Going Once, Twice. . .

Company CEO sets up a bidding war between banks so that they have to compete for her business.
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OCTOBER 1989

By 1986, after 16 years in business, Susan Bowen, CEO of Champion Awards Inc., a $7-million screen printer in Memphis, was tired of dickering with bankers. Her solution was to treat banking business like any major business purchase: put it out to bid. Bowen sent a package to four banks detailing her business's financial history, outlook, and banking needs. She closed her cover letter with "The best bid wins."

The result? A more generous line of credit, better interest rates on long-term loans, and a surge in her banker's competitive spirit. When her banking package went out for bids in 1988, her current bank kept her business by meeting another banker's lower bid.

Last updated: Oct 1, 1989




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