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posted: 4/18/2019 1:00 AM

Everything you need to know about Blackhawk Bank

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By Pam Cumpata
Blackhawk Bank

Blackhawk Bank and First National Bank of McHenry are wholly owned subsidiaries of Blackhawk Bancorp., Inc. Blackhawk Bank operates eight full-service banking centers and a dedicated commercial office. Additionally, First National Bank of McHenry offers three full-service banking facilities.

This network of branches allows Blackhawk to serve communities in south central Wisconsin and north central Illinois from Elgin, Illinois, to Janesville, Wisconsin.

How is Blackhawk Bank different?

Whether it's providing education to business clients' employees on their Health Savings Accounts and budgeting to guiding family business owners through the development of an effective business succession plan, or sharing advice from their expertise in the manufacturing and dental industries to offering free consultations with their HR and marketing professionals, Blackhawk strives to be the thought leader for clients in all aspects of their lives.

How do customers describe the experience with Blackhawk Bank?

Blackhawk Bank has earned the reputation as being the bank for manufacturing and their clients take great comfort in the fact that they 'get' the complexities in the manufacturing field: "My Blackhawk business banker knows my world and looks at my entire financial picture; the ups, downs and the historical perspective. When a 30-year relationship wasn't enough for my former bank to do the right thing by me during a rough patch, I knew I was in trouble. I was doing everything right and they still wouldn't decide in my favor. They made cookie-cutter deals without considering my company's history nor my personal track record. It bothered me. I feel totally at home here." -Jack, Business Owner

In health care: "We were fortunate to have some of our highly regarded physician partners suggest that we give Blackhawk a call. What began as a dialogue about financing clinics in Northern Illinois has blossomed into a trusted relationship with a strong financial partner that evaluates DaVita's small business opportunities throughout the country. Since 2011, Blackhawk has financed dialysis clinics throughout the United States lending more than $27 million." -- Bruce Ware, Director Corporate Finance

In business: "You don't realize how important the personal side of banking is until you don't have it. Blackhawk GETS what 'personal' banking really means. Their bankers are old-school; it's like being warm and friendly is in their DNA. Life doesn't wait for appointments, and neither should I; my banker takes care of my financial needs on my schedule. That level of personal banking is invaluable." -Mark, Business Client

Commitment to the area

In 2018, Blackhawk Bank identified Kane and McHenry Counties as the right fit for its expansion of business services. With market research indicating business owners are eager for a different kind of bank that understands their unique attributes, Blackhawk took a step to grow its footprint organically with an office at Randall Road and I-90. Just one year later, Blackhawk purchased First National Bank of McHenry, adding three additional locations in McHenry, Richmond, and Island Lake. The acquisition and expansion is a further testament to their commitment to this market.

With a number of success stories in manufacturing, business, and health care, Pam Cumpata, Senior Vice President Business Banking, and her team of dedicated business banking professionals are eager to demon-strate the difference of the Blackhawk Bank business model.