Main Street Matters ICBA Blog

  • How Community Bankers Support Financial Literacy in the U.S.

    Apr 17, 2019
    Nearly two-thirds of all Americans could not pass a five-question financial literacy test on everyday economic topics, a stat that community banks are striving to reverse by working within their communities to improve financial literacy.
  • Wall Street Numbers Still Not Adding Up

    Apr 09, 2019
    Ahead of Wednesday’s House Financial Services Committee, the megabanks are working to bolster their reputations by picking and choosing which data best fits their narrative—leading to skewed articles focused on low- and moderate-income communities and consumer sentiment.
  • Build Your Own Career Ladder

    Apr 03, 2019
    Thanks to technological disruption, industry consolidation, and multi-generational workplaces, the traditional career ladder—in community banking and elsewhere—is a splintered artifact of the past. ICBA's Lindsay LaNore shares why this isn't necessarily a bad thing and offers four tips community bankers can use to realize their career aspirations.
  • A Story Worth Spreading

    Apr 01, 2019
    Despite megabank advantages borne out of economies of scale, regulatory loopholes, or even tax-advantaged status, community banks continue to flourish by putting relationships first and doing right by their customers and communities.
  • Diving into Data with Accelerator Finalist KapitalWise

    Mar 25, 2019
    ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks diving into data with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist KapitalWise. Zach Pettet of nbkc in Kansas City, Mo., offers perspective on removing silos.
  • Empowering Banks for the Future with Accelerator Finalist Agora

    Mar 16, 2019
    ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks ramping up digital services with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist Agora.
  • Integrating Systems for Efficiency with Accelerator Finalist Teslar

    Mar 14, 2019
    ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks maneuvering complicated processes across multiple systems and platforms with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist Teslar. Brad Bolton of Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay, Ala., offers perspective on integrating systems for efficiency.
  • Square Peg, Round Loophole

    Mar 12, 2019
    ICBA’s new white paper on industrial loan companies takes a deep dive into the long history of this obscure charter type and its transformation of recent years.
  • ThinkTECH Accelerator Finalists Gear Up for Showcase

    Mar 11, 2019
    With the bootcamp experience coming to a close, here's a sneak peek into what community bankers can expect during the ThinkTECH Showcase at ICBA LIVE® next week.
  • Wall Street Spins Another Tall Tale

    Mar 04, 2019
    The megabanks are at it again.
  • Focusing on Economic Opportunity

    Mar 04, 2019
    Community banks' dedication to bipartisan economic principles that expand access to financial services shines through in ICBA’s new policy platform: “Community Focus 2020: The Community Bank Agenda for Expanding Economic Opportunity.”
  • Expediting Commercial Loan Applications with Accelerator Finalist CRiskCo ​

    Feb 28, 2019
    ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks expedited underwriting for commercial loans with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist CRiskCo. Marty Sellars of FNBC Bank in Ash Flat, Ark., provides perspective on the need to create seamless customer experiences.
  • Introducing Secure Digital Transport with Accelerator Finalist Botdoc

    Feb 20, 2019
    ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks remote document collection with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist Botdoc. Marty Sellars of FNBC Bank and Stephen Wooters with Fairfield County Bank discuss the importance of keeping customer information secure.
  • Streamlining Digital Lending with Accelerator Finalist MK Decision

    Feb 13, 2019
    ICBA Bancard's Tina Giorgio profiles ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist MK Decision and its online loan origination system, creating a more seamless user experience. Community banker Stephen Wooters of Fairfield County Bank also lends his perspective.
  • ​Making Banking a Social Endeavor with Accelerator Finalist Invest Sou Sou

    Feb 08, 2019
    ICBA Bancard's Tina Giorgio profiles ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist Invest Sou Sou and its social banking account offering to help address the nation's savings gap. Community bankers Stephen Wooters and Brian Otteman also lend their perspectives.
  • ​Exploring Cyber Solutions with Accelerator Finalist Adlumin

    Jan 31, 2019
    ICBA's Kevin Tweddle talks cyber solutions with ThinkTECH Accelerator finalist Adlumin. Brian Otteman of High Plains Bank in Flager, Colo., offers observations on fintech finalists' efforts to create right-sized solutions for community bankers.
  • ICBA Launches Partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation

    Jan 30, 2019
    ICBA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has been building relationships and improving how Congress functions since 1977.
  • Accelerating Time-to-Market with the Venture Center Bootcamp

    Jan 24, 2019
    Meeting The Venture Center team and our 10 finalists inspired me, and I am confident that all community bankers stand to benefit from this ICBA investment in the future. It’s a real gamechanger for our industry.
  • 10 Tips to Expo Like A Pro

    Jan 22, 2019
    When searching for new vendors or even managing your existing vendor relationships, nothing in the digital realm can quite compare to the personal connections that are forged at trade shows and exhibitor halls via tried and true, face-to-face interaction. ICBA Chief Operating Officer Kevin Tweddle shares some of the tips and tricks he's learned over his 30+ year career to ensure that when you visit your next trade show that you "expo like a pro".
  • Holding CECL Accountable

    Jan 22, 2019
    While ICBA continues working to minimize the negative impact of CECL on community banks, we have been instrumental in making significant progress since FASB began proposing an expected-loss impairment model in the wake of the financial crisis.
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