Strengthen Banking Ties Before the Metro Shutdown

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on March 7th, 2019. Savvy business owners are planning now for potential effects from the shutdown of all Alexandria Metro stations this summer. There are many considerations including impacts on your employees and customers, but one… Read more »

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This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on March 7th, 2019.

Savvy business owners are planning now for potential effects from the shutdown of all Alexandria Metro stations this summer. There are many considerations including impacts on your employees and customers, but one of the most productive preparations you can undertake now is strengthening the relationship with your banker.

In the event that sales are impacted and cash flow becomes
a problem, you want the ability to turn to your banker as a trusted partner who
can work with you to manage your way through the rough patch and be part of
your resilience when you come out the other side of the shutdown.

The smartest owners build solid relationships with their
banks and bank staffs from the very start and maintain contact to keep them
informed of their progress. In good times and bad your banker is part of your
team, and the more acquainted they are with you, the easier it is for them to
tailor their resources and services to your needs. Under circumstances you could
be facing with the shutdown, banks might be able to help you tide the crunch
with lines of credit, special credit cards or other arrangements that vary from
bank to bank.

 If you haven’t
developed that quality of relationship yet, it’s not too late, but the shutdown
is just a few months away and this is something that is best accomplished in
advance.

This is an ideal time to schedule an appointment with the
Alexandria Small Business Development Center Business Analyst, Jack Parker. As
a retired banker, Parker knows how bankers operate and what they expect to see
from the businesses they serve. Jack will review your financials with you and
help you make the best presentation of your circumstances. If your financial
records are lacking, he will advise you what you need to do to bring them up to
the standard that bankers expect. One of the biggest pitfalls in business banking
relationships is inaccurate or inadequate recordkeeping.

Consultations with Parker are conducted in confidence and
without cost to City of Alexandria businesses. These sessions resemble coaching
before an interview, and are done before your discussions with your banker.
Even those owners who feel they have a great rapport with their banker are
well-served by candid and regular consultations with Parker.

A distinguishing characteristic of Alexandria SBDC is its
banking expertise and long-term partnerships with local bankers. Those bankers
often refer prospective borrowers to the center to obtain guidance and have
found that center-assisted applicants are typically much better prepared and
are therefore much better credit risks. That has enabled the SBDC to facilitate
$80 million in capital investments over its history.

Whether a business owner needs financing, a line of credit, or other assistance, it behooves them to have a strong and confidential partnership with their bank. The center can help Alexandria business owners develop such relationships and better manage the financials of their business. We welcome your contacting the center at www.alexandriasbdc.org for such guidance.

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