Farmers & Merchants Bank Awards $20,000 In Grants To Support Small Businesses for Pandemic Relief

January 04, 2021

LONG BEACH, CA (January 4, 2021) - Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M Bank), California’s Strongest, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Micro/Small Business Grant Program, each receiving between $1,500 and $5,000: Garrett James of Ironmen Basketball $2,500; Gerardo Villa-Lobos of Centro Documental $3,500; Pauly Flores of Flores Learning Child Care $5,000; Christine Okjin Roh of Bons Dry Cleaners $2,500; Mario Lemus of B&M Printing Inc. $1,500; Brenda De Leon of De Leon Family Daycare $5,000.

In response to the escalating need for pandemic relief resources, F&M Bank committed $20,000 to support local micro or small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 who have been forced to make adjustments to stabilize the business while continuing to support the local community. Eligible businesses could apply for a grant up to $5,000, with the potential to receive a matching grant via the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s ‘Make a Contribution to Make a Difference’ grant matching program.

Winners were selected from 84 applicants by a Grants Selection Committee comprised of F&M Bank employees. Preference was given to businesses serving low to moderate income communities and/or those owned by a member of an underrepresented community. Being an F&M Bank client was not a requirement.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s grant program, said Cheryl Ryman, F&M Bank Vice President, Community Reinvestment Act Officer. Thank you to our friends at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco for making the matching program available via its member banks.

Each of us has had to rethink how we conduct business this year while maintaining balance within our own households, said Andrea Carlson, F&M Bank Vice President, Fair & Responsible Lending Officer. I am grateful and proud of our teams’ efforts to create opportunities that support small businesses in our community.

We are grateful for the opportunity to assist these small businesses during this uncertain time, said W. Henry Walker, F&M Bank President. We believe an investment in our local small businesses is an investment in our economic future.

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About Farmers & Merchants Bank
Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank provides white-glove service to clients at 25 branches across Orange County, Long Beach, the South Bay and Santa Barbara, as well as through robust Online and Mobile Banking platforms. The Bank offers commercial and small business banking, business loan programs, home loans, and a robust offering consumer retail banking products, including checking, savings and youth accounts. Farmers & Merchants Bank is a California state-chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about F&M, please visit the website,