Go local and switch to a community bank
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and First Community Bank (FCB) of East Tennessee are reminding Americans that their choice of financial institution matters and could impact their ability to secure a loan, obtain favorable fees or rates, or ensure the high-quality, personal service they desire from their bank.
“Community banks have earned the public’s trust because they have proven to be good stewards of their depositors’ money,” said ICBA Chairman Scott Heitkamp. “Because they live and work in their communities, they have a vested interest in pricing their products fairly and practicing prudent underwriting when extending loans. People like knowing that their money is being put to work in their community—making it a better place for all who call it home.”
With so many choices available, ICBA and FCB offer the following checklist to illustrate the community bank difference. Community banks offer:
- Local Focus: Community banks channel their loans to the neighborhoods where their depositors live and work, which helps local businesses and communities thrive.
- Relationship Banking:Community bank officers know their customers and consider family history and discretionary spending in making loans.
- Innovative Solutions: Community bankers work hand in hand with customers to ensure they have access to the best innovations possible to meet their needs—including the most secure, reliable and convenient payment options.
- Timely Decision-Making: Community banks offer nimble decision-making on business loans because decisions are made locally. They are also excellent business advisers because they too are a small business and know the market better than anyone.
- Community Engagement and Accessibility: Community bankers are deeply involved in their local communities, donating their time, dedication and resources to local causes that make a difference in the lives of residents.
“We pride ourselves on our quality service and strong community ties,” said Miranda Cooper, Vice President of Marketing and Administration at First Community Bank. “Our customers can count on us to do right by them, because when they succeed everybody wins.”
ICBA and FCB also offer these tips to remember before switching banks:
- Make sure all outstanding checks have cleared before closing your old checking account.
- Open an account at your new bank before you leave your old bank.
- Do not close the old bank account until you are sure any direct deposits or automatic bill payments have transferred to the new account.
About First Community Bank of East Tennessee
With more than $170 million in assets, First Community Bank offers a complete range of financial services including savings, checking, CDs, investment services, consumer, mortgage, and commercial lending, business services, and much more. The philosophy of local bank decision-making and personalized service is the driving force of First Community Bank. Founded in 1993, First Community Bank has six locations in Rogersville, Church Hill, Kingsport and Colonial Heights. For more information, visit www.fcbanktn.com or stop by a branch location near you.
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for nearly 5,700 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.