Today is Go Local Wednesday!

Today is Go Local Wednesday!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner! If you have some last minute gifts to purchase, feel like dining out, or simply want to support local small businesses and restaurants over the holiday season, your timing couldn’t be better. Today, Dec. 17, is ICBA’s Go Local Wednesday, which encourages consumers to Go Local  with their purchasing, dining and spending during the holiday season.

Throughout Go Local Wednesday, ICBA staff, community bankers nationwide and consumers will be encouraged to visit locally owned and operated businesses and restaurants and share their experience on social media using the hashtag #GoLocalHolidays.

How to share:
Twitter: Tweet @ICBA and use #GoLocalHolidays in your post
Facebook: Tag ICBA in your photo post and include #GoLocalHolidays in the caption
Instagram: Use #GoLocalHolidays in the caption

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Back-to-School Backpack Promotion!

TCM Bank, N.A., had an event that benefited both community bank customers and local students earlier this summer. The idea behind the promotion was to help community banks grow their credit card portfolio while giving back to the students in their communities.

“This promotion was very successful because it combined the best things about community banking – high-quality personalized service and an excellent credit card offering and support for a local community,” Paul Weston, president and CEO of TCM Bank, N.A.

Nearly 70 community banks participated in the promotion. Forty-eight backpacks were given out to children, complete with school supplies, Frisbees and T-shirts. Some banks held a community day event for their bank in conjunction with local youth organizations.

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Here are a few items that were included in the backpacks given out.

S. Phillip Collins, president and CEO of Sound Bank in Morehead City, N.C., said that this campaign was truly a win-win situation. “As our area’s hometown community bank, we continually strive to give our customers the personal service they deserve,” he said.

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Here’s a photo of Karen Stephenson of TCM Bank, N.A., helping to stuff the backpacks.

What about you? Was there anything in your community to help get kids geared up for going back-to-school?

Why should you shop locally?

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Why should you shop locally?

Why Shop Locally? When you buy from a local small business, you are not paying for a third vacation home for some CEO. You are paying for dance lessons. You are buying a Little League uniform. You are putting food on a family’s table and sending a student to college. You are making the American Dream come true for someone in our community. Somebody you probably know.