West Michigan Region
Michigan is the nation's "comeback kid" and Huntington is proud to be a part of its recovery. We have worked diligently to fuel economic recovery through innovative business lending programs that earned Huntington the distinction of being the #1 SBA lender in the state.1 We're paving the way to a better, stronger future in the state by reaching out to lower income families and to the next generation of business owners. We're proud to be a partner in Michigan's comeback.
Make Kids Money Smart
Huntington continues its ongoing commitment to teaching kids financial literacy. Through our partnership with Junior Achievement we have worked with more than 5,000 students.
About Your Neighborhood
Grand Rapids, Michigan is the regional headquarters of Huntington Bank’s West Michigan region. Huntington Bank has a long and distinguished history of supporting programs throughout Midwest communities that are designed to enrich the community and create an environment where our children can grow and thrive. The breadth and depth of these efforts range from multi-million dollar programs aimed at the revitalization of major parts of the city to the individual volunteer efforts of Huntington associates at all levels of the corporation. These programs are innovative and creative, and thanks to the partnership between Huntington and local governments and nonprofits, goals have been set and solutions found to area problems. Huntington provides support in a variety of areas including economic development, health care, housing, education and the arts.Huntington Bank is proud to be a catalyst for positive change in West Michigan. The leadership and the colleagues at the bank take this role seriously. These programs underscore the innovation that is a hallmark of Huntington’s efforts to support West Michigan programs and nonprofits for the long-term.
We believe in doing the right thing.
Huntington’s West Michigan Region is a dedicated annual sponsor of the Pelotonia Bicycle Road Race. Established in 2008, the event raises funds for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Thanks to the efforts of 21 riders who traveled to Columbus, and 11 virtual riders, our team raised more than $36,000 for cancer research.
In our ongoing partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, we have welcomed students and parents back to school with backpacks and supplies for their Student and Parent Orientations, held on August 25 and 26.
Huntington is the financial literacy sponsor for West Michigan Junior Achievement. Every year many of our colleagues spend the day at schools in Holland, Grand Rapids and far-flung Kalkasa teaching at-risk middle school children valuable lessons about money, credit and planning for the future. More than 50 colleagues reach approximately 700 students, imparting roughly 500 hours of instruction. Junior Achievement BizTown® is a registered trademark of Junior Achievement USA and JA Worldwide.
Huntington was pleased to support the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) in Grand Rapids in 2014. Several of our colleagues worked with eight visually impaired teens in financial literacy classes to help them develop valuable life skills of saving, budgeting and investing. The classes were adapted for the students, and team members worked alongside ABVI teachers to facilitate the lessons. ABVI helps those who are blind or visually impaired lead independent and productive lives through rehabilitation.
The Junior Achievement West Michigan Business Hall of Fame, held in May in Grand Rapids, honored business leaders who made extraordinary contributions to West Michigan. Renee Williams, Huntington’s vice president of community development, received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her work in developing Junior Achievement programs in schools across Michigan. Junior Achievement BizTown® is a registered trademark of Junior Achievement USA and JA Worldwide.
The West Michigan region has a longstanding relationship with Grand Rapids Community College, and its Adult Education program. Many of our colleagues have taught FDIC’s Money Matters financial education curriculum to English as a second language (ESL) students and those pursuing their GED certificate. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 50 team members have reached roughly 900 students.
Branch locations for West Michigan
1 SBA loans subject to SBA eligibility. Huntington is the #1 SBA 7(a) lender in the number of loans in the region made up of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Source: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2016.
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