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Texas Community Banker Attends White House Conference on Women Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2010)-Cynthia L. Blankenship, past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and vice chairman and chief operating officer of Bank of the West, Grapevine, Texas, attended the Women's Entrepreneurship Conference at the White House yesterday on behalf of ICBA.  The conference was hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Treasury.

"As a community banker who takes great pride in helping entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running in our local community, I was honored to participate in yesterday's White House conference, which focused on the important challenges facing women in business," said Blankenship.  "Yesterday's conference was a step in the right direction. I hope that the White House continues the dialogue and finds ways to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of women small business owners so they can continue to be successful and help their local communities thrive."

Small business lending has always been a cornerstone of community banking. For their size, community banks are prolific small business lenders even in the midst of these challenging economic times.  In fact, our nation's nearly 8,000 community banks provide more than half of small business loans of $100,000 and under and nearly one-third of small business loans under $1 million.

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