Written by Guild Executive Director and Founder Kyra Wilson Cook
There is a reason why “MetroWest” is in our name: the Guild started with writers living in the beautiful small towns that shape the landscape between busy Boston and wonderful Worcester. Massachusetts is, in its ways, a continuous small town. It doesn’t take much to cross from neighborhood to neighborhood, little suburb to little suburb. And the families that make up these places are just as interconnected. We are neighbors and we are writers. It’s a wonderful way to be a community.
When it was time to “get serious” and turn the Guild into an incorporated nonprofit, there were many choices for banking, many digital and “easy” to sign up. I considered those options, but, frankly, given how unique the nonprofit space is, I wanted to make sure we had a bank that would get to know us more personally. I asked around for what bank might be a good fit, and someone recommended Acton’s Enterprise Bank branch.
Since our first day with Enterprise, the Guild has been at home. Carla, the Branch Manager, has been a supporter and friend since I first told her who we are and what we’re doing. We got set up easily and every time I’ve needed something, I’ve had extraordinarily kind and efficient customer service that has put me at ease and provided me with whatever I’ve needed.
As the Guild continues to grow and expand, we must seek new sources of revenue and support to sustain our programming. It might not seem intuitive to ask your bank for funding, but my recent fundraising class assured me this was one of the first places I should look! I am grateful to share that it was a delightful surprise to ask for support for our second-ever Annual Appeal and receive it. We’re fortunate to have a community bank that values the arts and believes in little start-ups like ours.
The $500 gift we received will help us build capacity and plant the seed for the small press we are opening this year.
If you are a writer who is looking for a bank to support you on the business side of your writing, or if you’re a community nonprofit who is looking for a financial “home,” we hope you’ll reach out to Carla and her team at Enterprise Bank in Acton (or a local Enterprise Bank near you!). They’re wonderful. We’re so grateful for their support!
You can learn more about Enterprise Bank by visiting their website, www.enterprisebanking.com