Founded in 1973, Alpine Bank is a Colorado-only, employee-owned local community bank. They have 40 branches and roughly $6.5 billion in assets. Their unique business model and community focus have enabled them to retain long-term employees and maintain an incredible continuity of service to their business clients, many of whom they’ve supported through many stages of growth and transformation. Their knowledge of the local economy and their community’s needs helps them provide the right combination of technology and service to ensure the best possible experience for their customers.
We’ve been an Accelerent Partner for three and a half years. When Covid hit, there was a need for PPP loans, and Accelerent was an excellent platform for us to find a way to help some of our local businesses, directing them to government loan programs through the PPP and EITL.
We’ve worked with five or six Accelerent partners in a direct banking capacity. Some on an individual level, some on a corporate level, and some helping with the PPP loans that have translated into a full banking relationship. Also, we’ve provided some borrowing capacity to other businesses generated from the Accelerent platform.
I think the best advice is to trust the process within the group. You must develop relationships, get to know people, and build authentic relationships. Even though it’s a format that invites you to discuss your business, I find that the best way to work within the group is to lean into building relationships and trying to differentiate your business within that spectrum.
When you walk into Accelerent, be mindful of how you help others. Don’t be self-seeking in terms of what the group can give to you. Ask yourself how you can authentically build relationships. Show up, be present, invite clients and referral sources to the appropriate Accelerent meetings, and really lean into how best you can serve the other Accelerent Partners. If you do that well, you’ll reap the benefits.