First Community Bank, based in Santa Rosa, will change its name to Poppy Bank effective Nov. 20.

“Though our name has changed, we are still the same bank,” said Deborah Meekins, CEO and president, in a statement. “The bank has not been sold and there is no ownership change.”

Meekins noted that more than a dozen banks in the United States have the name First Community Bank, so any bank with that name is a long way from “First.”

There is an existing Petaluma Seed Bank, but it’s not about finances or lending. The store, located in a former bank edifice, sells heirloom seeds,

“As we expand, we want to distinguish our excellent products and services from our competitors,” said Meekins, 64. “Our unique new name is an exciting step forward.”

The bank’s routing number remains the same, Meekins said, and customer account numbers and tax identification numbers will stay the same. “The only action on your part would be to change First Community Bank to Poppy Bank on your statements and invoices after November 20,” she said.

First Community Bank was opened in 2004, and specializes in commercial lending. The bank has branches in downtown Santa Rosa, Oakmont, Petaluma, Windsor, Corte Madera, Alameda, Walnut Creek and Milpitas.

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