ICBA and FNB Bank: Community Banks Build Better Communities
In honor of Community Banking Month in April, FNB Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) are shining a spotlight on community bank efforts to create economic prosperity for Americans in urban, suburban, and rural communities nationwide.
“As a local small business ourselves, we are invested in building the prosperity of our customers, while enhancing the community we all call home,” stated Sally Hopkins, FNB President & CEO. “FNB invites our local citizens to explore how we can help them throughout their financial journey as we work together to help them achieve their personal and business goals—all while keeping deposits local and boosting our local community.”
Collectively, community banks make more than 60% of small-business loans, more than 80% of agriculture loans, and contribute tax dollars that help maintain local municipalities. Community banks:
- Are favored by small businesses, earning a 76% satisfaction score compared to 62% for large banks, 46% for finance companies and 39% for online lenders.
- Are committed lenders with loan growth that has outpaced noncommunity banks for a decade.
- Demonstrate safety and soundness with higher capital ratios and better loan quality than the largest institutions.
- Offer high-touch, high-tech service. This gives consumers access to modern-day conveniences and technical capabilities while maintaining the personal service for which community banks are known.
- Have a track record in helping underserved Americans by providing greater flexibility to low-income and minority borrowers. Community banks serve 93% of majority-minority communities and 96% of low-income designated counties.
- Understand and embrace local small businesses. In fact, community banks made 60% of total Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses and provided 72% of PPP loans to minority business owners that reported such data.
- Give back to their communities. Civic service is a way of life for community bankers as reflected in ICBA’s National Community Bank Service Awards.
“Community banks embrace their role as financial stewards because catering to their customers’ unique financing needs is central to their business philosophy and ensuring satisfied, life-long customers,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “ICBA is proud to represent these civic-minded servants and to support their efforts to build better communities—one loan, one customer at a time.”
For more facts about community banks, click here. Follow the ICBA Community Banking Month conversation on social media with the #BankLocally and #CommunityBankingMonth hashtags.
About FNB Bank
FNB Bank, founded in 1875, is one of the oldest banks in the state of Kentucky with assets exceeding $650 million. FNB ranks among the highest in the nation in the area of safety and soundness. FNB is a 2021-2023 ‘Best Places to Work in Kentucky’ Small Business Category Award Winner. The bank currently has ten locations located in Graves, McCracken, Calloway, Trigg and Marshall County. FNB is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA 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.
With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute roughly 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5.8 trillion in assets, over $4.9 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.5 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.