• Priscilla Asonibare

What is a Business Banker and Why You Need One

Updated: Sep 5


If you're reading this, chances are good that you own or manage a small business. That's great news! Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and account for nearly half of all jobs in the United States alone.


That said, running a small business can be an exhausting experience—and that's without even accounting for the financial side of things. If you've ever thought about leveraging a local business banker to help with your banking needs and questions, now is the time! In this post, we'll explore what exactly a local business banker does and why having one as part of your support system can help build strong foundations for your company's finances.


What is a business banker?

A business banker is a financial expert who specializes in understanding the banking products that can help businesses grow - and bridging businesses to those resources! They can help you with financing, cash flow management, risk management, and your business’s overall strategy.


There are a lot of different types of business bankers. Some focus on small businesses, while others specialize in helping large corporations. There are also different types of banks that offer business banking services: commercial banks, investment banks and credit unions.


A business banker is different from a tax accountant or an attorney. The job of a business banker is to help businesses obtain and use money efficiently while minimizing risk. They can provide advice on how to manage your finances and avoid problems with cash flow.


What many Black female founders don't realize is that business bankers typically come standard when you open a business checking account with an institution! Traditional institutions have not historically done a great job of actively leaning in to let us know that this expertise is available to us - so BLAZE is going to teach you how to lean from your end!


Why should you have a local business banker?

You can save yourself time and energy by working with a local business banker. It’s a good idea to have a relationship with someone who knows the ins and outs of your business, its financial needs, and cash flow. Your relationship with your business banker will be different from other relationships in your life because they can help you make decisions that support growth and profitability.


When it comes to banking services, there are many options available online or in person. Many people choose smaller banks where they feel more comfortable getting personalized service through their local relationships with bankers who are familiar with their businesses and communities.


You'll want a person on your side who know the various financial tools that can aid your business - even when you're not aware of what those options are.


How to pick your local business banker

When choosing a banker, it's important to look for someone who understands your business and what you want out of it. Consider finding a banker who is willing to take the time to understand your business by asking questions and hearing what they have to say.


A great local business banker will also be able to help you grow your company by finding ways that they can assist with financing, financial planning and management, as well as adapting their services as needed over time (for instance if new products or services are added).


When you join an institution for the management of your business's cash - ask to speak with your assigned business banker and see if that person has experience working with businesses like yours. If they don't, gauge their flexibility in learning more about your industry - or see if they can refer you to a different business banker that has more insight. You'll benefit from having trusted help in managing changing situations within your industry or market area.


It's will also be useful to assess whether he or she knows about upcoming developments (such as infrastructure changes), new competitors entering area / town, tax law changes which can affect your business's bottom line, etc.


Conclusion

As a business owner, you probably have many things on your plate. You need to keep up with the latest trends and stay ahead of the competition. It’s also important to make sure that your business is structured properly so that it can continue to grow in the future.


A business banker can help with these tasks by offering personalized service and guidance tailored to your business needs —and that’s something that no online service can match! Having a relationship with one can help you build a strong financial foundation for your business so that it continues to thrive as it grows over time.


If you’re thinking about reaching out to your financial institution to engage with your business banker but aren’t sure where to start, we hope this article has helped clear up some questions.


And if you'd like to learn more about various other business funding management tactics you can start to implement today to ensure your business is growing and staying profitable, we'd like to invite you to enroll in the Blaze Business Intensive course specially designed for Black women entrepreneurs today! You can learn more about the 6-week self-paced course by clicking the button below.





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