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Local banks are going away - and they're not coming back

May 22, 2015 - South Florida Business Journal
Mergers and Acquisitions

Carmen Vilarino needed a banker who could appreciate a well-fried croqueta, but when she and her three sisters sought financing to expand their Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine restaurants, they learned big banks don't always understand small restaurants.

"At a big bank, you're just a number," she said. ΒΆ The family turned to U.S. Century Bank, a Doral-based community bank that took time to appreciate their business model. Today, the sisters have 13 locations, from Pembroke Pines to Miami, and it'...