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Arthur Bilis, owner of New York Deli Pizzeria in Waltham, MA, shares his thoughts on community and working with Sage Bank. 

Sage:
Thanks for taking time out to talk, Arthur. I’ll jump right in. What does community and Interdependence mean to you?

Arthur:
For me it’s survival. Without the community I can’t survive. I’m a local business so I don’t have any other way of making money than the community eating here. The people who come in here support me every day—they have endless choices of where to eat. Coming here and spending money is all the support I can ask for.

Sage:
Do you do anything specific to give back to the community?

Arthur:
All the time. They were having a high school get-together—I gave 5 pizzas. Whoever comes in and asks, as long as there is a legitimate reason to support them—High schools, cheerleader groups, soccer teams—all the time.

Sage:
What do you like the most about working with Sage Bank? 

Arthur:
Definitely the fact that you know their names, you deal with the same people. When you get a mortgage with them they don’t sell the loan away; you’re a customer of theirs, you’re in their future plans.

It’s funny because I’ve never had a person from a bank call me and ask me what are you doing in the future? Are you going to invest in other things? These people, they call me up and I’m on a first name basis with them. It’s very refreshing. As a small business you don’t have a lot of people on your side. You’re always having to do, do, do. For a bank to actually help you along the way, it’s very important.

Sage:
Do you have a favorite thing when it comes to working with the bank?

Arthur:
My favorite thing is the people, the realness of who you are talking to. You’re not talking to any empty suit; you’re talking to a human being trying to help you. Sometimes it might not work, but overall I feel like they’re really trying to help.

For an authentic taste of New York City in Waltham, be sure to visit New York Deli Pizza: http://www.newyorkdelipizzeria.com