Southborough – Using a two-branch attack, Marlborough Savings Bank won the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce's fall Battle of the Banks competition.
The competition is a monthlong recruitment tool for the chamber, which asks member financial institutions to recruit businesses in its area, often customers who use the member bank's services, to join the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce.
Marlborough Savings Bank, which has five branches, pooled the resources of their Southborough branch at 6 East Main St. and the Northborough branch at 101 West Main St.
Combined, the branches had five new businesses join the chamber.
"They did a great job," said Barbara Cliff ord, president of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce. "They all worked really hard and are very deserving of this honor."
On hand to receive a plaque for their eff orts were Tracy Sasseville of the Southborough branch, Inna Voloshina of the Northborough branch, and Jeff Dale, senior vice president of retail banking, who works out of the bank's main branch at 166 Main St., Marlborough.
The bank also has another branch in Marlborough, at 71 Boston Post Road, as well as one in Sudbury, at 439 Boston Post Road. A sixth branch, at 21 East Main St. in Westborough, will open in March 2008.
Presenting the plaque to Sasseville, Voloshina and Dale were Cliff ord and Karen Chapman, vice president of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce. Sasseville and Voloshina are members of the chamber's membership committee, while Dale is on the chamber's board of directors.
In all, the competition brought in 25 new members to the chamber.
"It's pretty challenging," Sasseville said. "When you're talking to the businesses, everybody is pretty receptive and listens, but when you actually go to close the deal, well, that's the toughest part."
Voloshina said she experienced the same reluctance in Northborough.
"I discussed joining with many customers and many customers seemed interested," Voloshina said, "but when it came time to actually join the chamber, a lot of the business customers that seemed like they would join decided not to."
Chapman took time during the presentation to thank the trio for their eff orts.
"We really appreciate all you did to help make this campaign a success for us," Chapman said. "We realize it's hard work; we know what we're asking. Because of that you will always have our heartfelt appreciation."
Chapman said Marlborough Savings Bank has always participated and always been a top producer. The bank finished second in the last competition, held in the spring.
"A second-place finish and now a first," Dale said. "I guess the pressure will be on to successfully defend our title the next time the competition is held."