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Meet the winners of ICBA’s 2019 National Community Bank Service Awards

Meet the winners of ICBA’s 2019 National Community Bank Service Awards

ICBA’s 2019 National Community Bank Service Award winners didn’t blink when their communities faced challenges. Whether they’re helping their community recover from devastating forest fires, investing in first responders or even spreading financial education, these community banks are rolling up their sleeves and improving their communities. Grand National Winner Golden Valley Bank Assets: $350 million […]

Why your bank should be budgeting for the big picture

Your community bank’s strategic plan often takes things like innovation, growth and succession planning into account, but does the budget? How can your bank plan for these often unpredictable expenses in its budgeting process? Experts say it requires doing your homework, reassessing your budget more frequently and, yes, accepting some risk. By Kelly Pike • […]

How to keep a closer eye on your bank’s contracts

Consultants bring specialized skill sets that can be valuable in areas where bank leaders don’t have experience, such as negotiating contracts and vendor management. Here’s why hiring the best consultant team could keep expenses low and better equip your bank to handle the industry’s curveballs. By Elizabeth Judd ■ Illustrations by James Steinberg In 2016, […]

Independent Banker’s most innovative banks of 2019

These five community banks are all making bold changes in different ways. They’re finding their own forms of pushing the envelope, whether it’s leading the charge in a new line of business or developing high-tech solutions that will benefit the entire community banking industry. What unites them is a willingness to think outside of the box. Based on nominations, here are five community banks that we think are leading the pack when it comes to innovation.

Which member banks are celebrating milestones in 2019?

With rich histories and proud legacies, community banks have been the cornerstone of the American financial system since the 19th century. Every year, ICBA honors member banks that have reached significant milestones. As vital members of their communities, they have important lessons for all of us on the value of learning, growing and remaining relevant […]

How to hire when everyone has a job

Today’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in decades, so how is your bank supposed to attract talent fresh out of college or from another industry? The good news is that community banks have tools that they can use to recruit the next generation of bankers.

40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders

Independent Banker asked community bankers to nominate emerging leaders under the age of 40, and did you ever deliver. Here are short profiles of 40 young innovators who are making waves in the industry but still manage to keep their communities front and center. In no particular order, let’s meet our winners—the industry’s future.

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