About Commerce Bank
Commerce Bank started just as communities were rebuilding after the Civil War. The nation needed to be rebuilt, and Francis Reid Long arrived in Kansas City with $10,000 in capital. He started a bank and was soon funding companies like Long-Bell Lumber, which provided lumber to communities, businesses and the railroads that would connect them to the nation.
Next, visionary Dr. W.S. Woods would transform the Kansas City bank into a modern financial institution. Like a true Midwesterner, Dr. Woods liked to help others — even competitors — and was a cautious but generous banker. His philosophy still guides Commerce Bank today: ask questions and learn as much as you can to understand the situation, and only after weighing the situation critically should you act. Then, when moving forward, do it cheerfully, pleasantly and with good will for the customer… Continue reading about Commerce Bank here
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