October 25, 2000 |
Founders National Bank, Los Angeles' only black-owned commercial bank, is expected to announce today that it plans to merge with Boston Bank of Commerce in an effort to build the nation's first African American-owned banking chain stretching from coast to coast. The new institution, which would use the Boston Bank of Commerce name, plans to launch with service in Florida, Boston and Los Angeles, areas the two banks currently serve. It hopes to expand in other states with urban markets.
February 26, 1998 |
Trying to determine whether there's support for opening an Orange County office, Founder's National Bank of Los Angeles is relying on a tried-and-true method: word-of-mouth. Last Saturday, about 35 business owners and community leaders met at Mimi's Cafe in Tustin where officials from the largest black-owned commercial bank west of the Mississippi spoke of expansion plans.
February 19, 1998 |
Shell Oil Co. will team up with Founders National Bank of Los Angeles to expand its reach into underserved communities, in what Founders executives Wednesday called the bank's most significant corporate relationship yet. In addition to $7.5 million in loans over the next three years, Shell, a unit of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, will deposit $1 million and purchase a $250,000 non-controlling equity interest in the South-Central bank, said Founders Chairman Carlton Jenkins.
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August 22, 1997
New York's Citibank has invested $250,000 in the stock of Founders National Bank of Los Angeles, the largest black-owned commercial bank west of the Mississippi River. Founders President Carlton J. Jenkins said the Citibank stock purchase was important because it marked the first time the giant bank has teamed up with one in South-Central Los Angeles.
August 20, 1997 |
Seeking to expand in the inner city, the Automobile Club of Southern California has opened its new Travel & Insurance Centers in the lobbies of two community banks in Los Angeles, Founders National Bank and Broadway Federal Bank. Each of the centers will be staffed by three Auto Club employees, who will sign up new members and help existing members with travel reservations and insurance quotes. Thomas McKernan Jr.
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January 7, 1996 |
Inglewood real estate agent Lola Bateman happily traded in her 15-year-old Bank of America account for a new one at the black-owned Founders National Bank of Los Angeles on Saturday. "I really feel good about switching," she said with a big smile. "I should've done it a long time ago." South-Central Los Angeles carpenter Melissa Mitchell came with her son, David, 9, to open his first bank account with $100 at Founders National. "It's for David's college," she said modestly.