BLC Community Bank celebrates 115 years

We don’t have branches. We have roots … roots that have been a pillar of the Fox Valley community since BLC Community Bank’s (Bank of Little Chute) founding in 1906.

From an initial capitalization of $15,000, the bank has seen phenomenal growth, surviving through depressions, recessions, and even the challenges that the 2020 pandemic presented. Now, a nearly $325 million asset bank, BLC Community Bank still operates out of a single branch — part of which includes the original construction — but has expanded it customer base across Wisconsin.

BLC has historically been known as a commercial real estate lender, even in its early days with community growth at the heart of the bank’s service focus. The experienced commercial lending team assists businesses in financing working capital, equipment and machinery, construction, development, mergers and acquisitions among other business needs. Thanks to a dedicated board of directors made up of local business owners, lending decisions are made not only quickly, but with community growth, success and stability in mind. The strong performance, prudent lending and community focus has enabled BLC to remain independent and locally owned.

“We are able to offer our clients competitive, flexible terms and custom financial solutions, personalized to each customer’s unique needs,” says Chief Lending Officer Adam Lange. “The biggest differentiator at BLC is the experience we provide to our clients. Customer service, quick response times and accessibility are principles we take a great deal of pride in. Our goal at a closing is that clients thank us for making things so easy for them.”

BLC has seen many changes over its 115 years. The bank continues to embrace change and growth and focus on improvement with the addition of products such as online and mobile banking, high yield checking, mobile check deposit, instant issue debit cards, and competitive rates on mortgage and business lending. BLC offers the same products and services of larger financials, while maintaining a high level of customer service.

“As BLC continues to grow and expand, we will always stay true to our original values of customer service and community support,”
says President and CEO Steve Tramp. “We may add new technology and new products, but we always want to feel like a hometown bank.”

One thing that hasn’t changed in BLC’s 115-year history of success is the dedication of its employees and the efforts to support the community. Community banking is not only a part of the name, but a core value embraced by its team with volunteer and fundraising efforts to support various nonprofits throughout the Fox Valley.

BLC Community Bank has proudly served over four generations of individuals, families and businesses in the Heart of the Valley since 1906. We’ve been voted Best of the Valley Winner or Finalist “Best Bank” and “Best Mortgage Company” since 2014. For additional information on BLC Community Bank, please visit 

BLC’s Mission: To be the preferred community bank in the Fox Valley, building strong relationships through superior customer service; exhibiting a culture of integrity, hard work and creativity, while creating customer loyalty, employee satisfaction and opportunities to give back to our communities we serve. 

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 402793

206 E. Main St.
Little Chute, WI 54140
(920) 788-4141

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