Maine’s Machias Savings Bank Hosts “Future Promises” event

Since 2003, Maine community bank Machias Savings Bank has hosted Future Promises for students throughout Washington County, one of the most rural counties in the state which face a high level of poverty. The program starts with an annual job fair hosted by MSB at the University of Maine at Machias. All students in grades 3rd-6th in Washington County are invited to attend the fair. The bank invites various professionals to attend as well to discuss their jobs with students. Some of the professionals include: bankers, construction workers, vets, broadcast reporters, law enforcement and many others. Each of the professionals has a booth where they speak to the kids about their job and what it took for them to get into their chosen profession. Many of them provide engaging activities for the children to help spark their interest.

Traci Sanborn interviewing little boy

In addition to hosting the event, there is also have a booth staffed by MSB employees. At the MSB booth, staffers distribute financial literacy materials and discuss banking careers with the students. Each teacher is provided a series of financial literacy games to use in the classroom.

After the fair, students are encouraged to write an essay on what they want to be when they grow up and submit it to the bank. A committee reviews the essays and selects 20 winners. The recipients and their families are invited to an awards banquet where MSB provides dinner and presents them with their award. Students receive a certificate, a complete set of financial literacy games and a $250 voucher that can be applied to a savings account or a 529 college savings account.

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This program has achieved tremendous growth in the past several years with more than 900 students attending the Future Promises Job Fair in 2013. Currently, Machias Savings Bank is exploring the expansion of Future Promises to include two additional counties.

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be posting regular posts highlighting financial literacy information, including community banks who are active in their local communities’ financial literacy programs.

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Throughout the Washington, D.C. area, a series of brand awareness messages are going up in WMATA rail cars, buses and throughout the Capitol South metro station. These messages will be up throughout the month of April in conjunction with ICBA’s Community Banking Month.

Check out below for some of the photos:


Above is a photo of marketing on a Blue Line train car headed toward Largo. Below is a photo of a floor sign thousands of busy Washingtonians will see on a daily basis at the Capitol South station.


The entire department smiling with a wall of positive brand awareness! (below)


For community bankers, visit ICBA’s Go Local page for customizable materials to use in your community throughout April. For those visiting the Washington, D.C. area throughout April – tweet us (@ICBA) photos of signs you see with the hashtag #BankLocally!

Community Banking Month

ICBA Community Banking Month starts on April 1 and we are looking for you to send us your photos, events, stories and other ideas on ways you are celebrating your local community bank throughout the month! Community banks put local deposits back to work in their communities, are expert small-business and agricultural lenders, and support economic sustainability – and we are encouraging everyone to reinforce, promote and emphasize this throughout the month of April. 

Maybe your community bank is hosting an event that highlights your customers, or perhaps there’s a local fair that your community bank is participating in? Tweet with the #BankLocally hashtag and share photos with ICBA on Facebook or Twitter. We will share community bank posts and showcase their celebrations across the nation!

For community bank materials, visit ICBA’s Go Local page.

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Happy ICBA Community Banking Month!

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.

Community Banks Named ‘Best Banks to Work For’

More good news on the community bank front! This week American Banker released its inaugural list ranking the Best Banks to Work For across the country. There are 35 banks listed, broken down by asset size. And the best part?  Several community banks made the list! The rankings, according to American Banker, are based off its “Best Banks to Work For” study that is done in conjunction with the Best Companies Group, which reviews employer reports and employee surveys.

See your community bank on the list? Let us know what makes them so great from your perspective and you could be featured on an upcoming Go Local blog post!

Wanted: Local Fall Photos!

We’re on the hunt for local fall photos. Think your community has the best fall decorations around? Send us a shot of your Main Street decorated for the season. Dressing your kiddos up for Halloween or fall festivals at school? We’d love to see those photos too!

Send your fabulous fall photos our way by either commenting on this post or emailing Jessica Etter at with your local images.

Go Local this Fall

In case you didn’t notice all of the pumpkin spiced items at various eateries and coffee shops, fall is officially upon us! How do you plan on going local this fall? Apple picking with the family? Visiting any pumpkin patches with the kids? Raking leaves?