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IRS Reporting Grassroots Campaign Evolves with Congressional Debate

Oct 22, 2021
ICBA’s campaign against Washington’s IRS reporting proposal has helped consumers speak out against the plan. But as the debate evolves, the campaign now demands that community bankers increase their grassroots outreach through calls and messages to Capitol Hill.

Continuing Your Community Bank’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Journey

Oct 20, 2021
A new educational webinar series hosted by ICBA and Jackson Lewis starts tomorrow. This series will speak to community bank considerations around diversity and provide greater insights into both the why and how behind diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Key Take-Aways from Federal Reserve Report on Community Bank Innovation

Oct 18, 2021
High-tech, high touch. That phrase has been a rallying cry for community banks for years, emphasizing the blending of the relationship banking model with the technology fueling today’s digital era. And now the expression has bubbled up in a new source.

Three Proven Factors in Fintech Success with Community Banks

Oct 13, 2021
In this latest blog, ICBA senior vice president and chief innovation officer Charles Potts, writes about the key factors that lead fintechs to success in the community banking space.

ICBA Research Reveals Characteristics of Today’s Community Bank Customers

Oct 6, 2021
Today’s COVID-influenced environment has shifted customer tendencies and behaviors unlike anything we’ve witnessed before. The actions and activities of customers you have known have evolved, and potential new customers are now seeking different products and services than they would have just two years ago.

Reaching out to Unbanked and Underbanked Hispanic Customers

Oct 5, 2021
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, community bankers continue to discuss new ways of reaching out to the Hispanic community in their local areas and offer tips to connect with this diverse and burgeoning community.

Encore Bank Shares Tips for Connecting with Underserved Hispanic Groups

Oct 1, 2021
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, community bankers continue to discuss new ways of reaching out to the Hispanic community in their local areas. Miguel Lopez, senior vice president and chief community outreach officer at the Little Rock, Ark.-based Encore Bank, shares some tips to do just that.

Where Does the U.S. Stack Up in the Race for a Central Bank Digital Currency?

Oct 1, 2021
While policy and technology questions continue to be debated around the digital dollar, the vital role that community banks need to play in this next evolution of money is indisputable.

Community Bank Resources to Help Customers Bounce Back from Natural Disasters

Sep 29, 2021
As National Crisis Preparedness Month draws to a close, ICBA continues to reinforce the importance of proper preparedness to combat unforeseen natural disasters and keep local banks and communities operational.

5 Ways Community Banks Can Manage the Card Chip Shortage

Sep 17, 2021
A semiconductor chip shortage has emerged as a real challenge for banks. Industries from automobile manufacturing to consumer electronics have been reporting issues for months, and now the effects have spread to the payments industry.