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How Bank of Central Florida got the Tire Rolling for This Local Business

Matt Wade owns Day and Night Tires, a family business that services tire retreading. Located in Lakeland, Florida, Matt works with distributors across the nation to retread and sell new tires for major truck fleets. Since Matt joined their team, Day and Night has expanded substantially. Read more on how Matt grew their company and how Bank of Central Florida helped.

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How We Helped a Local Business Owner Exceed Their Financial Goals

Owning a business can make banking complex. Hiring, managing payroll, obtaining credit; business owners need access to guidance. On top of that, they’ve still got personal banking needs like everyone else. From equipment and boat financing, read about how Bank of Central Florida helped business-owner John Bragg navigate his business and personal financial journey.

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Building a Quality Life, and a Quality Business: How a Lakeland Local Grew into Being a Business Owner.

Tiger Concrete & Screed has seen rapid growth and success over the past decade. Read the story of how its Owner and President, Willie Aceves got started – and how he’s worked with Bank of Central Florida to finance his business’ success on our blog.

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From Teacher to Business Owner: How We Helped a Lakeland Local Bring Her Business to Life

"When the opportunity presented itself, it just seemed like the next piece to the puzzle," stated Margaret Krause, local Lakeland business owner of the recently opened Monkee's boutique. Monkee's is a nationally franchised boutique that sells high-quality clothing and accessories. 

From teacher to entrepreneur, read more about Margaret’s journey into becoming a local business owner.

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Pivoting with Business Owner Drew Barthle

Entrepreneurs often face a variety of challenges and pivots in their journey building a business. Drew Barthle, owner of A1 CDL, has kept a growth mindset when facing all his new business challenges.

More than ten years ago, Drew Barthle was running a mortgage firm. When the recession hit, he decided to pivot.

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Q & A with SBA Executive J. Kevin Riffey

Let’s talk SBA! We have asked J. Kevin Riffey, our SBA Executive, top questions he receives when asked about SBA loans. Read through his answers to find more insight about the different types of loans. If you want to speak with a SBA Development Officer to explore SBA options for your business, you can find their contact info on our SBA Team page. 

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Steps to Obtaining an SBA Loan

Getting a small business loan may be the next natural step in financing the growth of your business — whether that includes expansion, inventory, or other options. To get from point “A” to point “B”, there are several steps that must be taken to ensure you obtain the best loan for your needs. 

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Bank of Central Florida Propels Forward to Fill the Gap

When was the last time you saw your banker, aka relationship manager? Most business owners don't remember the last time they spoke with their relationship manager: no phone calls, no emails, and no check-ins to facilitate essential business goal planning. At Bank of Central Florida, we see a gap between local business owners receiving guidance from banking professionals in the community. As the population increases in Florida, Business owners could significantly benefit from having a local relationship manager that knows their local marketplace.

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Celebrating our New Tampa Office!

A blustery evening in advance of cooler temperatures was no match for the warm welcome and hospitality provided by CEO Paul Noris, Market Executive Lauren Fernandez, and their team at the Grand Opening of the new Tampa office on Thursday, January 26. Guests, including clients, board members, community leaders and friends arrived early and stayed throughout most of the two-hour celebration at 1 North Dale Mabry. 

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*Interest*ing News: We’ve Expanded Further into Tampa

Tampa natives, the commute time to your local community bank just became a fraction shorter. Bank of Central Florida — founded in Lakeland ­­­in 2007 — has expanded into the bay area on the first floor at 1 North Dale Mabry Hwy to now include a full service lobby, and offices.

Led by Tampa Bay Market Executive (and local) Lauren Fernandez, Bank of Central Florida is excited to offer Tampa residents client-focused, innovative, and entrepreneurial service.

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