2017 Guide to Commercial Lending Services

You need capital to help your small business grow. Meet a few local experts who can provide the financial guidance and seasoned advice necessary for success.

Our region is growing, and how good it feels.
In Rockford, small businesses are cropping up inside long-vacant storefronts and projects long in the works are coming to fruition. The new UW Health Sports Factory is attracting out-of-towners to our urban core, while AAR Corp.’s maintenance facility drives international traffic into our airport – not to mention new jobs into our region.
Young people are flocking to newly restored treasures like the Rockford Trust Building downtown and long-neglected neighborhoods like Midtown District. Homebuying rates are rising at one of the fastest clips in the Midwest.
Upriver in Beloit, new businesses are rising along the interstates and cultural institutions are shaping the City Center.
In other corners of our region – Stephenson, Ogle, Lee and Boone counties – other signs of growth are starting to appear.
You don’t have to be on the ground floor of these big projects to create your own economic opportunity. To the entrepreneurial eye, the people who are flocking to these new ventures are embracing all sorts of new markets – markets just waiting to be filled by new and growing small businesses.
Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur looking to reach new customers or a rookie eager to fill a niche, you’ll need a few partners to satisfy your goals. Starting or extending your business will inevitably require capital that’s essential for buying buildings and equipment.
Commercial lenders can help you to satisfy those capital needs and support you through thick and thin. This is, to be sure, a long-term relationship, and you don’t want to be stuck with any old lender. You need a partner who’s supportive and understands and appreciates your unique needs.
In our region, a ready supply of business-friendly local banks stands ready to fill that role. Inside this section, you’ll find a few of our region’s top picks and discover why they stand out from the crowd.

Alpine Bank


Byron Bank


Cornerstone Credit Union