ASHEBORO — If you’re looking to meet new people and make more connections within the Asheboro business community, be sure to come out to the next event in the Business After Hours series, created by the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce.


First Bank, a North Carolina-based community bank which has recently expanded its footprint to provide banking services to much of western North Carolina, will be hosting this month’s Business After Hours at its Asheboro branch, 335 S. Fayetteville St., on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. The event is open for all chamber members and guests.


Guests will have a chance to meet the newest members of the local First Bank team, who will also be in attendance. Branch manager John Walters, business development officer and commercial lender Dawn Morton and senior vice president and city executive Cranford Knott are part of First Bank’s Asheboro staff, and will be among the many hard-working locals on hand enjoying the cocktails, snacks and prizes that are all part of the series.


“We’re really excited to be part of this event,” Knott said. “Getting the chance to meet and socialize with our neighbors in the community is so important to us. Hearing about the business environment from their perspective helps us think about what we can do to be even better financial partners here at First Bank.”


First Bank’s roots run deep in North Carolina. In 1935, the brand launched as Bank of Montgomery in Troy. Following a name change to First Bank in 1985, they expanded operations to serve the communities outside of Montgomery County; they are proudly headquartered in Southern Pines. The bank has grown to be the largest independent North Carolina community bank, with more than 100 branches across the Carolinas.


First Bank builds its services and products around the belief that its customers are meant to achieve financial independence, to prosper and to pursue the passions that drive their dreams. Each branch location is staffed by a team of professionals who are deeply rooted in their communities. They are a small enough company to provide the personal attention you deserve, while also offering the big-bank services and tools you need to manage your finances.


The exciting growth is a reflection of the mission statement that’s guided First Bank through more than 70 years of evolution: They aim to be the best community bank in every community they serve and through every channel they offer.


The event is free to attend. To RSVP, email chamber@asheboro.com or call 336-626-2626.