Robert Fisher: The nimbleness of community bankers

Independent Banker

Let’s rediscover what it means to be community bankers. Because as community bankers, it’s what we do. That just may be community bankers’ word of the year. Considering our communities’ needs is critical to our success as well as theirs. Photo by Heather Esposito.

Community Banks Accelerate FinTech Integrations


For more community banks, the latter strategy can fast-track digitization initiatives. Finastra Chosen by Community FI. Community bank Five Star Bank is strengthening its card offerings through a partnership with Coserv , according to a recent press release.


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40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders awards

Independent Banker

Nominations for 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders 2022 are now open! 40 Under 40 seeks to recognize community banking’s brightest, most promising young professionals. Community Involvement. 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders awards is sponsored by FIS.

Putting the ‘Community’ into Community Banking

ABA Community Banking

Banks contribute to their communities and local organizations in ways that matter a lot during the pandemic. The post Putting the ‘Community’ into Community Banking appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department.

7 ways community banks can boost profitability

Independent Banker

Here’s what community bankers need to know when planning their budgets for the next year. These days, there’s a lot to contend with as a community bank, from changing consumer behaviors due to the pandemic to uncertainty surrounding the economy and inflation.

ICBA’s 2021 National Community Bank Service Award winners

Independent Banker

This year’s winners: Left: Central Valley Community Bank, People’s Choice Award; Middle: Kennebec Savings Bank, Exceptional Community Bank Service Award; Right: Cross River Bank, Emerging Service Program Award. Exceptional Community Bank Service Award.

2021’s Best Community Banks to Work For

Independent Banker

Premium benefits packages, professional development and TLC during the pandemic—this year’s winners do everything in their power to keep their community bankers happy and fulfilled. We asked both leaders and staffers to tell us what makes their community banks stand out as employers.

Community banks push back against return of stricter capital requirements

American Banker

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Why this Connecticut community bank is merging with a fintech

American Banker

Fintech Community banking M&A

Level Setting and Peering Around the Corner— Tips for Success in Your Organization

Speaker: Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

This pandemic has tested the foundation of banks and the strength of the dollar. With all of us facing the same crisis, we are left with the same key questions, "Where are we now?" "Where are we going?" "How are we going to get there?" and "What impediments must we overcome?" Join Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association, for CBB's groundbreaking webinar! This exclusive webinar will go over the insider information your bank needs for level setting and peering around the corner. Steve will provide actionable insights, best practices, and real-world examples of the changing landscape of community banking.

Celebrating Community Impact Month


In September, Merchants Bank participated in the Minnesota Bankers Association’s Community Impact Month initiative with more than half of the Company’s Minnesota locations coordinating community support events. While community support is […]. Current News Community Suppor

Walden Mutual aims to serve New England’s food community

Independent Banker

As the first mutual bank to open in decades, Walden Mutual Bank is gearing up to support New England’s farmers, food service industry and sustainable food community. Although Cummings himself is new to the banking industry, he understands the community he plans to serve.

Activist investor calls for new leadership at California community bank

American Banker

Industry News Community banking

Podcast: Celebrating Bankers’ Community Commitment

ABA Community Banking

The ABA Banking Journal Podcast continues a pre-Thanksgiving tradition by interviewing the winners of ABA's 2020 Community Commitment Awards. The post Podcast: Celebrating Bankers’ Community Commitment appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

Community Bank CEO Outlook 2022: Your priorities for the new year

Independent Banker

Independent Banker ’s annual Community Bank CEO Outlook survey reveals how community bank leaders plan to leverage today’s deposit-laden banking environment to grow this year. Janet Silveria, Community Bank of Santa Maria. Technology is on community bankers’ to-do lists.

Podcast: The Community Bank Digital Transformation Roadmap for 2022

ABA Community Banking

What's on the community bank roadmap for digital process improvement in 2022? The post Podcast: The Community Bank Digital Transformation Roadmap for 2022 appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Cornerstones of the community

Independent Banker

“As the cornerstones of the community, community bankers offer a light in the darkness of hard times.”. Bolstered by the unfailing dedication of community banks, our communities will continue to weather the storm. How do we support our communities in new ways?

