Empowering a local business to help their community thrive

Customer Spotlight: No Dinx

No Dinx is one of the mid-valley’s oldest and largest screen-printing companies, founded in 1989 by two volleyball teammates who wanted to create, brand, and sell volleyball apparel. The high quality of their services quickly propelled them to the national market — but their main focus is still their local community.

“There are businesses that recirculate money within a community, and then there are businesses that bring revenue in,” said co-founder Corey Barton. “Both are needed, but I’m proud to be one of the companies that bring a positive cash flow into our community.”

Offering embroidery, design services, banners, and more, No Dinx brings in revenue from out of state, out of county, and out of town. “The more positive cash flow a community has, the more economically stable it is,” Barton said. “We benefit people here, even people who have nothing to do with our business.”

About four years ago, No Dinx decided to transition its accounts from one of the nation’s largest financial institutions to Willamette Community Bank. The draw? Local decisions, made by people who take the time to get to know you and your business.

“It was difficult for me to switch, because changing your banking relationships is complex,” Barton said. “To be honest, we were rather trepidacious.”

With that in mind, they decided to test the water, keeping their existing relationships intact at first. But as soon as they experienced the customer relationship at Willamette Community Bank, they realized it was entirely different. “The potential and the benefits were just wonderful,” Barton said. “That’s when we moved everything over.”

Willamette Community Bank worked with No Dinx hands-on, striving to understand not just how they look on paper, but who they are and how they can achieve their goals and dreams. Since then, No Dinx has doubled its employees and increased its revenue locally and nationally, expanding what it’s able to offer its employees, customers, and members of the community.

“We took a very small, little pipedream idea, and turned it into a multi-million dollar business that supports 40 people here in Albany and generates a positive cash flow into the community,” Barton said. “For me, that’s probably the greatest story.”

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