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Harris Bank Expands Its Lending Expo to Northside Small Business Owners.

Harris Bank is bringing its Small Business Lending Expo to new Chicagoland locations, including Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and the suburb of Evanston.

The Small Business Lending Expo is an important step in Harris Bank's efforts in delivering relevant financial education to the communities that it serves. The goal of the expo is to bring together diverse members of the lending community as well as some of its technical assistance partners and provide a comprehensive array of information for small business owners. The expo is free and attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with experts from various organizations and have access to information about the various sources of capital available to small business owners, including governmental and alternative lending solutions.

On Friday, October 24, Harris will be hosting the Expo at Truman College from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The Evanston Expo will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Harris Bank launched this educational program in July 2003 at its Kenwood Branch, targeting small business clients, prospects and others with the objective to expand the program across the bank's branch network.

This educational approach supports Harris Bank's small business strategy -- making it more convenient to do business with and proactively finding solutions to unmet needs of the small business owner -- and the bank's overall efforts at reaching out and responding to Chicagoland's diverse communities.

Harris Bank, with $30 billion in assets, is one of the largest community bank networks in Illinois, a nationally recognized provider of private client and personal trust services, and a premier Midwest mid-market corporate bank. Harris Bank has more than 150 locations throughout Chicagoland. Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group Toronto, a highly diversified financial services organization. Visit http://www.harrisbank.com/ and http://www.bmo.com/ for more information.
 NOTE: Please see attached for detailed agendas

 October 24: TRUMAN COLLEGE LOCATION PROGRAM*
 1145 Wilson, Chicago, IL -- First floor cafeteria

 8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Opening Remarks
 Michael Lewis, Community Bank President, Harris Bank

 8:15 a.m. and 11:45 Presentations: "Alternative Credit Options and
 Resources"
 Harris Bank Business Banking experts

 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Resource Partner Exhibitor Tables
 -- Harris Bank
 -- Harris Leasing
 -- Asian American Alliance
 -- Accion
 -- SBA/SCORE(R)
 -- Presidential Finance
 -- Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
 -- Chicago Community Ventures
 -- Latin American Chamber of Commerce
 -- Uptown Chamber of Commerce
 -- Uptown Center/Hull House

 October 29: EVANSTON HILTON LOCATION PROGRAM*
 1818 Maple, Evanston, IL

 7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Opening Remarks
 Tom Rath, Director, Sales & Marketing, Evanston
 Chamber of Commerce
 Marge Paddock, President, Harris Bank Wilmette

 8:30 a.m. and 11:45 Presentations: "Alternative Credit Options and
 Resources"
 Harris Bank Business Banking experts

 9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Resource Partner Exhibitor Tables
 -- Harris Bank
 -- Harris Leasing
 -- City of Evanston
 -- Evanston Chamber of Commerce
 -- Accion
 -- SBA/SCORE(R)
 -- Presidential Finance
 -- Illinois Small Business Development Center

 * Please contact Harris Bank's Business Banking at 312-461-6395 if
 interested in attending.



CONTACT: Maeve Kiley of Harris Bank, +1-312-293-8905, maeve.kiley@harrisbank.com

Web site: http://www.bmo.com/ http://www.harrisbank.com/
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