LAKEWOOD, NY (WNY News Now) – A longstanding bank cut the ribbon on a freshly remodeled brick and mortar location in Chautauqua County this week.
“A true community bank can really never be stronger than the communities that it’s a part of,” explained the Cattaraugus County Bank President and CEO Mike Wimer. “We feel like having a physical presence, as much more challenging in some ways and expensive in other ways as it is to do it, is still an important part.”
Thursday’s grand opening at 284 E Fairmount Ave in Lakewood, NY is part of a rebranding initiative at Cattaraugus County Bank.
“The visible parts of that are things like a new logo, we have a new moto, or tagline if you will, but it isn’t just words, there’s a lot of meaning to it,” said Wimer. “CCB, Where Community Counts.”
In addition to traditional services, financial experts also aim to help small businesses too.
“We’ve got a pretty good contingent of commercial relationship managers, folks whose job it is to build and gain new relationships with business in the community, help to grow them, help to support their growth,” continued Wimer.
While many institutions nationwide consolidating brick and mortar operations, CCB is investing in a hybrid model.
“We want for you to deposit a check on your phone Saturday evening, if you want to, but if on Monday morning you want to come talk with us about a project you’d like to do, or whatever it might be, we want to be here for that, and know you, and be able to sit down and talk about it,” Wimer said.
CCB operates seven locations across Western New York, including two branches in Chautauqua County.