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Kitsap Bank: Deeply rooted in community

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 […]

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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 […]


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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How to get and keep new customers

Customers have more choices than ever about where and how to do their banking. Community banks must find the right ways to engage them if they want to win and retain their loyalty. Here are the strategies that are working for several community banks. By Robert Lerose • Illustrations by Priya Mistry Thanks to new […]

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Midland States Bank’s downtown transformation

Midland States Bank continues to have a presence in the downtown of Effingham, Ill., because of a unique renovation that turned its former headquarters into lodging for employees. By William Atkinson When $6.1 billion-asset Midland States Bank in Effingham, Ill., moved its headquarters from the city’s downtown square after 137 years, it had some options […]

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SEO: Boost your bank’s visibility with this tool

Search engine optimization, or SEO, helps people find your community bank’s website. Here are five ways you can help your bank rise up the search rankings. By Ed Avis When somebody is looking for a new bank, what is the first thing they do? They Google “bank near me” or something similar. If your bank […]

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Photos: ICBA LIVE 2020 in Orlando

A new decade of community banking comes into clear focus in Orlando At ICBA LIVE 2020 in Orlando, Fla., thousands of community bankers and their families came together to set a bold vision for the next decade for the industry. Through learning labs, energizing general sessions and networking events, community bankers took valuable experiences back […]