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Recent News

Check out what's happening at First Southwest Bank

2024 National Small Business Week

FSWB Named SBA Colorado’s Rural Lender of the Year for 2024

Recognition from the Small Business Administration highlights the bank's dedication to fostering economic growth in rural Colorado.

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Our green energy programs are a win-win

This program adds to our suite of green energy financing options that are friendly to people and the planet, supporting environmental initiatives such as solar and energy efficiency projects, electric vehicle purchases and now e-bike purchases.

Leadership Alamosa event

FSWB and FSWCF Employees Graduate from Inaugural Leadership Alamosa Program

Congratulations to the 16 graduates of the inaugural Leadership Alamosa program…

Eric Guttormson

Welcome Eric Guttormson, Sr. Lending Officer

Eric will be responsible for providing strategic direction for the Lending Department, while also ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. 

Tesla Charging Station in Alamosa

FSWB Alamosa Branch installs first Tesla superchargers in San luis valley

Superchargers bring convenience to Tesla travelers in the San Luis Valley.

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Yuri Cendejas Promoted to Regional Branch Manager

First Southwest Bank (FSWB) is excited to announce Yuri Cendejas' promotion to Regional Branch Manager based in Alamosa…

Melissa Clark and Katy Dickey

Fswb’s Melissa Clark and Katy Dickey Graduate from Leadership Alamosa Program

The Leadership Alamosa program cultivates and develops strong, confident, and collaborative leaders in our community.

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Kristy Esquibel Appointed as Chief Credit Officer, EVP

An experienced banking professional, Ms. Esquibel will be responsible for managing FSWB’s credit quality and policy, overseeing consumer and commercial underwriting, loan operations, and special assets.

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New Reporting Due for Business Owners

Business owners, did you know that as of January 1, 2024, many businesses must now report information about the individuals that own or control the company?
Find out what you need to do.

FSWB team at the 11th Annual Southwest Colorado Small Business Conference

INVEsting in Our Region’s Business Community

First Southwest Bank was proud to serve as title sponsor at the 11th Annual Southwest Colorado Small Business Conference, hosted by the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center,

West Slope Startup Week


First Southwest Bank (FSWB) is proud to sponsor West Slope Startup Week (WSSW), August 21-25 in Durango, CO. 

WSSW is a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in rural Colorado.

Joseph Garcia

fswb's joseph garcia earns prestigious banking diploma

Joseph Garcia, Controller, Sr. Vice President of First Southwest Bank, has graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado’s state-of-the-art graduate school of banking program.

Financial Inclusion Summit 2023

Building a More Inclusive and Equitable Banking System in Colorado

First Southwest Bank (FSWB) recently participated in an important dialogue around financial inclusion in Colorado. Sherry Waner, FSWB Chief Development Officer, attended the Bank On Colorado Financial Inclusion Summit hosted by the Colorado Office of Financial Empowerment on July 25th in Denver. 

Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture (WASDA) Annual Conference

Celebrating and Supporting Colorado’s Agriculture Industry thru Partnerships

First Southwest Bank (FSWB) was proud to sponsor the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture (WASDA) Annual Conference, hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), July 23-26 in Denver, CO.

2023 Impact Report for FSWB and FSWCF

FSWCF and FSWB Release 2023 Impact Report

The First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF), in collaboration with First Southwest Bank (FSWB), announced the release of their 2023 Impact Report.

West Slope Startup Week


First Southwest Bank (FSWB) is proud to sponsor West Slope Startup Week (WSSW), August 21-25 in Durango, CO. 

WSSW is a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in rural Colorado.

Chinook Medical Gear

innovative capital solutions

FSWB provides innovative capital solutions for employees to purchase their local Durango business.

White Rock Specialties potato processing

local farms launch package company with help from fswb

FSWB walked the founders through the startup process, including acquiring and repurposing an old school building, retrofitting the space with equipment, expanding the utility capacity, and more. 

Papa Murphy's in Alamosa

Financing for a start-up franchise

SBA loan ensures local entrepreneur has the capital needed to start a successful franchise.

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Small Business Loan

FSWB Small Business Loan helps launch local watering hole.

Animas Chocolate Company

financing local business expansion

SBA Express loan allows local business to expand operations and hire additional staff.

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making the impossible possible

FSWB steps in when securing capital seemed impossible for this SLV business.

Desert Sun Coffee Roasters logo

mentorship for small business owner

FSWB works with local entrepreneur to purchase small business. 

Riff Raff Brewing Company

turning dreams into reality

Capital and technical assistance from FSWB turns a dream into reality for this successful Pagosa Springs business.

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Funding for Success

Funding provides a very important source of capital at a crucial time in company's development.

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Fueling innovation

Providing resources to fuel innovation for local businesses.

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A need drives innovation

Mother-son entrepreneurs transform the packraft industry.

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First Southwest Bank offers financial education resources through CentSai

Through articles, videos and step-by-step instructions, CentSai makes planning and managing finances easy and less intimidating.