Wise Water Works
Stephen Wise initially came to Stearns Bank looking for an SBA loan.
What he discovered after working with the Stearns Bank Sarasota (Florida) branch was a banking relationship he was always looking for.
“Everybody in the branch took time to get to know me a little. That’s the first time I’ve ever experienced that with a bank,” Stephen said.
Stephen started Wise Water Works in late 2015 and needed an SBA loan to complete his dream of being a small business owner. He moved from Macon, Georgia, to start the business in Sarasota County.
“In Sarasota, there are a lot of pools to provide weekly maintenance on,” Stephen said. “It’s pretty steady. I’m a one-man crew, so it keeps me busy.”
Stearns Bank’s Sarasota branch helped Stephen through the SBA loan process and was there for him every step of the way.
“It's a smaller bank, but customer focused. I noticed that right away. Stearns Bank explained the SBA loan process and what they needed of me. They were patient – I couldn’t have been happier,” Stephen said. “If I had to get another SBA loan, I would do it with Stearns Bank.”
After that experience, Stephen decided to move all accounts to Stearns Bank. He doesn’t regret the decision.
“I know if I’m having an issue that I can come in and say, ‘hey guys, can you take a look at this?’ They sit down with you and it’s more personal. Anytime I call, they know who I am and get me the help I need. I have confidence that Stearns Bank will always go above and beyond for me,” he said.
“I would recommend Stearns Bank to any other small business owner that I know.”