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Industrial Bank Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Small Business Grant Promotion to Support Area Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, DC – (November 7, 2014): On Monday, November 10th, Industrial Bank will mark its 80th Anniversary with a celebration at the Arena Stage in Southwest DC. The purpose of the event is to thank the Bank’s many customers and employees for their support over the years and to honor its founding in 1934 by Jesse H. Mitchell. The Bank’s mission is to promote financial and economic empowerment to the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Confirmed guests for the evening’s festivities include: Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

In an effort to continue to serve as a key catalyst delivering the capital necessary to support small business growth and development, Industrial Bank is also announcing a new Small Business Grant initiative to support existing entrepreneurial enterprises to position them for long-term success. Five grants totaling $80,000.00 will be awarded to companies meeting specific criteria, all doing business in Industrial Bank’s service area. Participating partners in this effort will include: The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., FSC First of Prince Georges County, Operation HOPE, and the DC Chamber of Commerce.

Industrial Bank, a DC-chartered commercial bank, is the oldest and largest African American owned and operated, certified Community Development Financial Institution, (CDFI) in the Washington metropolitan region, and the seventh-largest in the country. Since 1934, Industrial Bank has provided the commercial and small business loans necessary to fuel the aspirations of businessmen and women in the DC Metro area, with a proven track record of providing financial services to small businesses and low-to-moderate income communities therein. Learn more at

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