When Medina retailer Angela Waldriff decided to consolidate some debt earlier this year, she went to Five Star Bank for help.

The longtime owner of Ashlee's Place Inc. on East Center Street wound up with a federally guaranteed small-business loan for $25,000. She plans to repay it within five years.

"It's been extremely helpful," said Waldriff, who opened the women's clothing boutique in 1991. "Because I was able to consolidate, I'm saving tons of money that I would have paid in interest."

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