iTHINK Financial Credit Union helps with the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Local credit union supports and helps business members

DELRAY BEACH, FL (May 15, 2020) — iTHINK Financial Credit Union was one of the first financial institutions in the country to process loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as a certified SBA 7(a) lender.  iTHINK Financial received over 1,100 applications from businesses and has loaned over $56 million.

The Paycheck Protection Program, created by the CARES Act, ran through its initial $349 billion in less than two weeks. Another $310 billion in funding has recently become available for small businesses in need. iTHINK Financial’s team had an unprecedented response to the PPP.  National reports indicate that only 8% of small business applications received money through the first phase of the PPP.  The iTHINK Financial team worked 7 days a week during the first round of fundings and were able to provide funds for 84% of the small businesses that applied for assistance through iTHINK Financial.

Christopher Russell, Vice President of Member Business Lending at iTHINK Financial stated, “Our team is extremely focused on helping our members and business communities. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to help so many businesses and look forward to helping more companies as funds become available. Our entire team is motivated by the letters, emails and calls expressing how thankful those business owners are that applied with iTHINK Financial.  We responded rapidly and fulfilled as many PPP loans as possible.”

Here are what members are saying about iTHINK Financial’s assistance in getting their PPP loan:

James M. Keenan, COO, Charles Brooks Holding Company – “During stressful times like this, there are many people who step up and go beyond the call of duty to ensure they are doing the right thing for their clients.  You should be proud of Anthony Furino – he is one of those individuals. Our company did not receive timely service by our current bank to assist with the information and submission of the Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans offered by the Small Business Administration.  Through a personal relationship with one of our employees, we were introduced to Anthony, and he was more than willing to help with our application process and submission. I thought you should know that Anthony went above and beyond to assist us.  This level of service is something you don’t see often in the financial world today.  His unselfishness and call to do the right thing, is something that should be celebrated.  I am confident that our company will be doing business with iTHINK Financial soon. On behalf of Charles Brooks Holding Company and please accept my sincere thanks for the efforts made by Anthony.  We owe him a debt of gratitude for his professionalism and responsiveness to our call.”

John Lewis – “Thank you for fighting for me and my business. Only you and your families will ever know how hard your team worked.  I want you to know that my family, my company and its employees are grateful. The relief is priceless.  Of 30 million small businesses in America only 1.2 million were funded in time, you could not have done a better job for us and all your clients. Facing an unprecedented challenge, YOU have made me proud to be a member of iTHINK Financial.”

Douglas C. Williams – “Tremendous thanks to the iTHINK Financial team including Chris Russell, Ben Maffett, Helen Golden, and Christy Judy and others behind the scenes for the fast, personal attention I got during my submission of a PPP loan application. While my bank (soon to be former bank) Wells Fargo dragged their heels and made excuses and didn’t take PPP loan applications until a day before the SBA ran out of PPP money, iTHINK Financial was there for me – and I wasn’t even a member! … yet… I am a member now!  I am in the process of moving all my banking relationships to iTHINK Financial! No more Wells Fargo or any other big bank. Great work to everyone at iTHINK Financial. You have my business and undoubtedly the business of many friends and co-workers I’ve referred to iTHINK Financial who weren’t getting anywhere with their banks. I just can’t express my gratitude enough.”

For more information or questions about applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, please email

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March, iTHINK Financial has seen a 25% increase in the use of their Online Services. Members perform most of their transactions from the comfort and safety of their own home. The credit union has also prepared nearly 50% of their employees to work from home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and provide a safe work environment for their employees. For those still servicing members, they are providing gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer. They have installed sneeze guards in all member service areas and are enforcing the six-foot social distancing rule using markers in all branches.

iTHINK Financial is a Member-owned financial institution that has provided financial services to families for over 50 years. To be eligible for Membership, you must work for or be retired from a Member Company, live in an approved county, worship or attend school in an approved county, or be an immediate family member of/live in the same household as an existing Member. You can begin taking advantage of their very competitive deposit rates on savings and checking by opening an account online using their secure Online Membership Application or call 800.873.5100.

About iTHINK Financial

iTHINK Financial, established in 1969, is a growing and dynamic credit union, with more than 100,000 Members worldwide and over $2 billion in assets. A credit union is a not-for-profit financial institution that is owned by its members. Credit unions generally offer high-yield deposits, low interest-rate loans and low fee structures. iTHINK Financial offers a complete range of products and services including: Checking and Savings accounts, Money Market accounts, Certificates, IRAs, First and Second Mortgages, Car Loans, Visa® Credit Cards, Business Accounts, Business Loans, Business Services, and much more.


Abigail Boburka – CAPM
Marketing Project Manager
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