Business banking will be one of the things you will need to have a firm handle on. Sit down and create a list of the things you want and need from a bank. Many people just choose a bank based on referrals or reputation yet rarely research all the bank does and doesn't offer. Although there are laws and regulations that govern the activities of banks, savings and loans, credit unions, and investment firms, they are not all the same. Some banks may only offer basic deposit accounts while others have lock box services, sweep accounts, and online banking. If you're not sure where to begin, take a look at the following considerations and see if any of them apply to you and what your company needs to achieve success:
" A basic checking account that will let you pay your suppliers and deposit revenues from your customers.
" Special loan programs for small businesses.
" Advice regarding what it will take to qualify for the loan that best meets your needs.
" Assistance with the cash management needs of your business.
" Investment products of varying maturities and risks (and thus returns).
" Assistance finding financial information on your industry.
Shop around and find the bank that best understands the needs of emerging and growing businesses. It's best to connect with one banker and continue to use that one individual if possible. Building a rapport with one banker will create a better understanding for them of your business so they can better select products and services for you. This person will understand what your goals are and will do their best to help you achieve them. Make sure to go over every fee you will be charged so there are no surprises. You are a business in its infancy"you have no room to throw money away on something a different bank can provide at no charge.