April is Community Banking Month, and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and Landmark Community Bank, are encouraging consumers and small business owners to Go Local by banking locally with a community bank.
Because community banks put local deposits back to work in the community, and are financial first responders both in good times and in bad, consumers will be reinvesting in their neighborhood and making it a better place to live and work for generations to come.
To celebrate Community Banking Month, Landmark is having an open house on April 25 and 26. Coffee and cookies will be served. A container has been filled with coins, and the customer who guesses closest to the value of the coins will win the piggy bank and its contents. A plant will be awarded to second place.
On April 26, their Ramsey location will be having a shred day from 10 a.m. to noon (Sponsored by First Shred). Customers will be invited to bring in any documents they would like shredded for free during that time frame.
“We at Landmark Community Bank are relationship lenders that only thrive when our customers and communities do the same, so taking care of our customers and looking out for the best interest of our community is the way we do business,” said Kevin Johnson, President/CEO, Landmark Community Bank.
States, local governments, and community banks recognize Community Banking Month. Some community banks partner with local charities to host special events, while others promote economic development initiatives. Many community banks traditionally mark the month by highlighting their community service or financial education programs.
By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks — which are small businesses themselves — are an integral part of our nation’s financial system. Of the more than 7,000 community banks across the country, nearly 5,000 are ICBA members.
Representing more than 24,000 locations nationwide and employing nearly 300,000 Americans, ICBA members hold more than $1 trillion in assets, $1 trillion in deposits, and nearly $750 billion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community. Located in small towns, suburbia and big-city neighborhoods, community banks improve the nation’s communities by lending to local customers and funding nearly 60 percent of all small businesses under $1 million.