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At Community First, we want to provide local business owners in Jacksonville with the best possible experience. If you own a small business or you’re thinking about starting one, consider Community First. We have a dedicated team of business lending experts, relationship managers, and in-branch specialists ready to support you and help you make your dreams come true. Although we can tell you many of our success stories, we thought it would mean more coming from our business banking members themselves. Below are just a few testimonials in which local, small business owners discuss their relationship with Community First.


Dr. Michael Willens | CEO & Medical Director, Advanced Pain Management Clinic

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"Anytime I have a financial question, I can immediately call someone at Community First who I know and trust and get a real answer."

Dr. Michael Willens was renting an office space near Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, but as his business grew, he needed a larger space with more visibility. He always wanted to buy property in the Mandarin area, specifically near the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Interstate 295, so he decided to purchase two acres of land in the area. “Originally, I just wanted an office for myself,” Willens said, “I just wanted a small office, but because it was such a large piece of property, I had to figure out what the best way to utilize the property was.” That’s when Willens contacted Community First.

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Wayne Terry | President, PuroClean Emergency Services

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"Community First listens to you and understands what your needs are. They look deeply into the situation and try to come up with a way to make it work."

Wayne Terry once used a large, national bank for his business banking needs, but wanted to transition to a local bank. As luck would have it, one of our Business Lending Officers, John Keeley, was visiting with an insurance agent across the street from Wayne's former office building. The insurance agent encouraged John to visit his neighbor Wayne at PuroClean Emergency Services, so John did just that. After their initial meeting, it didn't take long for Wayne to make the switch to Community First. 

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