Santander and ICIC Help Local Business Owners Plan for Success

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Santander and ICIC Help Local Business Owners Plan for Success

From left to right: James Dietel, Pat Packard, Steve Grossman, Mike Bruno, Matt Camp and Joseph Indorato.

From left to right: James Dietel, Pat Packard, Steve Grossman, Mike Bruno, Matt Camp and Joseph Indorato.

Santander Bank partnered with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to support its 2016 Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, designed to accelerate growth and access to capital for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

This year, thirty Santander employees volunteered to serve as financial education coaches and panelists, playing a critical role in helping 285 entrepreneurs with their business plans. Throughout the summer and fall, Santander coaches attended executive education sessions in Boston, Philadelphia and Worcester, Massachusetts devoting over 100 volunteer hours to the ICCC program. Through these intensive coaching sessions, small business owners received guidance on overcoming obstacles, growing strategies for their businesses, and connecting to mentors for continued support.

Pat Packard, Market Director of Government Banking at Santander, commented, “Partnering with organizations like the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City that help inner city businesses flourish through education and training is an important way to give back to the communities we serve. We look forward to many joint initiatives between Santander and ICIC in our continued work together.”

In addition to these volunteer efforts, the Santander Charitable Contributions program donated $150,000 to ICIC to help local businesses in cities across the Bank’s footprint. Santander shares ICIC’s dedication to advancing inclusive economic growth and prosperity for small businesses and looks forward to continuing its partnership with ICIC.

Congratulations Santander Bank!