Leadership articles

Asset based lending: Is it right for your bank?

Asset-based lending can be lucrative for community banks, but there are risks involved. We look at the pitfalls and how to avoid them. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert Not many community banks are into asset-based lending (ABL), but those that are involved in the risky business line say it can be very profitable if done right. Lending […]

How to boost creativity at your bank

Large corporations that lack the agility of startups often turn to “intrapreneurship” to make time and space for creative development in the workplace. Should community banks be doing the same? By Roshan McArthur Steve Jobs once described intrapreneurship as “a group of people going in essence back to the garage, but in a large company.” […]

Solar panels, sustainable construction: Is it time to explore “green” lending?

The growth in sustainable real estate construction, renewable-energy installations and other environmentally friendly projects could make green lending opportunities worth exploring. By Beth Mattson-Teig Many commercial lenders, including some community banks, are hopping on the “green” bandwagon. They’re offering expertise and products for borrowers looking to finance everything from sustainable products and business concepts to […]