M&T Bank is featuring quite 50 of its business clients throughout seven states and Washington, D.C., on a web marketplace designed to attach the companies to new customers and communities.

The “M&T Virtual Spotlight Shop” allows visitors of the bank’s website to simply access the web retail portals of companies from Richmond, Virginia, to upstate ny . Visitors can search the companies by region or category, shop their merchandise online, and learn more about their commitment to helping their communities thrive.

A handout stated, “The ‘Virtual Spotlight Shop’ is differently M&T bank login one among the nation’s most active small-business lenders, is demonstrating support for its communities and their local businesses – many of which were forced to adapt to new ways of operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eric Feldstein, M&T’s head of business banking, said, “M&T may be a bank for communities including the communities of local businesses throughout the areas we serve that have shown remarkable resilience and determination to serve their customers during the pandemic. we would like to support their recovery and growth by exposing them to the nearly 10 million visitors our website gets monthly .”

Businesses featured within the “M&T Virtual Spotlight Shop” include bakeries and breweries, restaurants and retailers, pizza parlors and hair salons, art galleries and bookstores. Many of them are the companies that line the most streets of towns and neighborhoods throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

Among the companies within the “Spotlight Shop” are:

Althea’s Almost Famous, a Black woman-owned catering business inspired by the flavorful cooking of the owner’s Jamaican grandmother;

Arcay Chocolates, a Washington, D.C., shop owned by an internationally acclaimed Venezuelan chocolatier;

Pizza Amoré, a classic Buffalo Pizzeria featuring wood-fired pizza and wings; and

orange Inn, a family-owned-and-operated Niagara Falls restaurant famous for its homemade soups, beef on weck and Friday barbeque .

This is the third consecutive year M&T has featured a number of its business clients during a “Spotlight Shop” – but the primary it’s been hospitable businesses throughout M&T’s footprint. The bank tested the concept in Baltimore the previous two years.

In 2019, M&T launched its “Spotlight Shop” during a modular pop-up shop located in downtown Baltimore that featured 12 local retailers rotating through the space every fortnight for 6 months. Last year, M&T moved the “Spotlight Shop” online – a pandemic-inspired adaptation of the first concept – and again featured quite a dozen of its Baltimore-area business customers, including Boordy Vineyards, a 76-year-old family-owned business that returns to the “Spotlight Shop” for its third year.

Boordy Vineyards has enjoyed a productive relationship with M&T Bank for three-and-a-half decades,” said Robert DeFord, president of Boordy Vineyards. “M&T has always been aware of our needs, providing timely capital to permit us to require advantage of opportunities for growth. I cannot overstate how important this relationship has been for the success of our closed corporation .