7 smart strategies during economic uncertainty

In the face of a possible recession, preparation and proactivity are key to making the most of economic uncertainty. Consultants, community bank leaders and other industry observers provide their tips for tightening up your community bank’s finances, increasing revenue streams and preparing customers for what’s ahead.

Expanding horizons with cross-country branches

Community banks across the nation are breaking into markets outside their typical areas of operation. Here’s how four banks are successfully finding new locations, acquiring new customers and bringing convenience to existing ones.

Best Community Banks to Work For 2022

What great resignation? In our annual workplace survey, employees of ICBA’s best community banks to work for told us they benefit from engaging cultures, opportunities for advancement and innovative benefits.

Can AI assist in vendor management challenges?

As community banks grow, their vendor partnerships usually also do, which can lead to challenges with organization, data security and more. To address these issues, some community banks have turned to artificial intelligence.

Clear Mountain Bank reaches new heights

The West Virginia community bank is helping small-business customers get the financing they need while continually seeking new ideas to plan for its own future.

A bridge to affordable housing

When two executives at Woodforest National Bank noticed a dearth of affordable housing options in southeast Texas, they decided to do something about it, partnering with several housing and community groups to launch an innovative mortgage lending product aimed at underserved clients.

The community banks beating the Great Resignation

A mass exodus of the U.S. workforce during the pandemic brought challenges in recruiting entry- to mid-level staff. These community banks share how they have (or haven’t) altered their hiring strategies.

A digital-first bank for south Florida

Observing the gap in pandemic relief in south Florida due to a lack of local community banks, a trio of banking veterans teamed up to form a digital-first community bank—and were granted a charter in record time to support local businesses.

Efficiency now: 8 smart strategy tips

Fallout from recent global events presents an obstacle to generating revenue for community banks. How can they counteract these effects and maximize financial efficiency? As we enter budgeting season, the answers might be found in a mix of strategies.

4 trending social media tips to know

The Social Bankers, a collective of community bank marketers, offers inspiration, information and professional development advice to community bankers focused on marketing and social media. We asked them for their need-to-know social tips.