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Entrepreneurship 4 All (Virtual Edition)

Woodforest National Bank (Honorable Mention) - The Woodlands, Texas

2021 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Financial Education
  • Asset Size: Medium

As Texans we are strong, resilient, and known as drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. In March 2020, when the world was first turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodforest Bankers did what we do best – pulled together as a family and rolled up our sleeves to provide support for our customers and community partners across our great state, and the other 16 states we serve. Not only did we keep our 760+ branches open nationwide (currently 207 branches in Texas), but we also responded to customers and non-customers by cashing stimulus payments and being there to help thousands of businesses with PPP. Seeing how small businesses in our communities were enduring hardships and struggling to stay afloat, we wanted to find even more ways to help keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in Texas, and across our 17-state footprint. We put a team of Community Development Relationship Managers and Retail Bankers together to transform our award-winning Woodforest FoundrySM (Foundry) Entrepreneurship 4 AllSM (E4All) curriculum from an immersive onsite experience into a 100-percent virtual format in less than 30 days.