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ICBA’s 2021/22 executive committee: Close the distance

ICBA’s 2021/22 executive committee: Close the distance

The 2021/22 ICBA executive committee understands that community banks are at a turning point due to changing customer expectations and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They tell us why technology and grassroots advocacy are critical to a thriving industry.

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Is recovery on the horizon for small businesses?

The pandemic has put many small businesses through a gauntlet of challenges. Some have relied on their relationships with community banks to stay open, keep employees or maintain growth. While some sectors of the economy are still struggling, the vaccination rollout means many small businesses are planning for a swift recovery thanks to their ingenuity and perseverance—and help from community banks.

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How 4 community banks came through for customers

The past year has put community banks’ local missions to the test, and they came through with flying colors. In the spirit of Community Banking Month, here are stories from several community banks that did what they do best: help customers and communities in need. Be prepared to be inspired.

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6 ways to boost your social media strategy

Community banks are building relationships through an active, thoughtful presence on social media. Rather than a distraction, these platforms are an extension of the close customer relationships that community banks foster. Here, experts share their top strategies for a winning social media presence.

Why we need Black-owned banks

Black-owned community banks have a long history of serving Americans historically left out of the mainstream banking system. Many well-established community banks continue this legacy today, but one troubling trend has emerged in the past two decades: The number of Black-owned banks is steadily declining. How can the industry advocate for change to help these banks—and their customers—thrive?

What to expect at ICBA Connect

ICBA Connect is your moment to relax, reflect and recharge. This virtual event will be unlike anything you’ve seen before. On March 9 and 10, expect to be surprised. You, your team and community bankers all over the country will come together, be inspired and hear from one-of-a-kind thinkers and doers.

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Community banks in four corners of the country

There are community banks in every corner of the country—it’s one of the hallmarks of this industry. While each is unique, what unites them is their dedication to their customers and communities. We spoke with four banks near the four cardinal points of the U.S. to learn more about them and their communities.