Connections articles

Jim Bange

Barwick Banking Company blasts into the digital age

Barwick Banking Company blasts into the digital age

At the start of 2020, Barwick Banking Company relied on paper ledgers and didn’t offer debit cards, let alone online banking. Now, a year later, the community bank in Barwick, Ga., offers all of that—and more—with an eye on expanding into new markets.

Cape Ann Savings Bank lobby

Passing banking to the next generation

For three decades, Cape Ann Savings Bank has operated a unique program where a branch operates within a local high school. It’s been a vehicle for multiple generations of students to learn banking basics and connect with the community bank.

Craig Scott

Community First Bank’s PPP partnership

With little time to spare, Community First Bank prepared itself for a wave of Paycheck Protection Program applications by quickly implementing technology through a new fintech partner. Now, it’s doubling down on innovation.

Holding true in tough times

When New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank responded with a community-focused campaign that helped save local businesses and improve the lives of essential workers.

Derek Fraley of Systematic Savings Bank

How Systematic Savings Bank turned around

When Derek Fraley joined Systematic Savings Bank as president and CEO in 2017, it was in trouble. To save it, he changed the community bank’s charter, launched an IPO and executed sweeping culture changes. The result: the bank has had four back-to-back positive quarters for the first time in more than a decade.