Main Street Matters ICBA Blog

  • Lead With Vision

    Jul 11, 2018
    Reimagining traditional leadership concepts and pushing the community banking industry forward is imperative to carrying on the incredible legacy of the community banking industry.
  • A Union for the Ages

    Jul 03, 2018
    We are in an era of innovative collaborations—where the marriage between technology and service holds the promise of helping community banks deliver more personalized customer experiences faster than ever before.
  • Celebrating our Independence

    Jul 02, 2018
    Rebeca Romero Rainey: Just as independence matters, what community bankers do matters. So, as we celebrate the birth of our country on July 4, please take time to reflect on about all the ways that being an independent community bank makes you special and valuable to the fabric of our nation’s economic well-being.
  • Clearing the Air Over Cannabis Banking Legislation

    Jun 25, 2018
    Aaron Stetter: ICBA recently supported legislation that would protect the traditional banking system when banking cannabis-related businesses in states where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use.
  • The Good Fight

    Jun 20, 2018
    Rebeca Romero Rainey: We need a regulatory environment that supports and encourages community banks like Abacus Federal Savings Bank and we need community bankers like the Sung family to stand up for what they believe in and fight for what’s right.
  • Community Bankers: A Free Financial Technology Event Just for You

    Jun 15, 2018
    Kevin Tweddle: Regardless of your size, ICBA has resources to help your community bank develop a strategy for incorporating fintech into your business plan.
  • Planning for Our Industry’s Bright Future

    Jun 08, 2018
    Rebeca Romero Rainey: As a third-generation community banker, I understand the importance of paving the way for future leaders. That’s why I’m excited to be speaking at this year’s LEAD FWD Summit.
  • Prioritize Leadership. Propel Your Career.

    May 31, 2018
    By stopping to focus on our own leadership, we generate the needed grit and creativity to lead forward. If it seems like a challenge to you, accept it. If you already feel confident in your leadership skills, continue to fine-tune them and pass along that knowledge to others. If you’re looking for ways to refine your leadership skills, consider inside and outside sources for support.
  • Keep Going

    May 23, 2018
    Rebeca Romero Rainey: We banded together, worked tirelessly for years on end, and achieved substantial regulatory relief via passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Happy Birthday TCM!

    May 17, 2018
    Damon Moorer: This week TCM Bank celebrates 20 years of service to community banks. It’s remarkable how far we’ve come over this time—providing professionally managed consumer and business agent credit card programs for the nation’s community banks.
  • Strengthening SBA

    May 15, 2018
    Steve Keen: With the nation recognizing Small Business Month in May, the House last week approved pro-community bank legislation to strengthen the Small Business Administration 7(a) program.
  • Pride and Optimism

    May 07, 2018
    Rebeca Romero Rainey: Today is particularly special because we have taken another step toward meaningful community bank regulatory relief by delivering our S. 2155 petition to the House of Representatives.
  • Community Banks: On Your Corner, In Your Corner

    Apr 25, 2018
    “It’s not just about banking. It’s about integrating in those communities,” National Capital Bank CEO Richard Anderson says. Asked how the bank promotes and share’s the ways in which it gives back, Anderson replies: “Historically it’s been more by action than words.”
  • Customers Extol the Virtues of Banking Locally

    Apr 18, 2018
    By shopping and banking locally, customers reap benefits they might not experience when frequenting big, national chains. Meaning: more of the money spent at local businesses go back into the local economy. Just how much more money? From local farms to antique dealers to technology startups, shopping locally reveals the people behind the products and services and creates community connections.
  • Serving Small Business: Behind the Numbers

    Apr 16, 2018
    Community banks’ preferred small business lender status is well documented, but as it turns out community banks may play an even bigger role in serving the financial needs of America’s economic engines than previously thought.
  • Agents of Change ​

    Apr 05, 2018
    The right inspiration can serve as a powerful motivator. It’s been used by heads of state, educators and business executives to galvanize action, sway sentiments, and motivate and empower individuals to serve as agents of change.
  • Getting Recognized for Good Deeds

    Jan 11, 2018
    Ever notice the spike in good news this time of year? Perhaps it’s a biproduct of the holidays and the charitable acts and general merriment that abound during the season. Maybe we’re just conditioned to take stock of our works as we embrace the new year and the promise it holds.
  • Sunshine State Helps Thaw De Novo Freeze

    Nov 06, 2017
    After an eight-year drought “de novo activity appears to be thawing as the economy warms,” Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika said at last week’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for Winter Park National Bank, the first new national bank charter since 2009.
  • Community Bank Leadership Lessons

    Oct 05, 2017
    A community bank’s success relies on steady, solid leadership forged from a shared vision and a goal to exceed customers’ expectations. That’s at least the way Brad Bolton, president and CEO of Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay, Ala., sees it.
  • Banding Together in a Time of Need

    Aug 31, 2017
    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.