Go Local: Your Entire Community Benefits

By shopping and banking locally, you and your community reap benefits you might not experience when frequenting big, national chains. More of the money you spend at a local business goes back into your local economy. Just how much more money? 

From local farms to antique dealers to craftsmen, shopping locally reveals the people behind the products and services you use and connects you to your community and neighbors.

Find a local community bank near you and learn how truly impactful local businesses are to your neighborhood. 

Celebrate Community Banking Month with our ICBA member-exclusive toolkit.

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ICBA Community Banking Month 2017

Community Banking: Know the Difference

Go Local News

  • Op-Ed: Bank Customers Still Value Human Touch

    Community banks offer both digital and in-person financial services to meet the needs of a broad consumer base, ICBA Senior Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Terry J. Jorde wrote in a new op-ed.
  • ICBA Celebrates National Homeownership Month

    In recognition of National Homeownership Month, ICBA is reminding current and prospective homeowners of community bank resources that make financing easier and more affordable.
  • ICBA: Where You Choose to Bank Matters

    Where you choose to bank matters. That’s the message that the ICBA is sending loud and clear throughout April, which is ICBA Community Banking Month. ICBA, which represents the nation’s more than 5,800 community banks, believes that consumers have the power to make change happen at the community level by aligning with their community bank and putting their money to work in the neighborhood that they call home.

Our Stories

  • Banding Together in a Time of Need

    When torrential floodwaters descended upon our Texas neighbors recently, individuals and communities united to provide comfort and support during a time of great need. That outreach continues today, fortified by the resiliency of the nation’s community banks as policymakers offer resources to help affected citizens with recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and impending Hurricane Irma.
  • Enacting Change for the Greater Good

    ICBA recently announced its 2017 National Community Bank Service Award recipients, our annual recognition celebrating the outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts of the nation’s community banks. These efforts span a variety of categories: from fraud prevention for senior citizens to disaster relief to economic empowerment for underserved groups.

Where You Bank Matters!

Community Banking: What's the Difference


Community Bank Locator

Want to know where to find a local community bank as you make the switch and #GoLocal? Use the tool below to find the right local community bank for you! 

Shop Local | Eat Local | Bank Local

Putting your money back into your local economy is important to you. But boosting your neighborhood economy isn't the only great reason to shop, eat and bank local.

By frequenting local businesses you can do your part to improve the place you call home and see some of the following positive impacts:

1. Help create a healthier environment

2. Receive personal customer service

3. Help local teams, non-profits and events (small businesses donate 2X as much)

4. Enhance your community's uniqueness by supporting local businesses

5. Boost local creation of quality, local jobs

6. Bolster local prosperity

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Already make the switch to a local community bank? Tell us why you love your community bank and what makes it different from the pack.

Here's why some community bank customers made the switch, remain loyal and love their community bank:

"I love my bank because it has the small town feel I grew up with. When I come into the branch everyone remembers me and my dogs' name and is excited to see us. They treat her as well as they treat me and that's very important to me. They are extremely supportive of my small business, always asking me how it is doing"

"I love knowing that my money does good things in my community."

"I like walking into their offices. I know my tellers and they know my face."

"Their work has benefited dozens of community-based non-profits to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars this year as well as community arts events."


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