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BMO Harris Bank to Boost Credit to Wisconsin Business Owners by up to $3 Billion

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2014) - BMO Harris Bank is making an additional $3 billion in credit available to business owners in Wisconsin over the next three years.

"We're here to help, making more of our balance sheet available -- with greater focus on entrepreneurs, women and minority business owners, so they have more certainty of credit to grow and create new jobs," said Brad Chapin, Executive Vice President, Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank.

"Wisconsin business owners have told us they are confident in the economy, with 67 per cent having a positive outlook for the upcoming year and the majority expecting their businesses will grow in 2015," said Jeff Ticknor, Head of Commercial Banking, Wisconsin, BMO Harris Bank.

An upswing in the U.S. economy, along with improved business confidence, should lead to a pickup in business investment and factory activity, which will help drive continued expansion in the Great Lakes region, according to Michael Gregory, Head of U.S. Economics, BMO Capital Markets.

"The Wisconsin economy is expected to expand 2.2 percent this year, before picking up further to a 2.6 percent pace in 2015," said Mr. Gregory.

He noted that growth in Milwaukee has accelerated in areas such as construction, trade and professional services, while factory activity -- the major driver of growth -- is picking up. "Wisconsin should add 40,000 jobs by the end of 2016 and Milwaukee is on track to add 12,000 jobs."

About BMO Harris Bank

BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 bran ches, and CDN $586 billion in assets (as of July 31, 2014)

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