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One Black owned Bank that isn't going out of business

According to recent news reports , "North Milwaukee State Bank.. recently commemorated a milestone of providing service to the community for over 40 years." North Milwaukee State Bank ( now NMSBank ) celebrated "over 40 years of service to the community by hosting a 40 Plus Year the Milwaukee County War Memorial on April 14, 2011. The bank opened its doors on February 12, 1971, becoming Wisconsin’s first minority-owned bank.NMSBank co-founder Dr. William Finlayson states 'I never had any hesitation in opening the bank because I was motivated to bring economic empowerment to the community. People questioned the impact a minority bank would have on the community, but the biggest immediate impact was the sense of pride it gave the community.' NMSBank co-founder Dr. Randle Pollard credits the success of opening NMSBank to the rapid exit of larger banks from the community, the civil rights movement, and a rush of college graduates who majored in acco