Helping People….Changing Lives

Local representatives from Northwest Bank recently presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. (CODI). CODI is an affiliate organization of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. with a mission to create opportunities for business development. The donation will support the agency’s work providing technical assistance and loan capital to business start-ups and existing businesses that may have trouble securing financing through traditional lenders. CODI is certified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). It has provided 91 business loans to entrepreneurs since its inception in 2003.

Northwest Bank has branches in Jamestown, Lakewood, and Falconer in Chautauqua County. They are a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, employee benefits, and investment management, as well as personal and business insurance services.

Pictured: Joelle Washer, Megan Herman, Diane Hewitt-Johnson (CODI CEO), and Karen Galbato