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Need digital payments guidance? Try this ICBA Bancard tool

A free, interactive tool and guide from ICBA Bancard and Aite Group is helping community bankers to tailor their digital payments strategies to their customers’ needs. By Mary Yerkes Customer demand for digital payments continues to rise, and with it, the number of serious competitors contending for market share. Although community banks have long realized […]

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The community bank broadcasting Kansas City

Country Club Bank’s podcast, Banking on KC, shares highlights of its greater Kansas City, Mo., community, including insights from many of the community bank’s business customers and local leaders. By Rebecca Lubecki Name: Country Club Bank Assets: $1.5 billion Location: Kansas City, Mo. For those unfamiliar with the banking industry, it can be easy to […]

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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust goes casual for a cause

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is swapping donations for denim. Employees who donate through its Casual for a Cause program get to dress down at work, a simple act that has collectively generated thousands of dollars for local charities. By Eric Best Wearing jeans used to be a deal breaker at Bar Harbor Bank & […]

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Kitsap Bank: Deeply rooted in community

Kitsap Bank has been central to the communities it serves since its founding in 1908. Whether it’s financing fire departments or inspiring local entrepreneurs, the community bank is on a mission to “cause good.” By Judith Sears Name: Kitsap Bank Assets: $1.2 billion Location: Port Orchard, Wash. The first firetruck in Port Orchard, Wash., was […]

President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey and past chairman Preston Kennedy

ICBA: 90 years of helping community banks flourish

In 1930, a group of 28 community bankers came together in rural Minnesota for one reason. In the wake of the stock market crash of 1929, just seven months earlier, their aim was to stop big banks from concentrating the banking industry. Nearly a century later, that mission has not changed. This month, the organization […]

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StonehamBank’s 10% pledge to worthy causes

At the center of StonehamBank’s corporate values is a pledge to donate 10% of profits to community organizations. The community bank’s efforts to give back have given it a socially conscious reputation in its communities. By Eric Best Making donations and writing big checks are things that all community banks do. But StonehamBank has made […]

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4 community banks with eye-catching names

These community banks know you never get a second chance to make a first impression. From Ergo Bank in Wisconsin to Happy State Bank in Texas, we uncover the roots of four banks’ eye-catching monikers—and offer tips for a successful rebranding. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert Community bankers know their bank’s name isn’t simply a name. Whether […]

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Cybersecurity education planning

At a time when many customers worry about keeping their data secure, a cybersecurity education program offered at a community bank can be a way to play an active role in their financial well-being. Here’s how one community bank is drawing hundreds of people to its cybersecurity events. By Mary Yerkes Ask a group of […]

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