We Are Committed to the Economic Health of the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
You may know Freedom First as a local credit union founded in Salem 60 years ago. You may not know Freedom First is also a financial partner with businesses throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys. We have an experienced team of business bankers that provide personalized services to local business owners. Want to know more? Here are just some of the ways we can help.
1. Business Lending
Freedom First provides loans to businesses for working capital, equipment and vehicles, and real estate and construction. We are local and we know the local economy and market. By conducting one-on-one consultations, we will understand your business needs and particular circumstances. Because all of our lending decisions are made here in Roanoke, we take all this into consideration when performing our custom underwriting.
2. Business Checking and Money Market Savings
Business owners can choose from a variety of checking accounts. We also offer online banking with features that include the ability to download account data directly in to Quicken. Money Market accounts are a great savings choice and have competitive, tiered rates.
3. Merchant Card Services
Freedom First is teamed with Elavon to offer methods of fast, secure payment processing. Your business will be able to accept a full range of payment options including credit cards, PIN debit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards, EBT (electronic bank transfers), and ECS (electronic check service). Our expert business team can help guide you through the financial world’s transition to EMV chip cards, including understanding your liability and ensuring you have the proper equipment.
4. A Complement to Your CSR Program
Many businesses have Corporate Social Responsibility programs, often with an objective to improve the quality-of-life in the local community. Our mission includes guiding individuals on a path to financial stability, growing prosperity through accessibility to affordable loans for homeownership and job training, and helping communities thrive.
By banking with Freedom First you are choosing a not-for-profit financial institution that has lower fees and competitive rates, as well as invests in award-winning community development programs.
Want to be more involved? We are always looking for partners. Through the years we have developed relationships with many local nonprofits and organizations. Join Freedom First and you will understand the true meaning of our tagline: Where People Bank for Good.