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Why these banks are supporting women entrepreneurs

Why these banks are supporting women entrepreneurs

In the past half of a century, women have gone from a small part of the business community to a significant—and fast-growing—segment. In fact, women start an average of more than 1,800 businesses across the country each day. How can community banks form mutually beneficial relationships with this burgeoning group of business owners? By William […]

The high and low tides of coastal banking

Travelers come and go from resort destinations, but the community banks that serve these coastal communities remain, regardless if it’s peak season or if a tropical storm is brewing. But what’s it like behind the postcard? Coastal banks deal with cash-heavy businesses, shipwrecked collateral—and even sand in their branches. By Judith Sears Only about 7,000 […]

Meet the winners of ICBA’s 2019 National Community Bank Service Awards

ICBA’s 2019 National Community Bank Service Award winners didn’t blink when their communities faced challenges. Whether they’re helping their community recover from devastating forest fires, investing in first responders or even spreading financial education, these community banks are rolling up their sleeves and improving their communities. Grand National Winner Golden Valley Bank Assets: $350 million […]

How Texas banks are catching skimmers

A group of Texas financial institutions is teaming up with law enforcement to crack down on rampant card skimming in the area. Their fraud prevention efforts, which included boosting new anti-skimming laws, started at a community bank. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert When Ken Hartley became the bank security officer of $2.6 billion-asset Texas Bank and Trust […]

Why your bank should be budgeting for the big picture

Your community bank’s strategic plan often takes things like innovation, growth and succession planning into account, but does the budget? How can your bank plan for these often unpredictable expenses in its budgeting process? Experts say it requires doing your homework, reassessing your budget more frequently and, yes, accepting some risk. By Kelly Pike • […]

Independent Banker’s most innovative banks of 2019

These five community banks are all making bold changes in different ways. They’re finding their own forms of pushing the envelope, whether it’s leading the charge in a new line of business or developing high-tech solutions that will benefit the entire community banking industry. What unites them is a willingness to think outside of the box. Based on nominations, here are five community banks that we think are leading the pack when it comes to innovation.

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