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Oregon Community Bank is built on feedback

Oregon Community Bank is built on feedback

Senior management at Oregon Community Bank lead with the aid of ideas and comments they’ve collected from staff. These efforts have led the community bank to explore new initiatives and to grow significantly. By William Atkinson Name: Oregon Community Bank Assets: $520 million Location: Oregon, Wis. While many community banks form strategy through discussions in executive meetings, […]

How one community bank came to its town’s rescue

Campbell County Bank in Herreid, S.D., saved its community’s grocery store from closure by buying and renovating the business in order to prepare it for its next owners. By Hannah Merritt For rural communities, the loss of a business has devastating effects. This is exactly what Herreid, S.D., faced in 2018 when the town grocery […]

Photos: 2019’s LEAD FWD Summit

Helping future leaders flourish This year’s ICBA LEAD FWD Summit saw community bankers come together to glean insights from experts on the big issues facing the community banking industry. The conference, held Sept. 16–17 in New Orleans, isn’t a listen-only event. Over two days, attendees experience fast-paced workshops, unique networking opportunities, whiteboarding sessions with industry leaders […]

Bankers Trust connects with customers through education

Bankers Trust in Iowa, Nebraska and Arizona has developed a hub of resources and banking know-how for its customers. The web platform, dubbed the Education Center, is designed to clearly break down financial concepts—and strengthen relationships in the process. By Eric Best Name: Bankers Trust Assets: $4.5 billion Location: Des Moines, Iowa When customers had questions, […]

The community bank where people come together

Community State Bank is a gathering place for its small Wisconsin town in part because its main office doubles as a cafe staffed by students of a local college. The partnership supports the group of student-employees, local coffee lovers and the community bank. By William Atkinson Shepherds Community Cafe is a partnership between $395 million-asset Community […]

Member Benefits: How to keep up with compliance

ICBA offers more resources than ever before to help your community bank tackle compliance duties. Community bankers understand that there is no hiding from regulatory compliance. However, with complex regulatory rules and evolving examiner expectations, successfully implementing your bank’s compliance program is easier said than done. ICBA’s Community Banker University (CBU) has an online training […]

How Homebank drives customers to digital

By integrating innovations from its core provider into its branches, this Missouri and Illinois community bank has driven its customers to embrace new technology—without sacrificing the human interaction at the core of the relationship banking model. By Eric Best Name: Homebank Assets: $400 million Location: Palmyra, Mo. When Homebank was planning its seventh branch location, it […]

Greg Massey: Conscious capitalism

“Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more.” These words come from the credo of Conscious Capitalism, a way of thinking that recognizes the enormous potential of […]

Teaching teens through friendly competition

Central Bank of Kansas City invites students to form business plans in a Shark Tank-style competition to promote financial education and entrepreneurship in its community. By Beth Mattson-Teig Central Bank of Kansas City created its own version of Shark Tank to give local high school students a hands-on lesson about entrepreneurship. What started as a […]

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