officer Susan Potter, Manager Lori Haney and Senior Vice President of Northern Nevada Jerry Gregory.
“This is a people to people business,” said Stowell, and we have assembled people who live in that area who know the banking needs of people in that area.
“We’re really investing in the community. We’re committed to Carson Valley. We’re coming to that area for the long haul.”
— Jo Rafferty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 782-5121, ext. 213.