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Business Bank of Nevada Adopts Needy Families for the Holiday in Las Vegas, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville.

Business Bank of Nevada (BULLETIN BOARD: BBNV) today announced that it has once again adopted several needy families this holiday season through HELP of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, and Friends In Service Helping (F.I.S.H.) in Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville. This is the third consecutive year that the Bank has partnered with these wonderful nonprofit organizations to help make the holidays a little brighter for a number of less fortunate families in these market areas. (For an image related to this story, go to .)

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The families adopted by the Bank this year include single-parent families where the parent is unemployed and raising two or more children. According to the nonprofit groups the Bank's partnering with, the number of families needing help this holiday season has increased once again over last year, which is why the Bank chose to increase the number of families it has adopted this year.

"We are excited and honored that Business Bank employees chose to again participate in our holiday Adopt-A-Family Program," said Deni L. Conrad, executive director of HELP of Southern Nevada. "The number of families needing assistance in our community continues to grow, but with caring companies like Business Bank increasing their outreach, we're able to help these families enjoy the holidays."

Conrad added that there are 1,376 families this year in the Las Vegas valley that have asked to take part in HELP's Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program. She says this is a 10 percent increase over last year, which was a record year for the 10-year old program. HELP is a 33-year old nonprofit organization that services the needs of more than 55,000 low-income southern Nevadans who are trying to obtain or maintain their self-sufficiency, thereby not having to rely upon government subsidies.

"The lingering effects of a sluggish economy continue to take their toll on our communities and the growing number of families who need a helping hand, especially during the holiday season," said Monte Fast, executive director of F.I.S.H. "Business Bank's continued generosity is a real tribute to their charitable giving programs and why they were chosen as this year's corporate recipient of the Governor's Points of Light Award for Community Service and Volunteer Outreach. There was no company more deserving of this award than Business Bank, and we're very proud to have them as one of our corporate partners."

The Carson City-based nonprofit group has been serving the area for the past 24 years and is an integral part of the community. F.I.S.H. serves the needs of low-income families and individuals in Carson, Lyon, Douglas, and Storey counties. This year, F.I.S.H. expects to provide food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and hungry within its mission area to more than 700 needy families and individuals.

Both HELP and F.I.S.H. provided the Bank with wish lists from participating families of their holiday adopt-a-family programs, which included remote control vehicles, dolls and other toys, along with clothes, food and much more. The Bank purchased these and other gift items and presented them to the nonprofit agencies that will in turn give them to the adopted families before December 25.

"Our employees are excited to be participating once again with HELP and F.I.S.H. in their wonderful and much needed holiday outreach programs," said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief financial/operations officer of Business Bank. "These agencies, along with the excellent programs they offer, are essential to the overall health and well-being of our communities. As our communities continue to grow, the need for more company support of these and other nonprofit programs grows as well."

Charlton added that the Bank's Human Resources/Operations Manager, Laurie Burk, recently joined HELP's Board of Directors. The Bank contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business. The four main areas of the Bank's philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

About Business Bank

Business Bank, with $273 million in total assets as of September 30, 2003, is in its ninth year of operation and is one of the fastest-growing independent banks in Nevada. The Bank has five branch offices in the state, with three in the Las Vegas area, one in Carson City and one in Minden. The Bank also has one Loan Production Office (LPO) at Stateline in South Lake Tahoe. Business Bank is FDIC Insured and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Its stock is listed on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) at ticker symbol BBNV. Additional information about Business Bank is available on the Bank's website at .

For further information, please contact Paul C. Stowell of Business Bank of Nevada. +1-702-952-4415, .

CONTACT: Paul C. Stowell of Business Bank of Nevada. +1-702-952-4415,

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