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Irene’s Myomassology Institute Secures Loan With Minority-Owned Bank

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Pictured from left: Kathy Skubik, Irene's; Irene Gautheir cutout; First Independence Bank of Detroit representative

Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield secured a commercial building loan with minority-owned First Independence Bank of Detroit, adding to its history of being a female-led family business supporting local as well as minority-owned businesses.

“First Independence Bank not only provided us an amazing deal, but they also provided exceptional service,” says Kathy Skubik, executive director of Irene’s Myomassology Institute. “When I discovered First Independence was minority-owned it was like icing on the cake. We signed the papers outside in the parking lot while wearing face masks. Then we stood 12 feet apart to capture a photo without masks on. It was a memorable pandemic experience. Founded by Irene Gauthier in 1987, our nationally accredited school continues to set the highest standards for massage education.”

First Independence Bank welcomed 50 years as a business this year, is one of 155 minority depository institutions in the country and is Michigan’s sole minority depository institution.

Irene’s Myomassology Institute is located at 26061 Franklin Rd., Southfield. For more information, call Kathy Skubik at 248-350-1400 or visit Irenes.edu.

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