I Support Go Local Because…

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Cynthia Blankenship, Chairman & CEO Bank of The West, Grapevine, TX

Why should any business want to participate in the Go Local campaign?

We take pride in being a locally owned business and believe that there is room for entrepreneurs.  Our bank was just ranked 5th in Small Business Administration loans FY12 compared to FY11.  The SBA program allows us to offer small business favorable terms and structuring to fit the growth of their business.  We have been instrumental in funding small businesses both thru our direct lending programs and the SBA program. #GoLocal!

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I Support Go Local Because…

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Noah W. Wilcox, President/CEO, Grand Rapids State Bank, Grand Rapids, MN.

“The Go Local movement is vital to the economic vitality of small towns across our great nation”

Grand Rapids State Bank is a locally owned community bank. But, we’re also a small business, just like so many small businesses that we serve.  Community banks, like ours understand the economic interdependence of local businesses and their impact on the overall health of the local economy. We believe in supporting our local economy, our friends and neighbors.  Because of that we make all attempts to shop local and reinvest our profits locally to contribute to the overall health of the communities that we live and work.

Fixing The Future

ICBA is a sponsor of the Washington, D.C., screening of Fixing The Future, a documentary about the community-based reinvention of the American economy. The film, hosted by David Brancaccio of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, features communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. Community banks are featured in the film for the huge role that they play in this new vision for America.

If you are in the D.C area and are interested in joining us for the premiere please email Josh.Fine@ICBA.org.  If you aren’t in the DMV area doesn’t fret – there are screenings going on across the country!  Find the premiere nearest to you at www.fixingthefuture.org.

Pendleton Bank West Virginia Road Trip

The creative staff at Pendleton Community Bank in West Virginia combined their annual June Customer Appreciation Day with a “Go Local” theme—making a very exciting road trip destination for ICBA D.C. staff!  Whitney and Thomas spent the afternoon in Franklin meeting local business owners and patrons (and perhaps scarfing down a hot dog or two). The “Go Local” message clearly resonates with the people of Franklin—most of them were sporting shirts that read “Join me, I’m banking locally!” compliments of Pendleton Community Bank. “‘Go Local’ is so much a part of the direction small towns need to take,” says Becky Lough, owner of Bowman’s Hardware on Main Street. “The community is a success or failure based on the local small businesses.”

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