NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / March 13, 2023 / US bank
Originally published on the US Bank company blog
Every late winter in communities across the United States, Girl Scouts don green vests and embrace life as young entrepreneurs. In the Kansas City area for four weeks he can be found in front of stores, in neighborhoods and at local events where they sell cookies to everyone.But what you can’t see is the bankers behind them .
Steven Sickmeyer, small business banking specialist at US Bank in the Kansas City area, said: “I want to help give them ownership of the business.”
In July 2022, Schickmayer first felt a sense of ownership when two Girl Scout troop leaders from Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri set up an appointment to ask for help.
In previous banks, force leaders face a variety of challenges, including no bank employees to provide direct support, being restricted to ATM-only deposits, and requiring everyone to be in the same room at the same time to make changes. I was struggling with account.
Shari Wyly, CFO of Girl Scouts in Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, said: “There is banking for councils, then there is military banking…and now military banking has a lot of autonomy in deciding where to bank.”
Late last year, a troop of about 600 members of the Girl Scouts Council began the process of finding new banking homes that could offer everything from checks to merchant services.
“When we first started this process of helping these units solidify their relationships with banks, we were reaching out to every bank in the region,” said Gur of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. Scout customer care specialist Dawn Hewitt said. “When Stephen walked in and said he was going to be our only point of contact… well, that was when the clouds cleared and the sun was shining.” It was dizzying.”
From there, things began to move rapidly.
“Before the cookie sale started, many people were working to get their finances right,” said Kathy Smith, a volunteer support specialist at the Girl Scouts Council. , I had to know how to get there.”
That’s where Sickmeyer and the US Bank branch team stepped in to set up merchant services, offering non-profit checking accounts and using technology to enable virtual document signing. Then, when Mr. Sickmeyer left the office to volunteer for several weeks, he had a plan in place to ensure that his Scouts could not operate without support.
“My team and I at one point were opening a handful of Girl Scout Troop accounts each day,” said Jessica Fairchild, branch manager in Blue Springs, Missouri. It has provided the direct support that was missing and helped us take advantage of digital solutions such as the US Bank mobile app.”
More than half a year later, the success of the US Bank team’s partnership with the Girl Scouts can be seen with every cookie sold.
“I am grateful for this relationship and, with common sense and good faith, I can say that US Bank is a good choice for our military,” Wiley said.
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