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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nation’s Community Banks Key to Small Business Lending

ICBA Community Banking Month Recognized in April

Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2011)-As the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recognizes April as ICBA Community Banking Month, our nation's nearly 7,000 community banks continue to play a key role in supporting small business lending in cities and towns throughout America.

"For their size, community banks are prolific small business lenders-helping to drive economic growth and prosperity within their communities," said Sal Marranca, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Cattaraugus County Bank, Little Valley, N.Y. "Small business lending has always been a cornerstone of community banking, and ICBA Community Banking Month gives community banks across the country an opportunity to recognize their small business customers and the important role that they play in supporting local job creation and a healthy local economy."

Community banks provide a substantial number of small business loans across the country, including Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and provide more than 60 percent of small business loans between $100,000 and $1 million.

Each year, thousands of community banks recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in a variety of ways. Whether they host special events with local charities, promote economic-development initiatives or offer programs to boost financial literacy, community banks continue to enrich their communities and the lives of their customers.

For more information about ICBA and ICBA Community Banking Month, visit www.icba.org. To find a community bank, visit ICBA's community bank locator by clicking here.




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