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Bank of the West Expands in Western Washington with New Full-Service Business Banking Branch in Tacoma

New Tacoma Location Focuses on Comprehensive Financial Solutions for Local Small- and Medium-Size Businesses; Second Business Branch to Open in the Pacific Northwest, Following Seattle Branch Opening

Bank of the West today announced the opening of its business banking branch in Tacoma, Washington, located at 1250 Pacific Avenue, following the opening of its thriving Seattle branch in 2013. Bank of the West has expanded in Washington to meet the growing demand of businesses in Tacoma. The new Tacoma branch provides experienced business bankers who understand the local market and can help businesses with their financial needs.

“Over the past two decades, Tacoma businesses have helped transform the city into a vibrant center of enterprise, culture, and trade, and we want to support that growth,” said Michelle Di Gangi, executive vice president of small and medium-size enterprise banking at Bank of the West. “As a relationship bank, we are pleased to expand our services to meet the needs of businesses in the Tacoma area.”

Bank of the West provides a full spectrum of financial solutions for businesses and has specialists to help businesses manage cash flow and protect against fraud.  As the nation’s 14th largest business lender and one of the top small business association (SBA) lenders in the country, the bank is well positioned to help business owners with their credit needs.

Bank of the West is known for cultivating experienced business bankers and convening the right team of experts to service customers’ individual needs. “Our personal banker is nothing short of a rock star. He understands our business very, very well,” said Jesse Cherian, local Bank of the West customer and owner of a steel beam manufacturing business based near Tacoma. “Having a financial institution that understands your business is critical.” 

Bank of the West also provides Seattle and Tacoma business customers with experienced professionals to help them manage their personal finances. 

“Our clients often have complex financial situations that arise when building, growing, and passing on their businesses. Our wealth management specialists and personal bankers work alongside our business bankers to help our clients meet their business and personal financial goals holistically,” said Di Gangi. 

Bank of the West is committed to providing resources to help small businesses succeed, by spotlighting industry trends, sharing insights from other business owners, and offering wealth management expertise. To check out the breadth of content to help small businesses, visit the Bank of the West blog Your Business channel at,  download the latest paper on how manufacturing small businesses can strategically approach growth; get insight on wealth management strategies for business owners; and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for tips and information.

In addition to serving small and medium-sized businesses in this region, Bank of the West also serves larger corporate clients through its Commercial Banking Group. When a business is seeking support for an international expansion, a key acquisition or the management of a complex risk profile, the Commercial Banking Group combines the personal relationships and community ties of a local bank with the strength and international capabilities of BNP Paribas.

About Bank of the West: 
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $74 billion in assets as of September 31, 2015. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 22 states and digital channels.  Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.

Media Contacts:

Michele Rene Scott 

Julia Mellon 

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