MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 17, 2013--
U.S. Bank, one of the largest and most successful small business banks
in the nation, is celebrating National Small Business Week (June 17-21)
with a number of activities aimed at recognizing and supporting small
“We are thrilled to join the U.S. Small Business Administration in
celebrating Small Business Week with our customers,” said Julie Huston,
who leads U.S. Bank’s SBA Division. “U.S. Bank has been a top SBA lender
for decades, breaking our all time lending record in 2011 and continuing
to deepen our commitment to serving the small business owner.”
Bank ConnectTM – a website and networking portal for
small businesses that launched in 2012 – is offering small businesses a
chance to win a $100 gift card and a printed copy of the first Connect
Startup Toolbox, which is new in 2013. The first toolbox topic
focuses on goal setting. U.S. Bank is encouraging business owners enter
the contest by sharing their top business goal for 2013 on the U.S.
“National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to introduce a new
feature to the U.S. Bank Connect site – Connect Startup Toolboxes,” said
Cathi Stanton, senior vice president for U.S. Bank Retail Payment
Solutions. “These online toolboxes will deliver key information and
tools for small business owners building the foundation for their
U.S. Bank will release new Connect
Startup Toolboxes throughout the summer and into the fall. The “Goal
Setting” toolbox has five steps for helping owners create goals with a
planning worksheet. In addition to goal setting, future Connect Startup
Toolbox topics will include: business planning, business
differentiation, marketing planning, budgeting and social media
Alyssa Gregory, an online networking expert and toolbox creator, will
host a Twitter chat on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. CT. Gregory
is a small business consultant, writer, speaker and collaborator who has
been helping start and grow small businesses for 13 years. To join the
chat, go to Twitter @USBankConnect and use the hashtag #USBconnectchat
to discuss goal setting.
U.S. Bank will launch a new print, broadcast and digital small business
adverting campaign on Monday, June 17 in numerous markets. In addition,
small business bankers across the country will be making special visits
to clients to show appreciation for their business.
U.S. Bank provides financing, education and banking services that
include award-winning credit cards and Small Business Administration
(SBA) loans. The company regularly reports the economic and business
sentiment of small business owners, most recently with the 2013 U.S.
Bank Small Business Annual Survey. Business owners can find resources at www.usbankconnect.com
and follow Connect on Twitter @usbankconnect and on Facebook at facebook.com/usbankconnect.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $355 billion in assets as of March 31,
2013, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial
bank in the United States. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year,
the company operates 3,080 banking offices in 25 states and 5,056 ATMs.
The bank provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers,
businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Source: U.S. Bank
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
U.S. Bank Public Relations