Membership News & Announcements
ICBA Seeks Community Banking Emerging Leaders
ICBA is requesting nominations of community bankers to profile as emerging industry leaders in ICBA Independent Banker. Several individuals who exemplify the hallmarks of community banking—effectiveness, integrity, ingenuity, leadership and top-flight customer service—will be highlighted as upcoming industry leaders. People with different responsibilities, such as those in management, lending, marketing, technology and compliance positions, will be featured in articles explaining their professional success and effectiveness. Submissions, which should briefly explain why those nominated are outstanding representatives of our industry, are due Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Convention
ICBA Designs Convention Programming Track to Fit Lenders’ Needs
Community bankers from across the country will converge in Las Vegas, March 11-15 for ICBA’s National Convention and Techworld 2013® at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. In addition to unparalleled networking opportunities, the convention features an entire track of exciting education sessions designed specifically for lenders.

Some of the featured lender track sessions include:

  • Help your Producers Manage Risks and Grow Profits;
  • Best Marketing Strategies for Your Producers and Managing Expectations; and
  • Unexpected Losses: Terminal Risk Analysis.

Convention attendees can design their own learning experience based on personal and professional needs, while earning CPE Credits.

Register today to qualify for a $300 early-bird discount, and watch the Convention Website for session updates and speaker announcements. 

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  • FOLLOW THE 2013 ICBA NATIONAL CONVENTION AND TECHWORLD® ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
    Join the conversation and stay up-to-date with the latest 2013 ICBA National Convention & Techworld news. For more information on social media at the convention, go to the convention website and click on the “Engage” tab. Check out our new blog, “Network and Engage,” for behind-the-scenes interviews, staff updates, workshop profiles and more!


Products & Services
DVDs - Affordable Technologies for Better Marketing
Give your bank’s marketing efforts a real boost with these new and affordable tools! The 45-minute DVD includes information detailing how to use iPads for more effective customer presentations, find great prospects quickly and easily, focus your marketing efforts and much more.

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Sage Counsel for Community Banks
To address both current and long-term strategic issues, community banks rely on expert advice and counsel for an array of business opportunities and challenges. In the ICBA Independent Banker special advertorial section, three community bank business-counsel and service-provider firms—consulting firm McGladrey LLP, planning systems provider Plansmith Corporation and the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.—offer insights on key issues facing community banks. Each of these firms provides its own particular expertise to help ensure that community banks continue to perform their best today and far into the future.

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Preferred Service Providers Offer Additional Value to ICBA Members
ICBA Preferred Service Providers (PSPs) are a select group of service providers to the community banking industry that have earned the approval of ICBA’s Bank Services Committee, which seek solutions to critical member needs. PSPs offer unique benefits to ICBA member banks, which may include member-only programs or discounts! More than 80 percent of ICBA members use at least one PSP service.

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Article: It’s Time to Add a “6th C” of Credit
Most small business lenders were trained to recognize the “5 C’s” of credit. Given the fast pace of the information age, it may be time to add a sixth. ICBA Preferred Service Provider ProfitStars discusses the quality of communication that takes place between the business owner and the underwriting credit officer.

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Article: Deposits are Not the Pain
As catch phrases such as "comprehensive treasury management" and "full service merchant solutions" are delivered so often and by so many, it is getting increasingly difficult for target merchants to understand the message. ICBA Preferred Service Provider ProfitStars discusses how a community bank can remain an essential business partner for the merchants both in their deposits and the details supporting them.

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Education
Webinar: Looking Outside the Box to Improve Efficiency
How do you improve efficiency and cut costs even more when you’ve already exhausted the “standard” strategies? Banker's Dashboard, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, will provide answers in an upcoming Webinar that takes cost-cutting ideas beyond the norm. You’ll learn where to look for expense reductions and process improvements, and hear about practical options that you can implement in 2013 to gain greater flexibility for meeting budget and exceeding performance goals.

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  • Register online or contact Julie Durham at (770) 507-9894, ext. 104 for this presentation, which will be given on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Save the Date! Events from ICBA Education

Nov.  1
Hackers Targeting Your Customers: Payment Fraud
Hackers have determined that attacking the bank directly is not the best approach. Attacking customers is easier and in many ways more profitable. In this session we will discuss trends in hacking activity that targets bank customers. We will paint a picture of the landscape with respect to the security of bank customers as well as the challenges banks face in educating those customers.

Western Region Seminars
Nov. 19-20 and Dec. 6-7
Executive Leadership - Western Issues Conference
In these wildly turbulent times, bank leaders must recommit to the most proven and effective leadership methods available. Learn to unlock the secrets of effective leadership, exploring when to lead, coach and delegate to gain maximum leverage of your time and efforts.

Dec. 3-4
Loan Review
The loan review process is critical to the success of any community bank. The loan process must be structured and requires policies and procedures to ensure timely identification of problem credits, asset quality and accuracy. It must also have well-defined classification guidelines that ensure consistent loan ratings and the accounting for the allowance for loan and lease losses that must comply with generally accepted accounting principles. This fast-paced course will challenge your understanding of credit review in today's banking environment.

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Now Offering Courses to Individuals and Institutions
From compliance topics to desktop training and everything in between, the ICBA Online Education Center offers members access to hundreds of online courses that are customized for community banks and updated as regulations change. Included with the purchase of these courses is access to a learning-management system that allows community bankers to accurately track course progress and achievement rates. Courses are available for both institutions and individuals and include full-audio and randomized test questions. Checkout our newest courses:

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