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Burling Real Economy Impact Report

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Impact · Community · Connect


Burling puts 100% of its deposits to work in Chicago.*

What’s a Chicago bank?

76 banks have a branch or HQ office in the city of Chicago.

Of these 76 banks, 20 put 100% of their deposits to work in Chicago.

Of these 20 banks, 5 put 85% or more of the total money in the bank into the real economy**, which Mighty also refers to as the neighborhood economy or communities, in the form of community loans and investments.**

Burling Bank is one of these banks.

How Banks in Chicago Focus their Financing in Chicago

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*Deposits put to work is the share of the bank's deposits held in branches within the local area as a percentage of the bank's total domestic deposits, as reported on the FDIC Summary of Deposits Survey. Data updated Q1 2018.

**Real economy financing, which Mighty also refers to as community or neighborhood financing, includes the sum of total assets in the bank that finance business loans, housing loans and securities, construction loans, municipal loans and securities, farm loans, and consumer loans as reported on the Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Call Report. Examples of non real economy financing by banks includes assets in the bank, like trading assets, used to invest in financial markets. Data updated Q1 2018.

Burling is a leader in serving Chicago’s fintech and small business community.

Meet business owners who choose to keep their bank accounts with Burling.


93% of Burling’s small business loans are made in Chicago.

As a small business, Burling Bank focuses on working with other small businesses in Chicago, from housing developers to yoga studio owners to local fintech companies.

As illustrated below, Burling Bank makes a majority of its small business loans to small businesses that call Chicago home.

Burling Makes 93% of its Total Small Business Loans in Chicago* 

Meanwhile, Big Banks in Chicago make the majority of their small business loans to businesses located outside of Chicago.

Big Banks in Chicago on Average Make 3% of their Total Small Business Loans in Chicago**

When you bank your deposits with Burling, your money is used to fund small business loans in Chicago.

*The number of small business loans originated by Burling Bank in the Chicago MSA as a percentage of all small business loans originated by the bank nationwide, as reported on Burling Bank's 2016 CRA Performance Evaluation, the most recent available for this bank.

**The number of small business loans originated by all "Big Banks in Chicago" in the Chicago MSA as a percentage of all small business loans originated by these banks nationwide, as reported on each bank's 2016 CRA Disclosure Report, the most recent available for these banks. "Big Banks in Chicago" includes banks with more than $50 billion in total assets and with a branch in the Chicago metro area. 


80% of your money on deposit in Burling funds communities.

Different banks put depositors' money to work in different ways. 80% of your money on deposit in Burling Bank is put to work to finance the real economy*, or the neighborhood economy or communities, primarily in the form of loans to business, housing, and public works.

Translated, this means that $80 of every $100 you have on deposit with Burling Bank finances communities. 

Dollar for dollar, Burling Bank puts $31 more financing into communities for every $100 on deposit than Big Banks with a branch in the Chicago metro area.

You can see how different banks compare in their community financing focus, below.


Percent of Total Dollars in Bank Invested in the Real Economy*

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*"Total Dollars in Bank Invested in the Real Economy" include the sum of business loans, housing loans and securities, construction loans, municipal loans and securities, farm loans, and consumer loans as a percentage of total bank assets as reported on the Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Call Report and the FDIC Summary of Deposits Survey. "Big Bank Industry Average in Chicago" includes banks with more than $50 billion in total assets and with a branch in the Chicago metro area. Average weighted by bank size. Data updated Q4 2017.


Impact · Community · Connect

Q&A with Burling Deposit Clients

“It’s good for us to be able to work with a bank that shares our mission.”

Rasheed Hammouda, CEO & CoFounder of Bridge FT

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BridgeFT, located in the Chicago Loop, builds highly automated SaaS technology for financial advisors to run their business. BridgeFT Cofounder & CEO Rasheed Hammouda spoke with Mighty about his company’s relationship with Burling Bank.

Mighty: How and why did you choose Burling Bank?

BridgeFT: We were introduced to Burling a couple years ago by others in the fintech community. We were pretty unhappy with the relationship we had with our previous bank at the time (a large national institution), and were looking for something new. We now bank with Burling. It’s good for us to work with a bank that shares our mission to build the local startup community.

M: What sort of banking do you do with Burling?

BFT: Burling is our primary bank for our entire business.

M: What distinguishes Burling from other banks you've worked with?

BFT: If you need attention from their top executives, the team is there for you. They have deep roots in the city, and as a result can help with introductions. Also, Burling's mobile and online experience is far superior to the larger bank we previously banked with.

M: Tell us a bit more about BridgeFT.

BFT: We are growing fast and expanding our team. We are looking for people who want to help us scale as a company and as an ally to the Chicago startup community.

Contact BridgeFT

“Burling to me feels like a small bank you can trust.”

Amanda Williams, Architect, Artist & Founder, AW Gallery

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Amanda Williams is an architect-turned-artist and owner of AW Studio based in Bridgeport, Chicago. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Amanda investigates color, race, and space in her work.  Below, Amanda shares a bit about her banking experience with Burling.

Mighty: How did you learn about Burling Bank?

Amanda Williams: I learned about Burling from my husband. He learned about Burling through his work in Chicago trading, which he did after retiring as a professional athlete.

M: What was your first impression of Burling?

AW: At first I associated Burling and its downtown location with trading and finance, and for people working in trading and finance.

M: Is that still how you see Burling now?

AW: I’ve come to see Burling as a neighborhood place. People there know your name when you walk in. They’ve seen my girls grow up. When I was growing up, my parents’ accounts with big banks seemed like a necessary evil. Their account with a credit union, was the closest they came to the personal experience of a small bank. Burling to me feels like a small bank you can trust.  

