Simplified financing for SMEs

Montreal, 18 September 2006 - 

Now, with just a few clicks and in only a few minutes, SME owners can submit an even simpler financing application, thanks to an innovative online tool available on National Bank’s website.

National Bank offers business owners an interactive demo with step-by-step help on completing a financing application online. It takes less than 10 minutes. The application is sent to the BusinessFlex Centre and an account manager contacts the business owner to complete the application and, if necessary, provide financial advice. The demo also proposes attractive management solutions for optimizing banking operations, investment solutions, and a wide range of financing solutions.

“Every minute counts for SME owners. That’s why we have further streamlined our online financing applications,” explained Nicole Dumont, Vice-President – SME/BusinessFlex.

Launched in 2004, BusinessFlex Solutions inc. provides online financing solutions for businesses. The BusinessFlex Centre is staffed by a team of specialized account managers who offer business owners assistance and advice by phone or e-mail from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. This novel approach complements the range of products available to National Bank’s business clients through its branches and Commercial Banking Centres across Canada.

To access the interactive demo, click on www.nbc.ca/businessflex.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management, as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $109 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,183 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Senior Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644