Community Impact

We work closely with community groups to ensure we are addressing the most pressing needs, partner with groups willing to provide our employees with volunteer opportunities, and support businesses that are making important investments to create access to services and provide jobs.

Read our 2015 Community Impact Report to learn more about how we are helping to build stronger cities and neighborhoods.

Entrepreneurial Training Programs

We believe that small businesses are the foundation of strong communities. We partner with organizations in Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee to support entrepreneurial training programs to give start-up and early-stage small businesses important skills to help them succeed. Eligible graduates of these programs can apply for financing from The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan Program. Featured training program partners are:


Bethel New Life

The Resurrection Project

Chicago Urban League

City of Chicago – Small Business Opportunity Center

St. Louis

Family Workforce Centers of America

Grace Hill Settlement House Woman’s Business Development Center


Wisconsin Women’s Business Imitative Center

Smart Banking

Our SMART Banking suite includes products like the SMART Affordable Mortgage Loan, offering flexible underwriting and access to special Homeowner Education Programs, which helps make home ownership an affordable reality. We also offer affordable options for quick cash needs through our SMART Personal Loan or SMART Home Improvement Loan. The SMART Step Loan can help those with less than perfect credit help build savings while establishing a good credit relationship by making regularly scheduled and timely payments.1

Financial Empowerment

We work with community groups, schools and other organizations to provide individuals and families with tips and tools to become more financially secure. Topics covered include what it means to have a good – or bad – credit score, how to improve your credit score, steps to homeownership and more. Check our Neighborhood Events section for upcoming seminars in your area.

Loans and lines of credit subject to credit approval.

1 Income eligibility requirements and geographic restrictions for SMART loan products apply and are subject to change at any time without notice; see the SMART Banking Lending Areas & Income Limit Chart for additional information.  Favorable credit results are not guaranteed. Failure to make monthly minimum payments by the payment due date each month will result in negative information reported to credit reporting agencies, which will negatively impact your credit history. Negative credit history will not be removed from your credit report as a result of this program.