Using digital lending helps to reach small businesses

Improving the small business loan experience is a great way to build new relationships and deepen existing ones. We spoke with industry specialists about the priorities for community banks as they build a digital loan process for small businesses.

Entering the cannabis banking market

While the legal status of banking cannabis-related businesses remains fuzzy at the federal level, community banks in some states are finding that, with proper controls, they’re able to enter this niche market and offer banking services to these local businesses.

How New England banks are supporting the tourism industry

Welcome, leaf peepers! Now that autumn is here, it’s time to take a road trip and meet the community banks that call New England home, making an impact on their communities and helping local tourism survive and thrive, year-round.

Commercial real estate outlook

The commercial real estate market is changing, as demand for new construction grows along with rising costs and interest rates. How do community banks fit in the bigger CRE picture? Lenders share some of their insights into operating in this fluid market.

Is commercial lending on the rise?

Loan providers share an infectious enthusiasm and growing optimism for one vertical’s prospects in 2022: commercial lending. Here’s how community bankers can take advantage of various sectors—including SBA lending—over the next 12 months.

The top-performing community banks of 2021

Independent Banker’s annual listing top-performing community banks of 2021 alongside interviews with some of the winners. In true community bank fashion, each has its own story to tell and its own path to success.

The benefits of small business relationships

Whether achieved by internal or external resources, community banks provide valuable support for small businesses. Here, bankers share how they build and maintain long-standing partnerships with their business customers.

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Niche lending ideas: Green products and services

Community banks have always thrived in niche markets, and lending in new spaces is just one of the many ways they serve businesses and individuals in their communities. As the market for “green” products and services evolves, we asked community bankers for their ideas about how to serve this niche.