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Level One Bank, Oakland County Economic Development Corporation, and Detroit Regional Chamber Join to Support Small Business

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.: Local business and community leaders gathered on September 12 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham to provide strategies for small businesses to gain access to capital through a variety of government and bank lending programs that are typically underutilized. Level One Bank presented the event, Access to Capital, in partnership with the Oakland County Economic Development Corporation and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

More than 120 attendees represented nearly 60 local businesses, primarily consisting of strategic business partners such as attorneys, CPAs, and consultants. Access to Capital provided information and insight to help leaders and entrepreneurs discover various avenues for funding and growing local businesses.

“Five years ago, Level One had zero customers and zero assets, but we had a vision,” said President and CEO of Level One Bank, Patrick J. Fehring. 

Level One now operates with a team of 130 bankers, seven banking centers, and almost $500 million in assets.

“Since our inception, we’ve been an advocate for small businesses in Michigan, helping provide capital for this state’s entrepreneurs,” said Fehring. “As a business that started from nothing, we understand the resources needed to expand and thrive.  Being in a position to help other businesses has always been one of our goals, and we’re looking forward to continuing to invest in Michigan.”

Joining Fehring was Oakland County Deputy Executive Matthew Gibb and Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Maureen Krauss, who shared their insights on local business and economic development in Michigan. 

About Level One Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions.  Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $500 million.  It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management Services.  The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs.  The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services.  Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur.

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