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Paragon Commercial Bank Staff Teaches Daniels Middle School Junior Achievement Economics for Success

Bank Partners with Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina to Lead Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Programs

Raleigh, NC, December 21, 2012 --( Paragon Commercial Bank (, North Carolina’s first business-only bank, has announced that the bank has partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) of Eastern North Carolina for the fourth consecutive year to bring JA financial literacy programs to students at Daniels Middle School. Paragon employees taught Junior Achievement Economics for Success®, which explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests and values. Each year, Paragon employees volunteer and lead JA courses teaching students about personal finance, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. JA courses are six-lesson programs where the Paragon team makes weekly visits to Daniels Middle School and teaches students about finance.

Paragon’s lessons include PowerPoint presentations, hands-on activities and age-appropriate discussions where the students are fully engaged. Since 2009, Paragon volunteers have worked with approximately 1,600 students.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. For more information on Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, visit

“We are honored to have our employees educate children about the importance of personal finance,” said Bob Hatley, Paragon Commercial Bank president and CEO. “It is important for the business community to participate in opportunities to educate children and help them succeed. We are happy to work with Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina and look forward to our continued partnership.”

“We are excited to have the support of Paragon Commercial Bank,” said Bebee Bason Lee, President of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina. “Their dedicated employees who volunteer their time and experiences with hundreds of students each year make this program a huge success.”

“As a veteran educator, I have found that partnering with Paragon to bring Junior Achievement to our students has been one of the best collaborative teaching experiences I’ve had,” said Barbara Jean, teacher at Daniels Middle School. “Paragon’s continued willingness to work with our students is a testament to their commitment to reach out to our community and to be a positive influence in the lives of our community’s youth.”

About Paragon Commercial Bank:
Founded in Raleigh, N.C. in 1999, Paragon Commercial Bank is North Carolina’s first business-only bank. Paragon Commercial Bank provides banking products and services tailored exclusively to the needs of middle-market companies with revenues from $2 million to $75 million, their executives and high net worth individuals. The bank’s business focus includes operating companies in a wide range of categories, professional firms and nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in Raleigh, the bank expanded to open a location in Charlotte, N.C. in 2006. For more information, visit

Information in this press release contains "forward-looking statements." These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including without limitation, the effects of future economic conditions, governmental fiscal and monetary policies, legislative and regulatory changes, the risks of changes in interest rates, and the effects of competition.

Jake Potter
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600
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