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First Commonwealth Bank emphasizes community

Newcomers to the area since Sept. 2019, First Commonwealth Bank administrators said they’re looking to network with the area’s small business and give back to the community.

With 14 locations now open between Williamsport and State College, each one is attempting to help individuals navigate banking, said Michael Alexander, community office manager.

“Investing back in the community and small businesses is a big focal point of ours,” he said. “It’s not just to get their business, but it’s also just to help them network, help them understand and answer questions.”

Whether it’s individuals looking for some advice or established family businesses looking to make a change, Alexander said First Commonwealth Bank will look to help.

“Obviously we want you to come bank with us and help you improve, financially, the best that we can, but at the end of the day we’re also here to support small business whatever way we can,” he said. “That’s what I really, really enjoy about First Commonwealth Bank. When I say we’re a community bank we really mean it, and we live by that.”

The bank has already made donations to the SPCA and Family Promise, he said.

Moreover, many of the people who work for the bank often volunteer their time to charity, as they did during the holiday season when ringing a bell at Walmart for donations.

“We really take a lot of time and we try to find organizations or different groups that are really helping to make an impact in the communities that we ourselves are housed in,” said Alexander.

The bank’s generosity extended down to many of the employees who were kept after First Commonwealth Bank took over for Santander in the area, he said.

“As soon as they came in they made us feel welcomed as employees,” said Alexander.

Throughout the hierarchy, then, the bank seeks to help customers manage, save, borrow and protect,” he said.

“We want to let you know that as a new customer, we’re not here just for home purchase or your investment accounts, we’re really here from the beginning to the end,” he said. “We truly mean that we help you from your beginning destination all the way up through retirement and the whole step of the way.”

To that end, the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon-cutting event at 4 p.m., March 25, which offers a great opportunity for individuals or small business to get their questions answered, he said.

“I would love to meet everyone and I know my staff is ready to meet everyone… small business, big business, everyday person, we want to meet you,” he said.

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