Accounting Firms

Stockman Kast Ryan + Co

102 N. Cascade Ave.

Phone: 630-1186

Web: skrco.com

Year Established: 1995

Number of Employees: 60-70

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What makes your business stand out?

“That’s easy. The people we have. They are terrific people. We train them a lot, but they are all also very competent. Our main focus is client service; it’s our main goal. I’m not surprised, but I am often very happy about how they go the extra mile to serve people. That’s the trouble with this business — in accounting, your assets walk out the door every night. I could go on and on.” — Dave Kast, partner

Second: BiggsKofford

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Third: The Shafer Group

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Banks

Wells Fargo

90 S. Cascade Ave.

Phone: 800-869-3557

Web: wellsfargo.com

Year Established: 1866 locally; 1852 nationally

Number of Employees: 700 in Colorado Springs

What makes your business stand out from the competition?

“It is the culture and the priority we have on helping our customers succeed. Whatever our customers’ definition of success, we want to provide the product, services and advice the customer needs.” — Cristie Drumm, vice president of corporate communications

Second: US Bank

usbank.com

Third: FirstBank

efirstbank.com

Credit Unions

Ent Credit Union

7250 Campus Drive

Phone: 574-1100

Web: Ent.com

Year Established: 1957

Number of Employees: 660

What makes your business different?

“We are purely local, and we pride ourselves in taking care of our members and doing the right thing for our members. Personal service is one of our trademarks; we always think of our members first.” — Randy Bernstein, president and CEO

Second: Security Services Federal Credit Union

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Third: Air Academy Federal Credit Union

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Financial Advisers

Ent Credit Union

7250 Campus Drive

Phone: 574-1100

Web: Ent.com

Year Established: 1957

Number of Employees: 660

What is your business philosophy?

“It’s pretty simple: Members matter most. Take care of the members and everything else works. We’re pretty conservative. Basically, we’re a simple operation … without members we would not have a business.” — Randy Bernstein, president and CEO

Second: USAA

usaa.com

Third: Northwestern Mutual

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SBA Lenders

Wells Fargo

902 N. Cascade Ave.

Phone: 577-5496

Web: wellsfargo.com

Year Established: 1852 in San Francisco; 1866 in Colorado

Number of Employees: 700 in Colorado Springs

Why do you think readers chose Wells Fargo?

“At Wells Fargo, we’re committed to helping small businesses succeed financially. SBA lending is an important way we provide business owners the financing they need to build their businesses. Every SBA loan we make is helping a local business owner start, expand or invest in a business. Through SBA lending, Wells Fargo offers financing to a segment of credit-worthy small business owners who may not be able to obtain a conventional loan or loan terms that meet their business needs. For instance, if a business has limited liquidity for a down payment, a shortfall in collateral to secure a loan, or a more highly leveraged balance sheet, an SBA loan may be the right alternative. For FY 2016 through April, Wells Fargo is Colorado’s No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars (more than $62 million), and in loans (297) — up 54 percent in dollars and 58 percent in loans from a year ago.” — Cristie Drumm, vice president of corporate communications

Second: US Bank

usbank.com

Third: Peoples Bank

epeoples.com

Mortgage Lenders

Ent Credit Union

7250 Campus Drive

Phone: 574-1100

Web: Ent.com

Year Established: 1957

Number of Employees: 660

Why do you think your business was chosen for this award?

“In our member surveys, they say they like the service they get from us. We offer pretty fair rates; we have very few fees; and we listen to our members and are very flexible in the terms and conditions of our loans.” — Randy Bernstein, president and CEO

Second: Peoples National Bank

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Third: Wells Fargo

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