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The GRBblog is where we post bank news and information, stories about the great organizations we support, and share relevant local and national business news.

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GRB is pleased to announce that we've been selected as a 2015 Rochester Top Workplace. With rankings determined solely by employee feedback, we placed 13th out of 30 in the Small organization category. THe employee eurvey was conducted by Workplace Dynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. 


Some of the anonymous comments about GRB from our employees include:


"Great to be part of an organization that helps grow Rochester business and, at the same time, creates a positive and rewarding work culture."


"The customers are amazing, the people I work with are easy going and always willing to help each other."


"Being able to create policies and procedures that have a direct impact on the day to day operations and success of the bank."


"Provides an atmosphere where you can accomplish a great deal."


"Lending money to local businesses that allows them to grow and ultimately create jobs in the Rochester area."


GRB President & CEO Phil Pecora notes, "This is a significant accomplishment for the bank, and a true testament to the culture we've worked to build for each other, and to benefit our clients."



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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides loans, loan guarantees, couseling, and other resources to small businesses, helping them start or grow. GRB works with the SBA to provide clients more options for their financing needs. 


Virginia Smith, the Rochester SBA branch manager, visited GRB today to present us with the Bronze Award, for participating in over $1 million in the bank guarantee program for fiscal year 2014 (ended 9/30/14). On hand to receive the award were Senior Vice Presidents Paul Kaiser and Dave Halladay.


Some statistics about GRB's 2014 involvement with the SBA:


  • GRB completed 22 SBA loans for a total of $2.7 million.
  • GRB ranks 6th in the Rochester market for number of loans approved
  • GRB ranks 9th in the market for total dollar amount of loans approved. 


Virginia Smith of the SBA; Paul Kaiser and Dave Halladay of GRB.


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GRB was honored as an Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Group at the 2014 Greater Rochester Awards, sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal and the United Way. We were nominated for this award by the Mary Cariola Childrens' Center.


Mary Cariola is one of the organizations GRB has chosen to support not only financially, but with our employees' volunteer time. We've enjoyed helping out with their annual Beach Party for the kids, with school supply drives, by grilling hotdogs and hamburgers at school picnics, and raising a team for the annual Walking on Sunshine event. Dave Cushman, a Community Relationship Manager, has served on the Walking on Sunshine committee. 


The Rochester Business Journal and the United Way of Greater Rochester present the Greater Rochester Awards, which celebrate the exceptional work done by our community’s human services sector. The awards, given in several categories, honor non-profit staff members, executives, volunteers and programs that make our community a better place to live.




L to R: Dave Cushman, GRB; Karen Zandi, Mary Cariola President & CEO;  Linda Henning, Mary Cariola; Joanne Fisher, Mary Cariola.



GRB attendees included, L to R, Alex Broccuto II, Paul Keenan, Dave Cushman, Ami Panipinto, and Gary Schwingel.

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Home Depot has confirmed that their payment data systems were breached, affecting customers who used a credit or debit card at their US or Canada stores from April to September 2014. 


GRB is proactively working with our fraud detection system to ensure the safety of our customers' account information. We advise our clients to be cautious and aware of the security of their personal information online. Some best practices for enhancing your online security can be found on our website.


Visit Home Depot’s website for more information on the security breach, and the free identity protection services Home Depot is offering to affected customers. 

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You might be aware of recent news headlines regarding the Heartbleed bug, which may compromise encryption used by some websites and allow for personal identification information to be stolen.


Please be assured that GRBonline and Virtual Check Deposit are not affected by the current OpenSSL vulnerability.


As a best practice, we advise our clients to be cautious and aware of the security of their personal information online. Some steps you can take to enhance your online security are:


  • Change the passwords you use for your GRBonline account.
  • Make sure you use unique user names and passwords for each of your online accounts.
  • Protect your user name and password information. Don’t store this information next to your computer.
  • Keep a close eye on your accounts. Enroll in GRBonline and check your accounts frequently.
  • Protect your account information, as well as all other personal identification information, such as your Social Security number, birthdate, or any other personal information. Never provide this information to someone who contacts you by telephone or email requesting this information.


Review Online Transaction Safety for more helpful information.

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