Dime Bancorp is one of the few large thrifts trying to break into small-business banking.

Last year Dime president and chief executive Lawrence J. Toal assembled a crew of 11 small-business sales officers to offer credit and deposit accounts as well as asset-based lending and equipment leasing. Expanded cash management accounts and a 24-hour telephone service center will soon be available to Dime's small-business customers.

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