Category Archives: Community

GRB Mortgage Raises Awareness and Funds for Veterans Outreach Center

GRB Mortgage Raises Awareness and Funds for Veterans Outreach Center Capping off a month-long fundraising effort, the GRB Mortgage team was pleased to present a check for $3,100 to Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) Executive Director Todd Baxter. GRB Mortgage donated $25 to the VOC for each mortgage application submitted during the month of July. “Real […]


GRB Mortgage Starts New Year with Benefit for Open Door Mission

GRB Mortgage Starts New Year with Benefit for Open Door Mission As a residential mortgage provider, GRB has the pleasure of helping hundreds of individuals and families buy homes each year.  As we begin the new year and feel the temperatures dropping outside, it’s hard not to think about those who cannot come home to […]


Celebrating Women of Excellence – Including GRB’s Allana Lazeroff

We are proud to be celebrating alongside one of the Rochester Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Excellence, GRB’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Allana Lazeroff.  Allana received her award, along with other deserving #ROC women at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on May 9. Allana is a 25-year veteran of […]


Never Forget

We all know where we were when we saw the events that would change our world forever. Our shared experience brought terrible, terrible grief. But it also brought us a collective strength that we use to remember this day with something positive.


10 Tips to Make Sure Your Business is Ready for Saturday’s #ShopSmall Customers

With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided a list of 10 tips to help business owners take full advantage of the opportunity to connect with local shoppers. More than two-thirds of every dollar spent at local small businesses stays in the local economy, so Small Business Saturday […]


Making Progress on Helping Our Business Community

In uncertain times, being able to help others can often be our greatest comfort.  Since this crisis began, GRB has implemented a number of protections for consumer customers to ease their financial burden.  I am proud to add that over the last 72 hours we have also been able to offer our small business customers […]


PPP Loan Closings Begin at GRB

We are just a little more than 10 days into the launch of the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and I am proud to announce that GRB has already closed its first 80 PPP loans. That means we are getting much-needed funds into the hands of our community businesses.  This initial group represents […]


GRB Proud to Participate in ROC Chamber’s “We’re Open” Campaign

The positive message was passed to some 111 companies in the Rochester region as the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce launched its “We’re Open” video campaign. GRB was proud to be one of the companies participating. GRB’s portion of the video in Cut Two featured (from left to right) President and CEO Philip Pecora, Commercial […]


In a World of Virtual Meetings, Community Still Connects Us

When GRB provides a donation to an organization, we usually like to do it in person. We invite the organization to our offices, give them an opportunity to meet our employees, and spend a few minutes sharing what they do everyday to help the community. Sometimes, this generates a volunteer or an idea for another […]


GRB Community Give Back Supports Local Businesses

The last few months have left nearly everyone wondering what we can do to help our local businesses recover. As a community bank, this is a particularly important question for GRB. We eliminated fees, deferred loans and supported a number of not-for-profit organizations. We focused on processing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as quickly […]


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15

Roughly 20 percent of older Americans fall prey to financial exploitation losing on average $120,000, or $3 billion every year, according to a study from the AARP Public Policy Institute. Be on the Lookout for Elder Financial Abuse Scams The unfortunate reality is that older adults are attractive targets for financial exploitation because they possess […]


#ShopSmall Tips for Helping #ROC Businesses Today and Every Day

With Small Business Saturday® just around the corner and so many small businesses still reeling, the #ShopSmall movement is more important than ever.


Financial Fact or Fool? An April Fool’s Day Financial Check Up

Financial advice is everywhere, but much of it falls into the realm of rumor, half-truth and speculation. When talking about your finances, it helps to identify your goals and establish a plan that brings those goals closer to fruition. If you need help, look for qualified individuals (accountants, legal counsel, financial planners, etc.) to provide […]


April is Community Banking Month

The idea of “sustainability” is linked to a lot of local activities these days. We reuse and recycle products, make purchases at a local bakery, and choose to buy American-made products. We know this supports our national economy. In turn, there are plenty of reasons why eating, dining, and banking locally makes good economic sense. […]


Happy National Small Business Week

At GRB, we celebrate small business every day.  We’re a small business and we are deeply engaged with the small business community here in the Greater Rochester region. We know this community and understand its unique needs and opportunities. GRB has been the top U.S. Small Business Administration lender in Greater Rochester the last two years. […]


Honoring SBA District and New York State “Business Person of the Year”

During National Small Business Week, we are thrilled to extend our sincere congratulations to Steven Olschewski, owner of Clubhouse Fun Centers in Greece and Henrietta. Mr. Olschewski was named U.S. Small Business Administration district and New York State “Business Person of the Year” during this year’s celebration of National Small Business Week. This is the […]