M: What banking do you do with Burling?

AW: My husband and I have almost all of our accounts with Burling: checking, savings, and business accounts. I’m an artist, not a trader, and I enjoy keeping my business accounts with Burling even though we no longer live near the bank (we live in Bronzeville), and my art studio is located in Bridgeport.

M: How is banking different now that you live farther away from the bank?

AW: I used to stop in the bank to get cash when I lived close by, which was nice. But this is less of a problem now as I (and everyone it seems) is carrying less cash, and I can manage my banking via the phone and digitally. Burling’s mobile app is great. I can deposit checks with my mobile phone.  When I do have to go into the bank, it requires a bit of advanced scheduling on my part for it to fit into my day, but I’m happy to do it because its a local business I enjoy visiting. Who looks forward to visiting their bank!?! I enjoy seeing the team there and maintaining a connection. This feeling should happen a bit more in life in relationship to business vendors.

M: Your work has been featured in many outlets: the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Arts Club of Chicago, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, to name a few. You’re also a member of the Museum Design Team for the Obama Presidential Center, a 2018 United States Artists Fellow for Architecture & Design, and a Fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago. What inspires your work, and what do you hope your work inspires in others?

AW: Neighborhoods are a big influence on my work. I grew up in Auburn Gresham, attended elementary and high school in Hyde Park, now live in Bronzeville, and run my business in Bridgeport.  I spend a lot of time thinking about Englewood, which was the location of my Color(ed) Theory painted house project and where I’m eager to support the organizations leading positive transformation. In my work, I feel successful when people are asking questions of themselves about assumptions they’ve made about something they thought they knew. My objective is to really connect with someone on a level that leads them to “imagine if…” and for a moment, from a new perspective about how all parts of the city can thrive.

Keep connected to news of Williams’ work via her website, including an upcoming exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (opening January 2019).


Burling Small Business Clients

"This is beautiful! Please, fix it--whatever it takes."

Brad Suster, Owner of Luxe Property Managers and President, Executive Board of Directors of Preservation Chicago

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As featured in the Chicago Reader:

Unlike many [real estate] developers, Brad Suster doesn't sell most of his landmark-quality properties after renovation. He holds on to them, even if the rents are too low for him to break even, intending to sit on them for ten or twenty years, “if not forever.”

Suster strives to maintain the integrity of the original features. Miguel Salgado, captain of one of Suster's work crews, has often found himself trying to persuade him of the impossibility of preserving certain damaged vintage elements. Once the two argued about a badly mangled front door. Salgado said it was beyond salvation but Suster wouldn't hear of buying “some new door.”

“This is beautiful!” Suster implored. “Please, fix it--whatever it takes."

Read the full Chicago Reader article: Anti-Demolition Man.

"We're a purpose-driven Chicago company and value working with purpose-driven partners and clients."

Lauren Goggins, Owner of Bottom Line Yoga

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Bottom Line Yoga offers yoga, meditation and corporate wellness classes around the work day for professionals interested in a yoga experience that is uniquely Chicago. The studio has been voted among the top 10 Chicago yoga studios by Timeout and Yelp and is always interested in connecting with professionals seeking to achieve balance in their work and purpose.

Check out Bottom Line Yoga’s Class Schedule

“Burling understands the importance of small business relationships.”

John and Deanna Rebello, Owners of Wabash Seafood


Wabash Seafood is a family-owned, family-operated company located in the heart of Chicago’s West Side.  

According to John and Deanna Rebello, "We started Wabash Seafood in 1989 to fill a gap in the city's wholesale seafood market, which was dominated by large corporate distributors at the time. Today we distribute quality seafood to the top chefs in the city. Burling understands small business ethos, the importance of small business relationships, and the importance of setting standards of excellence when making your name in small business."

Contact Wabash Seafood

“We're proud to bank local."

Jim Zespy, Owner of Logan Arcade


"At Logan Arcade you can find beer, pinball and video games,” Zespy says. “Also, local appreciation.”

Located in Logan Square, Logan Arcade promotes offering the best-maintained and most extensive public collection of vintage pinball and video games in Chicago. See the list of pinball and video games offered, here.

Community Organizations Receiving Financial & Strategic Support from Burling

"In Burling we found a partner that is focused on small business relationships and understands the future of fintech.”

Chris Rentner, Founder and CEO of Akouba

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Akouba is a software company that aims to provide the best user experience in online loan applications for small businesses interested to work with banks and credit unions. Burling has partnered with Akouba to help small business loan applicants complete a Burling loan application online in an average of 10 minutes.

"In Burling, we found a partner that is focused on small business relationships and understands the future of fintech,” Rentner said. “Burling is making investments in technologies that serve small business marketplaces."

Learn more about Akouba, here.

"It’s important to let startups know that there are banks in Chicago that want to encourage what they are doing, and to work with them.”

Michael Busch, CEO of Burling Bank on the bank’s financial support of FinTEx

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FinTEx is a nonprofit hub committed to growing financial technology in the Midwest. Burling Bank is a founding member of FinTEx and its center of excellence, Currency.

According to Michael Busch, Burling Bank CEO, “It’s important to let startups know that there are banks in Chicago that want to encourage what they are doing, and to work with them. A startup may just need a deposit account. They may need a lending facility. They may need introductions to private equity investors. A bank like Burling Bank can provide these introductions and be a valued partner with startups."

Listen to Burling Bank CEO Michael Busch and FinTEx Cofounder Lisa Curran talk financial technology growth in Chicago. 

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