Salute to Commerce September Winner:

By Rachael Rees van den Berg | Bend Chamber
As a locally-headquartered company in Bend, Bank of the Cascades understands the importance of being involved with helping the communities it serves grow. “We are thrilled to be recognized and receive this award,” said Bank of the Cascades SVP, Oregon District Manger Missy McVay about receiving the Salute to Commerce award.  “Our teams work hard to support our customer and community needs.  This award would not be possible, if it wasn’t for our loyal customers , community partners and dedicated team members.” Bank of the Cascades is committed to a business strategy that focuses on delivering the “best in community banking.” Founded in 1977, Bank of the Cascades offers full-service community banking with relationship banking, competitive financial products and advanced technology applied for the convenience of customers. Bank of the Cascades has 11 branches in Central Oregon and another 26 branches throughout Southern Oregon, Willamette Valley, Portland and Southwest Idaho. Customers benefit from a comprehensive line of business, professional and personal banking services as well as mortgage loans, trust and investment services. As a Small Business Administration (SBA) Preferred Lender, the Bank was ranked in the Top 5 Lenders for both Oregon and Idaho.  The bank was recently recognized as the #1 business lender in Deschutes County.  In May 2014, the Bank pledged to provide $2 billion in credit to small businesses and individuals over the next three years and was recently named in the top 200 list for Healthiest Banks in America by DepositAccounts.com. Throughout its history, the bank has been recognized for its long-standing tradition of corporate philanthropy.  The Bank’s goal is to provide value beyond that of a “typical banking relationship.” “We believe that a partnership is both important and beneficial to the communities we serve,” McVay said.  “All team members are encouraged to actively participate and volunteer to help better the communities in which we serve.”

Listed below are a few organizations that Bank of the Cascades has actively contributed to and been involved with locally:

    • United Way of Deschutes County
    • Bank of the Cascades Bend Summer & Fall Festival
    • TEDXBend
    • Bend LaPine School / Sisters School District
    • COCC Foundation
    • Deschutes Children’s Foundation
    • High Desert Museum
    • Deschutes River Conservancy
    • St. Charles Foundation

The Salute to Commerce Program is brought to you by the Bend Chamber in partnership with Combined Communications Inc. Thank you to Sweetheart Donuts for sponsoring the Salute to Commerce donut day . Congratulations to the past year’s Salute to Commerce recipients for making Bend a better place to live: Bend Glass & Mirror, Springtime Landscape & Irrigation, SunWest Builders and Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management.


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