Blue Ridge Truck & Auto is a family-owned, Roanoke-based auto repair garage that has been serving the area since 1983 and came under ownership of the Snare family in 2013. When the business was ready to grow, Blue Ridge Truck & Auto turned to HomeTown Bank for support and expanded to an additional location in Salem, thanks to the “Power of Local”.
After some roadblocks and disappointments from their national bank, owner Kevin Snare met with a commercial banker at HomeTown Bank to explore his options. He quickly found that HomeTown’s dedication to providing community-first service and support perfectly aligned with his organization’s mission to deliver every service with honesty, integrity, and quality.
What “Power of Local” Really Means
HomeTown Bank prides themselves on helping local small businesses grow. For Blue Ridge Truck & Auto, the easiest part of making the switch was the application and local decision making process.
It’s more than just a spreadsheet of numbers and factual data. They’re listening to the business plan and to the client,” Snare said. “They’re making an investment in me versus the hard numbers.”
HomeTown Bank has been so supportive of Snare’s business that his commercial banker is now one of his customers! “I like to do business with people that do business with me and obviously they share that same philosophy,” commented Snare. “It’s all just a community type of atmosphere where we’re all neighbors and friends.”
Local Banking Doesn’t Mean Fewer Options
Forgoing a national bank doesn’t have to mean missing out on certain products and services. HomeTown Bank offers a wide portfolio of personal and business banking options. In Blue Ridge Truck & Auto’s case, Kevin can enjoy the convenience of online and mobile banking services, while his wife can go into any local branch to process bigger transactions with quality service.
With the help of HomeTown’s business loans and banking, Blue Ridge Truck & Auto was able to open a new location and hire 8 new employees. Kevin Snare feels confident that if he continues his relationship with HomeTown Bank, even more growth is on the horizon.