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Outstanding Community Partner – 2020

The community is interwoven into everything that STEP does. We would not be able to serve our mission if it were not for the community partnerships that fuel STEP. I would like to celebrate STEP’s 2020 Outstanding Community Partner, Citizens Independent Bank. 


Citizens Independent Bank has 70 year history serving the community of St. Louis Park. STEP has been serving St. Louis Park residents for just 45 years. During most of STEP’s history, we have benefitted from the support of CIB.


Citizens Independent Bank is STEP’s bank. They have ably served STEP’s banking needs for decades and they always go above and beyond. It was so very valuable for STEP to rely on CIB for the Paycheck Protection Program loan in the beginning of the pandemic, despite the chaos and confusion of the hastily constructed federal program. While there were reports of national banks of neglecting their smaller customers trying to access the program, STEP was confident that CIB would do whatever they could to serve STEP. Because they are part of the community, they understood the importance of preventing layoffs at STEP at the very time our mission was the most vital. 


CIB has served STEP in other ways. They have long sponsored STEP events including the Empty Bowls and Holiday Train. Each year, they have hosted a free community shred day that serves as a food drive for STEP. Their employees volunteer and donate personally to STEP. 


We appreciate Citizens Independent Bank for the many ways it has supported residents through STEP. 

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