Carver State Bank President Bob James was featured as the keynote speaker at the Savannah Morning News' Business in Savannah luncheon. James has had the longest tenure at a single bank of any bank president in the state of Georgia, with 44 years of service. The bank, which was founded by Louis B. Toomer in 1927, is also the oldest bank headquartered in Savannah. “I grew up in an environment that had an enormous appreciation for the value of education and training as well as community involvement, so we’ve tried to incorporate those values into the culture and routine operation strategy of Carver State Bank,” James said.
Beneficial State Bank is hosting the Oakland Indie Awards on May 12th to honor local businesses and artists who have a positive social and environmental impact the Bay Area economy. The event features an evening packed with live music and entertainment, local food vendors, interactive art exhibitions, and an Indie Marketplace featuring local artisans. “We’re so excited to be in our tenth year of supporting local at the Oakland Indie Awards! This year’s event, our love letter to Oakland, will pay special homage to those who’ve been in Oakland for a long time, doing great work, and who deserve recognition for their lasting impact,” says Emma Guttman-Slater, community engagement officer at Beneficial State Foundation.
Virginia Community Capital has released a new annual report marking its 10th anniversary. The bank was founded in 2006 with a mandate from the Commonwealth of Virginia to use $15 million in start-up capital to bolster economic development in underserved areas. Today, they have leveraged that initial investment into $766 million in financing dollars. Virginia Community Capital has originated $320 million in loans, financing 4,719 affordable housing units and 9 health care facilities. And they have financed local businesses like Essel Propack, a product packaging company that was able to expand in Virginia thanks to financing from Virginia Community Capital. The newly renovated facility retained 260 jobs and created 50 new jobs.