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ICBA’s 2021/22 executive committee: Close the distance

ICBA’s 2021/22 executive committee: Close the distance

The 2021/22 ICBA executive committee understands that community banks are at a turning point due to changing customer expectations and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They tell us why technology and grassroots advocacy are critical to a thriving industry.

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Is recovery on the horizon for small businesses?

The pandemic has put many small businesses through a gauntlet of challenges. Some have relied on their relationships with community banks to stay open, keep employees or maintain growth. While some sectors of the economy are still struggling, the vaccination rollout means many small businesses are planning for a swift recovery thanks to their ingenuity and perseverance—and help from community banks.

Why we need Black-owned banks

Black-owned community banks have a long history of serving Americans historically left out of the mainstream banking system. Many well-established community banks continue this legacy today, but one troubling trend has emerged in the past two decades: The number of Black-owned banks is steadily declining. How can the industry advocate for change to help these banks—and their customers—thrive?

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