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ATB #1 in Alberta: CFIB Battle of the Banks

Edmonton — ATB Financial took top spot in Alberta in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) Battle of the Banks report. ATB also moved from 10thplace to second among all Canadian financial institutions. Every few years, the CFIB polls small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs) to determine the most business-friendly financial institutions in the country.

“This is awesome. We’re very excited to see these results,” said Teresa Clouston, Executive Vice-President, ATB Business & Agriculture. “Over the last two years, we’ve made a conscious effort to improve the way we listen and serve Alberta small and mid-sized business owners and we’re thrilled it’s making a difference for them.”

The Battle of the Banks ranks financial institutions on things that are important to SMEs, including financing, fees, account management and service.

Over the last few years, ATB has invested in technology and people, and focused on process improvements in an effort to bring expertise and solutions that uniquely fit the needs of small and mid-sized businesses.

“Our people and the solutions they provide are the keys to our improved ranking,” added Clouston. “As well, we continue to look for unique ways to support entrepreneurs beyond what is typical of a bank.”

This year ATB announced free banking for 2016 start-ups, opened ATB Entrepreneur Centres in Calgary and Edmonton, expanded its crowdfunding solution ATB BoostR and launched its crowdlending solution ATB LendR.

“We won’t slow down,” continued Clouston. “We’re committed to continuing to find ways to make banking work for entrepreneurs in this province faster and in the best way that meets their needs.”

Also, businesses are telling us they like this: www.atb.com/amplifybusiness

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