Bankers Leap Pizza With Everything
When Steve and Trisha Wilson wanted to expand their restaurant from pizza delivery to full-service, they had trouble getting help from larger banks.
After going to United Bank, they found what they needed in Vice President
Today, Steve Wilson said the business has increased between 200 percent and 250 percent, compared to its former location and the staff has gone from five to 27.
“Without United Bank, we wouldn’t have grown, we wouldn’t have created more jobs,” he said.
The restaurant now serves East Grand Rapids, downtown
“It doesn’t surprise me that they are a success,” Figg said. “They had a plan and they had a goal, and they are achieving that.”
Figg said the
“You could just tell by meeting them they were willing to roll up their sleeves and work 10-, 15-hour days,” he said. “They weren’t going to sit and let other people work for them and hopefully make a go of the business; they were going to make the business go themselves.”
To determine if a business is eligible for a loan, Figg said, he looks at the financial history, the ability to service a debt, the product or service and it’s viability, as well as the capability of the individuals running the business. Figg said with small businesses, those that fail are those with poor managers.
“The people that make it are the ones that aren’t absentee managers; they’re there all the time taking pride in their work,” he said.
That pride was apparent in the
“I saw them as two very diligent, hardworking young people and I knew they would succeed, just because they had the motivation to work hard and have this thing work.”