Banking

Virginia bank acquires 4 branches in Md.

Another failed bank is just another opportunity for Tappahannock-based Bank of Essex. On Saturday, the Bank of Essex assumed operations of Suburban Federal Savings Bank in Crofton Md. after it was seized by federal regulators on Friday. The Bank of Essex, which is owned by Community Bankers Trust Corporation in Glen Allen, purchased all $312… Read more »

Bank branches out to Georgia

The Bank of Essex has assumed $600 million in deposits previously held by The Community Bank in Loganville, Ga. A Richmond-based bank has gobbled up deposits of a failed Georgia bank. Tappahannock-based Bank of Essex has assumed $600 million in deposits previously held by The Community Bank in Loganville, Ga.

Check this out: The RBS Guide for small business checking

Most businesses should try to keep about a month’s worth of cash in the account. The balance is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000. A normal balance might be between $5,000 and $10,000 for a start-up or small business. A small business savings account can earn more interest and is easily… Read more »

SunTrust cuts back on cleaning service

SunTrust Bank has cut back its janitorial services from every night to every-other-night, according to an employee at the company. The cuts are at the office on the Southside but may also occur at the office on East Main Street.

Business loans harder to get

Bankers are taking longer to issue business loans and asking for more collateral when they do issue them, according to bankers around Richmond. Even companies with solid credit and long-established relationships are having more trouble getting financing, which is an essential ingredient for growth. The number of loan requests, meanwhile, is also falling. “Entrepreneurs feel… Read more »

Richmond Banks Still Lending

Some Richmond-area banks are growing pickier about which businesses get financing. With a possible recession on the horizon, banks are extra careful to protect their investments. And there’s less money to lend, bankers say, in part because of fallout from residential mortgages (read: subprime meltdown).