Management & Boardroom articles

Using board portals to expedite loan approvals

Using board portals to expedite loan approvals

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Survive and Thrive

Four strategic ideas to prepare for change and ensure a long, independent future By Philip K. Smith Can your community bank survive? “Yes,” is my answer, but perhaps my first bit of advice is to stop panicking. Community banks may, in fact, face different types of challenges going forward, but community banks can and will […]

Banking on the Basics

Following the fundamentals is how many of this year’s ICBA top-performing community banks overcame industry challenges By Kelly Pike When it comes to financial success, consultants are always warning community banks that they must re-imagine their operations or lose out to growing competition. But just as important as keeping an eye open for new opportunities […]

Divining Future Deals

GROWTH AND ACQUISITIONS The resurgence of community bank mergers and acquisitions—fact or fiction? By Thomas R. Mecredy There has been much discussion among community bankers as to when merger and acquisition activity will heat up, and an increasing number of community banks are considering a strategic merger with another institution. Here are several reasons why […]

Transformative Trends

TECHNOLOGY AND OUTSOURCING Emerging outsourcing tactics are changing how the most successful community banks operate By Scott Hansen The good news: We made it. The economy is on the comeback trail, and community banks are feeling it. The Federal Reserve reported that 2012 was the second-best year for bank earnings in history—so expectations are high […]