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How your bank can build a brand with purpose

How your bank can build a brand with purpose

By definition, community banks do good work in their communities. Whether it’s donating to charities or having staff volunteer, community banks find outlets for giving back. But today’s customers expect more from businesses. They want businesses to be actively engaged in social issues, too. Here’s how several community banks are making their missions part of […]

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Diana Kander: Success takes more than a poker face

Diana Kander likens business to poker. Success means staying curious, covering your blind spots and taking risks. The bestselling author and ICBA LIVE 2020 general session speaker says these are key strategies for innovating, problem-solving and future-proofing your community bank. By Eric Best Curious about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Try watching […]

Community banks make banking magic in Orlando

With 1,500 people moving there every week—and stellar job growth over the past four years—the Orlando, Fla., metro features a competitive banking environment where the opportunities are open for enterprising community banks. By Bridget McCrea | Illustrations by James Taylor Orlando, Fla., is well-known for its warm climate, short drive to the beach and one […]

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Secrets of 4 community bank–fintech partnerships

Community banks and fintechs are working together to boost internal efficiency and improve the customer experience. But good partnerships don’t just run like clockwork. They require close collaboration, risk-taking and the alignment of strategic visions. Here’s what some of these partnerships look like in reality. By Mary Yerkes Today’s banking industry is all about innovation. […]

Community Bank CEO Outlook 2020: How your peers plan to grow

Independent Banker’s Community Bank CEO Outlook survey asked community bank leaders how they plan to grow their institutions this year. The results of this year’s survey reveal what community bankers have planned for 2020, from adopting new technology to growing deposits. By Kelly Pike, Illustrations by Edu Fuentes Ask any self-help guru, and they’ll tell […]

Are de novos making a comeback?

After the recession, de novo applications slowed to a trickle. But as successful de novos have upped the ante in raising capital, adopting innovation, hiring talent and finding their niche in the industry, that trend appears to be reversing. By Karen Epper Hoffman Walt Disney once said, “The way to get started is to quit talking […]

ICBA LIVE speaker Alison Levine on reaching your peak

Alison Levine, a general session speaker at ICBA LIVE 2020, has dedicated her life to sharing the lessons she’s learned while reaching the tallest, and often most dangerous, points on the planet. By Eric Best Near the top of Mount Everest, a single step requires at least five breaths. The desolate peak’s freezing temperatures—even in the […]

The Best Community Banks to Work For 2019

Ninety-eight percent. That’s the percentage of community bank employees who would recommend their employer to others. In a tight labor market, that number is something to shout about—so we are. Based on anonymous employee responses, our first-ever Best Community Banks to Work For awards recognize banks that have built exceptional work experiences for their employees. […]

Workplace trends you need to know

Workplaces across industries are evolving to stay competitive and attract talent despite record low unemployment and rapid technological change. How are community banks rising to the challenge? By Judith Sears Two important factors will be major influences on workplaces in 2020: technology and a tight labor market. The competitive labor market is making it imperative […]

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