Local DC small business is a success because of local community bank

Sandra Panetta, owner of a DC-based food truck, got her start back in 2010 thanks to the help from a community bank. She credits her success to her small business loan from the bank.


To hear Sandra tell her story, click here.

Celebrate National Small Business Week

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National Small Business Week kicks off today and runs through Friday, May 16. To follow the conversation on Small Business Week, follow the hashtag #SBW2014 on Twitter.

Community banks are the primary source of lending for small businesses and farms. Community banks, who are small businesses themselves, with less than $10 billion in assets make nearly 60 percent of small businesses loans to small businesses.

Have any plans to celebrate Small Business Week yourselves? Let us know about them!


Community Banking Award Winner!

NerdWallet announced the winner of its 2014 Community Banking Local Project Award winner at the end of April. The contest was created to celebrate outstanding examples of public or private financing by community banks that have enriched or revitalized their surrounding communities, according to NerdWallet’s site.

Three community banks were chosen as top finalists, including Citizens Bank of Edmond, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Ashland and The Provident Bank. The Provident Bank took home the top prize for its work with the “Storm Damage Assistance Loan Program,” which provided loans to residents who were impacted by Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

To view the entire press release announcing the winners, visit NerdWallet’s website, to view more information about the award and the three finalists, visit NerdWallet’s award page.

Congrats to all three of these outstanding community banks for having positive impacts on each of their local communities! 

Go Local and Support Your Community Bank

Brad Bolton, president, CEO and senior lender for Community Spirit Bank, wrote an op-ed in his local newspaper, the Franklin County Times.

As community bankers for Community Spirit Bank, this is a cause we are dedicated to each and every day. By employing local residents and lending to local small businesses, farmers, ranchers and residents, Community Spirit Bank is building a more economically sustainable community right here in and around Russellville – and community banks nationwide are doing the same,” Bolton said.

To view the op-ed in its entirety, visit here. For community bankers, to get customizable information for your community bank, visit ICBA’s Go Local page.

#BankLocallyTwitter Chat

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April is Community Banking Month, and it’s a perfect time to talk all things community banking to celebrate. The focus of this Twitter chat will be: What’s Next in Community Banking. The topic will encompass emerging leaders, technology, innovation, marketing across generations, social media and more. A Twitter chat is a public forum where consumers, influencers and stakeholders alike can convene on Twitter and discuss a certain topic.

When: Monday, April 28 from 2 to 3 p.m. (eastern)
Chat Hashtag: #BankLocally

Bank Locally social media contest

Are you going to be in the Washington, D.C. area in April? Or maybe you have a color printer nearby? Either way, YOU can enter ICBA’s #BankLocally Social Media Contest! All that is needed is a photo of you and one of the four #banklocally messages. Tweet that to @ICBA using #BankLocally and you’re entered! Deadline is Thursday, May 1 at 5 p.m. (eastern).

For additional information about the contest, visit ICBA’s Go Local page.