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How to connect with talent in smaller markets

Most community banks serving rural communities and small towns understand that recruiting talent, especially young people, is important. However, given low unemployment and limited recruiting budgets, finding the right people can be easier said than done. Here’s how several community banks are finding superstar hires outside of the big cities. By William Atkinson With record-low […]

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These community banks are betting on branches

Even as customers embrace and expect digital banking services, community bank branches are not just surviving but thriving. We hear from five banks betting on branches. By William Atkinson There’s no doubt that the role of brick and mortar is changing in the community banking industry. But Independent Banker’s 2020 Community Bank CEO Outlook survey […]

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What you can do now to prepare for CECL

Community banks won’t have to implement current expected credit losses, or CECL, standards until 2023, but it’s never too early to start getting ready. Here’s what industry experts say you should know about preparing for CECL. By Kelly Pike Many community banks have been granted a reprieve from implementing current expected credit losses (CECL) accounting […]

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How your bank can build a brand with purpose

By definition, community banks do good work in their communities. Whether it’s donating to charities or having staff volunteer, community banks find outlets for giving back. But today’s customers expect more from businesses. They want businesses to be actively engaged in social issues, too. Here’s how several community banks are making their missions part of […]

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Should community banks provide wellness benefits?

Businesses in every sector offer wellness benefits to employees, but what these programs look like and what they entail is unique to each organization. Some community banks are now using these added benefits to cut costs, attract talent or simply invest in their employees. By Elizabeth Judd If your community bank offers its employees free […]

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The Murray Bank: The sweetest bank in town

Residents of Murray, Ky., are screaming for ice cream because of their town’s community bank. The Murray Bank’s Ice Cream Machine gets employees out in the community to hand out sweet treats and put a smile on people’s faces, one cone at a time. By Roshan McArthur Two years ago, Tim Stark, vice president of […]

HSAs could boost your community bank’s deposits

Health savings accounts have become more than a savvy way to fund healthcare. For community banks, they’re a way to help customers thrive financially and in life. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert Community banks that offer health savings accounts, or HSAs, can tout more than the immediate benefit of using the funds tax-free to pay for healthcare […]

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