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CFOs on how to account for the year’s uncertainty

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a lifesaver for many U.S. businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also required many community banks to make significant adjustments with respect to business practices, roles, budgeting and projections. We spoke to several chief financial officers and other community bank executives about how they are handling these changes.

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Lindsay LaNore: Leading in time of uncertainty

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA The COVID-19 outbreak has been a time of extreme uncertainty. It has put pressure on us to meet the needs of the communities we serve, in addition to the weighted responsibility of keeping staff safe. So, what can we learn from it about leadership? It may be obvious, but we know communication […]

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Why succession planning is key to bank independence

Independence is at the heart of many community banks’ ethos, but how do community bankers embed this core value into their strategic planning? Here are three critical strategies that use succession planning and board management to maintain independence. By Colleen Morrison Independence is on everyone’s mind this month, so, too, should the importance of independence […]

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

Big dreams sometimes need a bit of help. Here, four enterprising business owners share how their community banks have guided them through thick and thin—building deep, lasting relationships along the way. By Roshan McArthur A bigger piece of the pie Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company, Gainesville, Ga. Amanda Wilbanks founded what is now the […]

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Who made ICBA’s 2020 Top Lenders list?

There’s no doubt that 2019 looked very different than 2020 in all areas of life, and community banking was no exception. But our top lenders’ exceptional performance last year has set them up for success even in a time of turmoil. Read on to meet the year’s most successful loan producers in the agriculture, commercial […]

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