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At FFB, we know small businesses are essential to our community and we support them every step of the way.

After working around the clock to help 3,100+ small businesses receive over $272 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, we sat down with the owners of those businesses to hear their stories of surviving a crisis.

Celeste England (name)

Celeste J. England Attorney at Law, PLLC

As a family law attorney, Celeste helps people navigate some of the most difficult times in their lives. From day one, Celeste has built her firm around providing affordable services as a way to give back to her community.

During the COVID-19 crisis, a Paycheck Protection Program loan allowed Celeste to keep her staff employed and continue providing pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, giving them a new start.

About Celeste’s Practice

“Someone recently told me, ‘You aren’t living if you’re not giving.’ That’s how I’ve always lived my life, to give back to my community as much as possible. My firm has been built from the very first day on providing services that are affordable for everyone. I pour my heart and soul into every case that I have." — Celeste England

Juan Hidalgo (name)

Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant
& Cantina

Running a restaurant means every day is crazy under normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic. For Juan, the COVID-19 crisis was a time to reflect on his blessings and trust in the relationships he built.

A Paycheck Protection Program loan allowed Juan to keep Hidalgo’s doors open, support all 120 employees and their families, and continue connecting with customers.

About Hidalgo’s Restaurant

“If you’re happy with you, you’ll be happy with what you’re doing, and you’ll pass that happiness to your family. And then your family will be there for support. I believe that’s real success for any person — to feel happy, and have the people that you care about around you and supporting you.”
— Juan Hidalgo

"Si eres feliz con quien eres, serás feliz con lo que haces, y compartirás esa felicidad con tu familia. Y entonces tu familia te apoyará. Yo pienso que esto constituye el éxito para cualquier persona — sentirse feliz, y tener la gente que importa contigo y apoyándote."
— Juan Hidalgo

Scott Brugn (name)

Arizona Elevator Solutions

In a normal, booming Arizona economy, elevator remodels and installs for new and existing construction keep Scott and his employees busy, and this work allows them to support their families.

When business slowed during the pandemic, a Paycheck Protection Program loan from FFB allowed Scott to keep every single employee on the payroll and he did not have to cut a single hour.

About Arizona Elevator Solutions

“We made a great business decision in switching to First Fidelity Bank. FFB funded our PPP loan within 48 hours. With the PPP funding, we’ve been able to keep all employees on the payroll and have not had to cut any hours.”
— Scott Brugh

$272M+

3,100+

PPP loans provided
Small businesses helped

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