In May, Albina Community Bank will be hosting a new – and larger – iteration of their innovative BizMob program, designed to promote the bank’s local, business customers and reinforce connections within the communities they serve.
The event will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at the community bank’s Rose City office, 5636 N.E. Sandy Boulevard, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
The bank has previously held BizMobs at small businesses throughout the community, including GP Kitchen in the Pearl District, Brew Line Coffee in Gateway, Rose’s Ice Cream in Cully and Extracto Coffee Roasters in the Concordia neighborhood.
For this event, they will be bringing four local businesses into the bank to meet with customers and offer samples. The businesses will include local payroll provider GNSA, Rain or Shine Coffee House, Hogan’s Goat Pizza and Little Handfuls Organic, a startup baby food company.
Little Handfuls Organic will begin selling at the Hollywood Farmers Market this season and recently received a prize package worth $7000 as runner up for the audience choice award in Angel Oregon’s competition for early-stage companies.
“When we established our company we wanted to partner with a community bank from the beginning,” said Little Handfuls CEO Darcy Kochis. “Albina has a great reputation for supporting startup businesses in Portland and that was a big draw for us. The Albina staff worked with us from the start to set up the best accounts for our business and made us feel guided and supported through the process.”
“We always strive to be interactive with our clients and the BizMob program is a great way to demonstrate that capability,” said Deanna Allred, vice president and market manager for Albina’s Beaumont and Rose City offices. “We will have delightful coffee drinks from Rain or Shine, Little Handfuls Organic toddler bites to taste – for kids of all ages – and fabulous bites of Hogan’s Goat Pizza.”
“Albina has been the perfect bank for me and my business,” said Jason Blair, the new owner – since September – of Hogan’s Goat Pizza. “They know my name when I come in and they take excellent care of me. They care about their community and I wouldn’t bank anywhere else.”
“We are not a bank that just wants to provide a warehouse for the assets of our customers,” said Allred. “We want to celebrate and participate in their business. We are thrilled to bring this event to our business community, and hope we can create a buzz around the city.”
Albina is a local, full-service, independent community bank with a specific mission to invest in the individuals, families, businesses and neighborhoods of Portland. For more information, visit www.albinabank.com or call call 503-445-8700.