Local business look: First National Bank of La Grange

This week’s local business look profiles First National Bank of La Grange which has been a staple in the community for many generations, helping families with their banking needs.

Q. How long has your business been in the community?

A. First National Bank of LaGrange has been serving families and businesses of LaGrange, and the surrounding communities, for 90 years. In fact, our main bank building, built in the 1920’s, still stands at the corner of Burlington and Stone Avenues, across from the historic Stone Avenue train station.

Q. What brought your business to this community?

A. Current bank ownership dates back to the late 1960’s when a group of local community members, led by Chairman John R. Madden, purchased control of the bank. Mr. Madden and his family have spent the last 50 years ensuring that FNBLG remains committed to the bank’s heritage of personalized service, integrity, and local community involvement.

Q. What is favorite thing about the business community in which you work?

A. The supportive business environment. Everyone works very hard to find ways to promote the local economy whether it is through shopping locally, volunteering, or joining the local business organizations.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the community in which you work?

A. The vibrancy of the community, the friendly and welcoming environment, and the diversity of opportunities.

Q. What benefits does your community offer that a large city, like Chicago, does not offer?

A. LaGrange is the best of both worlds. We have wonderful shops and restaurants, outstanding schools and churches, beautiful neighborhoods and parks, many organizations and clubs to get involved with and the ability to hop on a train and be in Chicago in 20 minutes… how can you beat that!

Q. What tip would you give to a new business?

A. Join your local Chamber of Commerce and Business Association. Attend the meetings, volunteer for events, get involved. Not only is it a great way to discover low or no cost business opportunities, it is an outstanding way to become more connected to your community and have some fun to boot.

Q. What is your favorite local spot, aside from your own business?

A. We are very fortunate in LaGrange because we have so many “local spots” from which to choose. Everyone can find something that appeals to them. Whether you like to relax in a beer garden, grab some specialty cuisine, catch a movie, take the kids to a park, poke around in some shops, or just enjoy people watching, LaGrange really does have it all!

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as an advocate for business and constantly promotes and assists in enhancing the well-being of the communities that we serve through networking, professional development and legislative involvement. Reach them on the web at www.wscci.org.

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