Go Local for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again where jingle bells are ringing, holiday decorations are lining the streets and children are making their lists and checking them twice. That’s right – it’s time to Go Local for the Holidays!

ICBA is encouraging consumers to Go Local for the Holidays this year by shopping, dining and banking locally. When you patron small businesses, you are putting $68 of every $100 back to work in your local economy. With an estimated 28 million small businesses in the US, there is bound to be a variety of locally owned and operated business close by in your area.

Plan to share a little holiday cheer by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs this season. Since more than 90 percent of consumers believe it is important to support the locally owned and operated small businesses they value in their community, you won’t be the only one making spirits bright on Main Street this year.

Want to find out more about ICBA’s Go Local initiative and how community banks support local small business throughout the year? Visit www.icba.org/golocal.

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And the winner is…

The winner of the first Main Street Holidays Facebook photo contest is Bank of Missouri!

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Bank of Missouri’s photo (above) of main street Cape Girardeau captured more than 1,500 likes on ICBA’s Facebook page during the week. The other top five finalists included Paducah Bank, 1st Bank of Sea Isle City, City Bank and Trust Company, and First Federal of Northern Michigan.

Congrats to Bank of Missouri and the other finalists!

Weren’t one of the five finalists? Don’t worry – you’ll be seeing the other photos submitted during the contest throughout the Go Local blog.

Want to submit a holiday photo to us – even after the contest? ICBA loves to receive photos from community banks any time of year! Feel free to post them in the comments section or submit them to Jessica Wallace at jessica.wallace@icba.org.

Vote Now!

It’s that time! Voting in our Main Street Holiday Contest is upon us. Head over to ICBA’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite Main Street scene now. Voting ends on Friday, December 20 at 9 a.m. EST so you better hurry!

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Main Street Photo Contest

Does your Main Street have the holidays appeal and decor to be considered the “Best Decorated Main Street in America”? Prove it. ICBA is looking for photos of holiday scenes that best embody your Main Street – and be creative! Send us anything that depicts how your town celebrates the holidays. That can be from decorated bank branches to holiday parade floats.

Key Dates to remember for this contest:

  • Submissions are accepted through December 16 at 9 a.m. EST
  • Voting for the top five submissions on ICBA’s Facebook page begins on December 16 at noon EST and ends on Friday, December 20 at 9 a.m. EST
  • On Friday, December 20, the winner will be announced after voting has closed

For additional information such as rules and entry forms, visit ICBA’s Go Local page.

#GoLocalHolidays

Did you know that ICBA is hosting its first ever Twitter chat? On Tuesday, December 3 at 2 p.m. EST, as part of the Go Local for the Holidays campaign, this Twitter chat will feature community bankers and small businesses providing their viewpoints on why consumers should shop locally for the holiday season.

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Want to follow along? Follow @ICBA and the #GoLocalHolidays to watch the conversation and even chime in with a few of your reasons on why people should Go Local for the Holidays with their spending!

Go Local for the Holidays!

It’s that time of year again – the holiday season is among us! ICBA is encouraging you to Go Local for the Holidays. What’s that mean exactly? By supporting your small businesses, of course. Shop local, dine local, bank local this holiday season – and year-round.

For the first time, we are looking for photos of YOUR Main Street. Enter the Main Street Holiday Contest by submitting photos of your local community. Details, official rules and an entry form can be found at http://www.icba.org/golocal. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up on the holiday conversation.