What Does “Community” Mean for Modern Financial Institutions?

Strategically Speaking

For decades – maybe even centuries – an individual’s sense of community was most often based on their interactions in a particular physical location. Neighbors, schoolmates, coworkers, and even those with whom they shared a place or method of worship formed a person’s community.

The community bank’s complete guide to building trust

Independent Banker

But for most community banks, building a trustworthy brand isn’t a conscious effort. So first, we’ll look at how two community banks have become trusted pillars of the community through charity work and good old?fashioned billion-asset community bank. Build your community.

Why Community Banks Go Public

Banking Exchange

A local bank going public can benefit both the community and its shareholders in the long run Community Banking Bank Performance Feature Management Feature3.

Royal Credit Union buying Minnesota community bank

American Banker

Credit unions M&A Community banks

The Community Bank Contrarian

ABA Community Banking

Whether it’s buying a mortgage division in 2009 or building a diversified product set in an age of nichification, community bank CEO Luanne Cundiff zigs when pundits say to zag. The post The Community Bank Contrarian appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

COVID-19 Scams Target The Business Community


With a second Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on the way, small businesses have yet another chance to secure much-needed financial relief. But new concerns are mounting over the U.S. government's inability to curb the risk of fraud that emerged during the first round of PPP funding.

Podcast: The Community Bank Cycle of Opportunity

ABA Community Banking

Today, Nogueira pays this opportunity forward through community banking as president and CEO of ECSB. The post Podcast: The Community Bank Cycle of Opportunity appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

Fed Launches FedNow Community For Instant Payments, Seeks Participants


The Federal Reserve has formed a FedNow Community group for its upcoming instant payment offering, the FedNow Service , and needs volunteers to support it, the Fed announced Wednesday (May 6).

Community Banks’ Early Technology Investment Pays Off During Pandemic

ABA Community Banking

Community banks that invested more in technology before COVID-19 made more loans and took in more deposits during the pandemic than did community banks that invested less in technology, according to a new FDIC report.

CFPB Names New Members to Community Bank Advisory Council

ABA Community Banking

The CFPB today announced the appointment of new members to its Community Bank Advisory Council. The post CFPB Names New Members to Community Bank Advisory Council appeared first on ABA Banking Journal. Community Banking Newsbytes

Community banks developing a lower-cost Zelle alternative

American Banker

Fintech Payments Community banking

Community Banks Debut FinTech Alliance


To that end, news came earlier this week in the United States that a dozen community and regional banks have formed a group aimed at exploring the opportunities amid FinTech offerings. Alloy’s Julieann Thurlow, CEO of Reading Cooperative Bank, said, “Community banks play a special role in the lives of our customers, but we don’t have the same IT and innovation budgets as the big banks to capitalize on that relationship.”

Oregon Community Credit Union launches digital platform

Bank Innovation

Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) has launched phase one of its digital platform, a move meant to “set the foundation” for the credit union’s new focus toward automation, Chris Whittaker, vice president of consumer lending, told sister publication Auto Finance News on Monday. Carousel Innovation Strategy Lending Premium Product Design Retail Banking Auto Finance News credit unions Oregon Community Credit Union

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Mastercard Commits $500M To Boost Black Communities, Businesses


Mastercard said it will invest $500 million in Black communities across the U.S. We have an obligation … to be part of the positive change Black communities so rightly need now," said Ajay Banga , Mastercard CEO. "We

How Community Banks Survived the COVID Pandemic

ABA Community Banking

CEO survey reveals banks’ resilience, commitment to employees and communities. The post How Community Banks Survived the COVID Pandemic appeared first on ABA Banking Journal.

One community banker's DIY approach to building a digital presence

American Banker

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Community Bank Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in 2021 and Beyond


How can community financial institutions thrive in 2021? Community banks provide unique and important banking services for their customers, but they also face significant obstacles. Takeaway 2 Community banks are at a crossroads: innovate or be left behind (or acquired).