April is Community Banking Month—a celebration of the independent spirit and unwavering commitment of community banks to help consumers and small businesses achieve their financial goals to create communities of prosperity nationwide.
ICBA member banks can access a full suite of Community Banking Month materials designed to help you tell your bank’s unique story!
Some ways your bank can use the Bank Locally design:
Put it on a t-shirt or coffee mug for your staff.
Use it as a badge or sticker for your window or door.
Use it in on your social media posts or in your email signature.
Place it on sweet treats (sheet cakes/sugar cookies) for customers and employees.
ICBA wants to help you tell your community bank story! Tag us in your social media posts by using the hashtag #BankLocally or #CommunityBankingMonth as you share the great work you are doing in your community to highlight what makes community baking special.
“As community bankers, we know relationships matter. Our actions in support of local schools, nonprofits, businesses and other community institutions make a difference, and when our customers see our commitment to our communities, it deepens their connection with us.
These are the stories worth telling, the ones that show our commitment to our communities and the people in them, and they extend far beyond the banking relationship.”
- Rebeca Romero Rainey, ICBA President and CEO
Throughout the month of April, we’ll be collecting nominations for the 2022 ICBA Community Bank Service Awards. Winners will be recognized in the September issue of Independent Banker magazine and across ICBA channels.
During this month ICBA encourages community banks to share their unique stories as relationship lenders—helping small businesses grow and consumers finance major purchases—to promote the local impact of their bank.
Here are some extra resources to help you tell the community banking story:
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