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4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

Big dreams sometimes need a bit of help. Here, four enterprising business owners share how their community banks have guided them through thick and thin—building deep, lasting relationships along the way. By Roshan McArthur A bigger piece of the pie Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company, Gainesville, Ga. Amanda Wilbanks founded what is now the […]

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Who made ICBA’s 2020 Top Lenders list?

There’s no doubt that 2019 looked very different than 2020 in all areas of life, and community banking was no exception. But our top lenders’ exceptional performance last year has set them up for success even in a time of turmoil. Read on to meet the year’s most successful loan producers in the agriculture, commercial […]

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator finalists

The fintechs building community bank innovation

The early stage fintechs from this year’s ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator have a message for community bankers: Together, there’s no innovation or technology that isn’t possible with the right strategy in place. We asked the accelerator alumni to share their thoughts on what you need to know about fintech—and how to best work with companies like […]

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40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders

Our second annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders competition uncovered some amazing talent. They’re branch managers, compliance officers and marketers. They’re lenders, CEOs and innovators. What they all have in common is a deep belief in the community banking model and a passion for supporting their customers and communities with high-tech, high-touch service. […]

COVID-19’s ripple effect on lending

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped daily life, including how community banks and their business customers interact. It’s precisely because of the crucial role they play in their communities that community banks have stepped up to aid customers, provide financial relief and continue to make loans during this uncertain time.  By Beth Mattson-Teig Community bankers are […]

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How to rebuild your back office for Gen Z

Generation Z has arrived. They’re hitting the age when they’re getting jobs, opening bank accounts and making major life decisions. But their tech-savvy and customer service‑oriented expectations for businesses may strain many banks’ back offices. Here’s how community banks are evolving their operations to keep up. By Susan Thomas Springer ■ Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg […]

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ICBA’s best-performing community banks

Our annual list of the year’s top-performing community banks boasts institutions that focus on efficiency and the personal service that builds strong, lasting relationships. Their success last year has set them up to ride out this year’s storm. Less Than $300 Million By William Atkinson State Bank of Wheaton stays lean and green Drew Donnelly, […]

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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 […]

ICBA’s 2020/21 executive committee: The future’s bright

The 2020/21 ICBA executive committee is chock-full of experienced, ambitious and inspired community bankers. From reining in credit unions to championing the SAFE Banking Act, they’ll be leading the charge this year to make sure community banks can flourish. We asked them about their priorities—and what they’d be if they weren’t community bankers. By Molly […]

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