Stories

For the Love of Small Business: BankCherokee Supports Amore Coffee Through an Acquisition and Then the Pandemic

As Wright and Breymeier continued to navigate the process of transferring ownership, they contacted BankCherokee. Breymeier had worked with Julie Novak, Senior Vice President of Commercial Loans at the bank for many years and had shared her desire to sell the business on a few different occasions. Novak had met Wright during her regular visits to the coffee shop and agreed that she would make an ideal owner.

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BankCherokee Helps The Red Balloon Bookshop Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

“We had to completely reconfigure, rethink, rework the whole way we were doing business,” said Weinkauf. “As the owner trying to figure those things out with my team of incredible booksellers … I just found it really overwhelming.”

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Business Banking: Aggressive Hydraulics

Paul Johnson, President of Aggressive Hydraulics, tells us about his business and how important it is to him to bank with a community bank. Aggressive Hydraulics are the experts in manufacturing hydraulic cylinders and Paul relies on BankCherokee and his business banker Roger Hamilton to be his banking expert. 

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Business Banking: The Wedding Shoppe

An institution in Saint Paul shares their experience as a small business. Co-founders Jim and Lois Fritz tell us about their family business and how they enjoy banking locally, with a friendly, warm bank (not corporate, as Lois says!).

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Art Lab Rx

Julie believed in Lisa and knew her unique plan for business expansion had merit. A mobile mental health facility would break down barriers for the recovery community and meet an objective that therapists like Lisa worked hard to fulfill—to literally meet people where they’re at and provide the tools and support needed to transform their lives.

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Red’s Savoy Pizza

The most notable difference for Ross during the expansion project has been his experience partnering with a local community bank. “Working with Steve at BankCherokee was a night and day difference,” he said. “He played a huge role in leading us through the lending process, he kept everything on track and moving forward, he really went above and beyond.

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