Citibank hosts ‘instantly rewarding’ SpeedBiz meeting

By Bari Auerbach….

Citibank Aventura team with Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media (left); Back row (l-r) Britney Beal, teller; Natasha Allenger, business banker; Sobia Saqib, personal banker; Paola Lobato, branch manager; Anthony Leon, business banker; Bianca Valverde, personal banker; Front row: Carmen Felder, teller; Sandra Dubon, universal banker

Faster than you can say “It can really pay to open a Citibank checking account,” Citibank on Aventura Boulevard helped create the quickest way to build business by hosting an Aventura Marketing Council SpeedBiz meeting – the “short and sweet” monthly networking event presented by the AMC’s Small Business Development Committee.

Citibank Branch Manager Paola Lobato and Business Banker Natasha Allenger helped welcome a great turnout of business and community leaders to the morning Lightning Biz event likened to “speed dating for your business – only better!“

“SpeedBiz has become a favorite to many Aventura Marketing Council members as it provides a way to connect one-on-one with new members and a way to reconnect with long-time members,” said Aventura Comm. Michael Stern of Stern Bloom Media, who serves as Chair of the AMC’s Small Business Development Committee.

During the SpeedBiz meeting, AMC members were invited to check out how it literally pays to open a Citibank checking account. Through Dec. 31st, you can get $100 after opening a Citigold Account or $50 after opening a Citibank Account. For more information about qualifying for cash rewards with accounts opened online or by phone, call 866-579-2389 and mention code CGPO or visit While making fast friends, everyone also learned why Citibank is ideal for small and commercial business. In keeping with the philosophy “Your success is our ultimate goal,” Citibank products and services help businesses grow, stay competitive and keep customers satisfied.

Premier services and solutions include: CitiBusiness Preferred Banking with benefits such as free monthly transactions, rebates and bonuses, special rates and pricing; CitiBusiness Online enabling you to view account balances and activity, send domestic and internatioinal wires, make bill payments, view statements and check images online; CitiBusiness Payroll Manager; Remote Check Deposit; and Merchant Card Processing.

Citibank also features Account Manager Suite – perfect for lawyers, property managers, CPA’s and qualified intermediaries responsible for managing client funds; a Healthcare Professionals Program offering custom banking solutions for doctors and dentist; a Legal Professionals Program with a combination of products and services for law firms in private practice – especially those managing client funds; and Foreign Exchange & Trade – putting Citibank’s global expertise and tools to work for you.

AMC entrepreneurs also commended Citibank for “quick thinking” ideas for businesses. At, you can view a Citibank Small Business event entitled “Drive Sales and Referrals Using Social Media” as well as helpful tips for doing email marketing and insights for doing business online.

Before the SpeedBiz meeting was over, everyone rushed to compliment the Aventura Marketing Council for creating a forum for business building that’s always an “instant success” complete with brewed coffee and bagels. Extra special thanks was also expressed to Citibank for opening extra early and proving Citi Never Sleeps!

For more information about Citibank, located on Aventura Boulevard, call 305- 705-1062 or visit To contact the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305- 932-5334.

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