Feb 15, 2021

How Optus Bank is helping small businesses succeed

Norman Mills stood outside Royal Automotive Techs, the auto repair shop he co-owns in Columbia, South Carolina, while a photographer asked him to look at the camera and pose naturally. Instantly, Mills flashed a contagious smile.

Feb 12, 2021

SC’s only Black-owned bank receives multi-million equity investment from Wells Fargo

With the capital from Wells Fargo, Optus Bank can be more equipped to help local minority communities by offering more small business loans, mortgage loans, financial education and a larger deposit-taking capacity. This growth can help meet the bank’s mission to serve those previously unbanked, underbanked and historically underserved.

Feb 8, 2021

Wells Fargo Invests in Six Black-Owned Banks

Wells Fargo today announced equity investments in six African American Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) as part of its March 10, 2020, pledge to invest up to $50 million in Black-owned banks. As part of the capital investment, the banks will have access to a dedicated Wells Fargo relationship team that will provide financial, technological, and product development expertise in order to help each institution grow and benefit their local community.

Jan 15, 2021

Footnotes Episode 12: Dom Mjartan

Dominik Mjartan, CEO of Optus Bank, has a mission to create equal access to financial services and asset building opportunities for all. Growing a community doesn't start with helping someone pull themselves up by their bootstraps, it starts with giving them boots.

Jan 14, 2021

Duke Energy establishes relationship with Optus Bank to support minority-owned businesses

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced today it has deposited $5 million into Optus Bank, a Black-owned bank based in South Carolina, furthering the company’s support for diverse and minority-owned businesses, individuals and low income communities. The transaction was completed at the end of 2020. One of approximately 20 banks designated as Black or African American owned in the U.S., Optus Bank will use the money Duke Energy deposited to provide other minority-owned businesses and underserved communities equal access to capital loans and financial services.

Jan 12, 2021

New PPP changes aim to serve businesses owned by marginalized communities

This is the week a new round of Paycheck Protection Program loans became available for pandemic-ravaged businesses. These loans don’t have to be paid back if rules are met. Right now, loans are open for first-time applicants. And the application has to go through community banking organizations — no big banks, for now, at least.

Jan 11, 2021

New COVID-19 relief loans now open. Restaurants, retail expected to lead demand.

COLUMBIA — The Bank of South Carolina is compiling a list of small-business owners calling in asking about more funds from forgivable federal loans as COVID-19 continues to pummel large swaths of the Palmetto State’s economy.

Dec 19, 2020

Columbia Business Monthly 50 Most Influential and the Hall of Fa

Since the beginning of this year, Optus Bank’s total assets, loans and earnings are on track to more than double the previous year totals while facing many Covid-19 related challenges.

Dec 13, 2020

Commercial lending push at Black-owned banks gets results

After decades of operating on the periphery of financial services, Black-owned banks are beginning to find seats at the tables where corporate transactions are brokered.

Dec 10, 2020

Black-owned banks band together to finance pro sports facility

A group of Black-owned banks will refinance a major construction loan for the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team in a deal that organizers hope will spur more investment in Black-owned banks.