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Cambridge Savings Bank Supports Cascade School Supplies with $8.8MM Credit Facility to Support Growth and Infrastructure Improvements

January 19, 2023, 08:01 AM
Filed Under: Retail

Cambridge Savings Bank (CSB), a full-service mutual bank with a customer-first approach and $6 billion in assets, announced that its Asset-Based Lending team provided an $8.8 million credit facility to Cascade School Supplies. Based in North Adams, MA, Cascade retails a wide range of educational materials to public schools in the Northeast, while also meeting the office supplies and furniture needs of various other organizations.

Founded in 1928, Cascade is a family-owned business with 25 full-time employees. It was adversely impacted by the pandemic-induced shift to online learning and needed the working capital to boost its infrastructure as well as unlock new revenue streams via catalog sales and B2B bidding. The credit facility provided by CSB will support Cascade’s efforts to expand its sales channels and make infrastructure improvements.

“We commenced our search for a new banking partner at a critical inflection point in our company’s trajectory, and quickly realized that the CSB team was uniquely attuned to our needs,” said Pete Cote, President at Cascade School Supplies. “Its Asset-Based Lending team’s service level, as well as their commitment to providing flexible financing options that reflect the realities of our business, made CSB an immediate standout. We’re thrilled to be working with them as we look to scale and optimize our business.”
When conventional lending options are not the best solution, CSB’s Asset-Based Lending division can provide much-needed liquidity to help organizations fulfill growth plans. Whether a business is looking to borrow funds for growth, recapitalization, working capital, or an acquisition, CSB has an array of suitable financing options.

“Once we met with Pete and his strong management staff, it was an easy decision to partner with this nearly century old, local business, to help drive growth as they continue to rebuild from the challenges that the pandemic introduced,” said John Bobbin, First Vice President, Senior Asset-Based Lending Officer at CSB. “CSB has always been passionate about supporting local businesses, and our team is thrilled to provide Cascade the funding required to continue to faithfully serve hundreds of schools and other organizations throughout the northeast.”
CSB’s commercial division is focused on serving the needs of its local communities and businesses, offering a full suite of Corporate Banking and Lending, Commercial Real Estate Lending, Treasury Management and Trade Services solutions. To learn more about CSB’s custom solutions for commercial entities, please contact John Bobbin, First Vice President, Senior Asset-Based Lending Officer at            

Cambridge Savings Bank is a full-service banking institution with $6 billion in assets. As a mutual bank, CSB is committed to improving the quality of life of our employees, customers, and the communities we serve. One of the oldest and largest community banks in Massachusetts, Cambridge Savings Bank offers a full line of individual and business banking services across a robust Massachusetts-based branch network and through digital banking solutions for commercial, small business and consumer customers. In 2022, CSB received an investment-grade rating from Kroll Bond Rating Agency reinforcing the bank’s position as a reliable business lender. To learn more about how CSB can meet your needs, visit us at, or better yet, come meet us to help you make the most out of your banking relationship. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. 

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