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#2280965 - 02/10/23 09:16 PM Ribbon cutting for pot shop
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Please don't beat me up too bad if you feel this question is... silly. It's been one of those weeks.


We have an employee who is a member of a local chamber. As a chamber member, she has been invited to a ribbon-cutting for a new pot shop. She is hesitant to go (because we do not bank MRBs). I can see both sides in giving her an answer. I would love to hear feedback on your view of this - or hit me upside the head if I'm missing something.
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#2280966 - 02/10/23 09:27 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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#2280977 - 02/10/23 11:58 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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I am an employee of a bank. I am a member of the local chamber of commerce. I fail to see what those two roles have in common?
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#2280986 - 02/12/23 12:28 AM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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As the banker I don't see the issue of not attending because it's an MRB. I see them perhaps wanting to avoid confrontation if the business owner wants to know why they're there after the bank refused their business?

Thinking long term, I'm in the camp that says it will be legalized at some point and banks will them bank MRBs or lose a lot of business. I would tell them now, we just can't, but if the law changes we'd love to bank you. And for that reason, if the bank will consider it, I think the banker should attend for future business development.

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#2280992 - 02/13/23 01:07 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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Thank you. I appreciate the feedback. My comment to her potential concern was that I did not see an initial problem, but I wanted to dig around a bit and get back to her.
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#2281023 - 02/13/23 06:44 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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Personally, I would not attend. I would not want to be associated with the pot shop if my bank did not welcome the business.
The banker would be linked to the shop by virtue of a photograph of the ribbon cutting, and could appear to be condoning pot shops.

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#2281026 - 02/13/23 07:45 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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So, who is the member - the employee or the bank? If it is the employee, then how does the bank get a say as to whether the employee participates in an event sanctioned by the Chamber of Commerce, unless the bank is paying their dues?
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#2281035 - 02/13/23 09:26 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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It is a Chamber of Commerce function, plain and simple. Presumably it is a legal business in your state, so that isn't a concern. Businesses make risk decisions all the time, and the fact that your bank isn't choosing to bank MRBs need not be a big deal. Let your employee make the choice if she is comfortable going. She'll need to exercise diplomacy and business courtesy, but those are good skill sets to possess at those hob nobs anyway. laugh
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#2281038 - 02/13/23 09:54 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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Hint: If the press asks for name and business info for a newspaper or web photo caption, your employee can decline to name the bank. A bit awkward, but ...
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#2281042 - 02/13/23 10:49 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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Chamber "Business after Hours", "Ribbon Cuttings", "Open Houses/Business Tours"....I've been to hundreds and hundreds of 'em...many of them I wouldn't take on as a customer because of many reasons. You go smile, have snacks and as noted above: it is no big deal.

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#2281043 - 02/13/23 10:55 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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"You go smile, have snacks and as noted above: it is no big deal."

You might want to go a little easy on the snacks in this particular case.
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#2281044 - 02/13/23 11:07 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop basilring
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#2281055 - 02/14/23 02:10 PM Re: Ribbon cutting for pot shop Scott Chicoine
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Originally Posted by Scott Chicoine
Chamber "Business after Hours", "Ribbon Cuttings", "Open Houses/Business Tours"....I've been to hundreds and hundreds of 'em...many of them I wouldn't take on as a customer because of many reasons. You go smile, have snacks and as noted above: it is no big deal.

this! after all, don't banks encourage their employees to be members of the community, to join civic organizations, to go out and meet and greet people?
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