The benefits of micro-lending programs

Despite the large number of PPP loans distributed to small businesses, funding didn’t always reach those who needed it the most. These community banks are working to fix that through microlending programs.

The 2022 lending outlook

Despite possible headwinds, community bank lenders remain optimistic about lending activity in the coming year. We asked them about their experiences with CRE, C&I and mortgage lending in the current environment.

The case for end-to-end digital lending

Offering digital lending isn’t about the bells and whistles. It provides a real ROI, including increased efficiencies, more loan originations and a way to attract and retain customers. Community bankers tell us why

Community banks grow alongside their ag customers

The community bankers serving agricultural communities know how to roll up their sleeves and help with harvest, move cattle and work alongside their customers. Their commitment to keeping rural communities alive is unmatched in the banking industry. Here are some of the community banks sustaining rural America.

Tips for a successful PPP audit

Many community banks embraced the Paycheck Protection Program, building new relationships and deepening existing ones. While the onus of forgiveness is on the borrowers, PPP lenders need to be prepared for the program’s unique auditing challenges.

How community banks are serving faith groups

Because of the unique funding streams and beliefs of faith-based organizations and their congregations, they carry their own risks and rewards when it comes to lending. Here are how several community banks are serving their customers of various faith traditions.

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Who made ICBA’s 2021 list of Top Lenders?

The dust from 2020 is finally beginning to settle, and that gives us an opportunity to look back at the hard work community banks put in to serve their customers. Our top lenders made the most of one of the toughest years in recent memory through personal connection, ingenuity and dedication to their communities.

Is CRE lending bouncing back?

Commercial real estate lenders had a stellar year in 2019, but the pandemic hurt that momentum. According to experts and the latest data, however, some sectors of the CRE lending market are beginning to move full steam ahead, and deposit-laden community banks, like Cadence Bank, are primed to fulfill that demand.

What young borrowers want in the loan journey

Younger borrowers have different expectations when it comes to how they bank and do business. The needs of these digital-first customers are leading some community banks to prioritize digital loan processes that make the loan journey more efficient.