mBank Client Stories

Love on the Mountain Makes Cents

“My wife and I have a lot of fun working together and running our businesses. We have multiple loans with mBank. I’ve known the leadership team there for years. We were pregnant with our first daughter when they helped us open our ski shop and landscaping businesses. mBank’s always shot it to us straight – told us the truth and gave us accurate numbers. They truly work with us and help re-evaluate loans and purchasing decisions on a consistent basis. I feel like they’re not only business partners but friends too. Plus, I admire how much mBank gives back to this community.”

Brandon Croney – Owner, Compound Properties, LLC & Jet Black Inc., Marquette, MI

Risky Bet Turns Gold

“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. I started thinking about local businesses that I really liked, which I might be able to buy. I was really young when starting my business, just 22 when I walked into mBank. My mBank banker must have seen potential in me because he gave me a shot when other banks wouldn’t. I like being able to work with him directly. For the past six years, I’ve run my graphic design print shop. All production happens in house – we make t-shirts, do embroidery and make decals for heavy equipment. I own a real estate business now too. mBank has consistently helped me find and secure loans with lower interest rates and my banker lets me know what other options are available. mBank’s been great, I can call or visit them whenever I need to. I feel like there’s always someone looking out for me.”

Joe Kayramo – Owner, Homestead Graphics & Designs, Inc. & Joseph Williams, LLC, Houghton, MI

Brewing up Friendly Business

“After my first job at Michigan Tech, I took a job with the DNR in Madison, Wisconsin. It was during that time that I got really into brewing beer. My wife, Marina, encouraged me to go to the World Brewing Academy to learn more and I launched myself into a new career. I worked for a few breweries in Wisconsin before moving back to Michigan and becoming head brewer at Ore Dock. This experience was invaluable. When we decided to open Barrel and Beam, mBank was the most dedicated to making our brewery happen. We went over budget during construction and our mBank banker, Boris, helped us figure out our lines of credit. My goal is to produce beer that people won’t be able to experience anywhere else. With mBank’s help, we’re doing exactly that. Since the start, they’ve gone above and beyond, working with us daily on whatever we need.”

Nick VanCourt - Owner, Barrel and Beam, Marquette, MI  

Making Money and Memories in Michigamme

“My husband and I are both from Detroit but dreamed of making a life up north. When our first child turned two, we decided to make our dream a reality. I was pregnant with our second child when we found Maple Ridge. We had difficulty securing a business loan because several banks were concerned about the resort’s small size and that we were new to town. mBank understood our vision. Our mBank banker, Jeremy, helped us negotiate with the sellers and gave us feedback on our business plan. Other lenders told us that we didn’t have the experience. But mBank said, ‘let us help.’ Now we’re going nonstop with two small children and running the resort. Guests from all over the world visit us. We’re so grateful to mBank for their personal service, attention and care. It still means a lot that they looked at us holistically and saw what our business could bring to the community.”

Nicole Haskett – Owner, Maple Ridge Resort, Michigamme, MI  

 
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