First National Bank helps locals with nearly $60M in PPP loans

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As of May 11, nearly 500 greater Livingston County small businesses now have over $59 million available to keep their employees on the payroll through the Paycheck Protection Program and First National Bank.

In addition to that, over 200 Livingston County families and businesses with the most-urgent need have some breathing room as First National has worked with them to defer their monthly loan.

Ron Long

“Our bankers worked incredibly hard through many late, late evenings and long weekends to ensure that our local business friends and neighbors received their fair share of forgivable PPP loan dollars,” said Ron Long, president and CEO of First National. “My heartfelt thanks go out to the First National team for all they accomplished in helping our local small business community at a time when they needed it most.”

Local business leaders agree.

“I’ve banked with First National for over five years and they’ve always been there for me,” said Dr. Tianna Rooney, owner of Perspectives Therapy Services in Brighton. “They were really there for us this time, making certain that my company got the help and resources it needed. Perspectives has been able to continue providing high-quality mental health services during this critical time to our local community in great part because of our relationship with First National.”

Unlike many institutions, First National was even able to assist some in the community who were not currently First National customers.

Tina Jackson, president and CEO of Workskills Corp. said Workskills would have never met the deadline and received funding had it not been for First National Bank.

“Ron Long and Marty Smith from First National Bank were fantastic when we needed help processing our PPP loan application,” Jackson said. “Based on our experience, I would highly recommend First National to any business looking for a new local bank.”

As the only bank headquartered in Livingston County, First National takes great pride serving and being a leader in the greater Livingston County community.  The COVID pandemic situation called for both and the and the bank has once again stepped up for their clients and our community.

“Can you reach your bank’s board chair at 4 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon? That’s exactly what one of First National’s valued customers did, concerned about their finances and commercial loan payment,” said Phil Utter, board chair at First National Bank. “I immediately got their loan officer involved, and by Tuesday morning, the customer’s payments had been deferred for the next three months.

“Our entire board of directors is so proud of our bank and what our First National team has been able to do for the Livingston County community – at a time when we were needed most.”

First National Bank, a key community leader in Livingston County for more than 125 years, is focused on providing practical financial services to families and businesses. With a commitment toward knowledgeable, personalized service, First National serves customers through eight conveniently located Livingston County offices, and online at As the only bank headquartered in Livingston County, First National takes great pride in its corporate citizenship and is known and respected for their support of causes and events that add to the quality of life across Livingston County. See First National’s whole story at

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