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News & Announcements
NerdWallet Announces Community Bank Local Project Award
NerdWallet, the premier source for transparent financial advice, is proud to announce its first-ever Community Banking Local Project Award, which invites community banks across the country to showcase financings that help local economies. We would like you to submit a project your bank funded that highlights the ways you work with borrowers through good times and bad.

To be considered for the award, banks need to prepare a short description of a local project funded in 2012 or 2013 and $100k or larger in total financing size.

Awards & Recognition
: ICBA Senior Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Terry Jorde will select one National Award winner from three finalists.The two remaining finalists will be awarded Honorable Mentions.

The finalists and their financings will be recognized on NerdWallet’s award homepage and in a special feature on the website. The winning bank will be presented with the award by a NerdWallet representative at the winning bank’s headquarters. As a bonus, NerdWallet will donate $1,500 to a charity of the winning bank’s choosing. 

More Information:
To find out more, please visit the award homepage and submit your entry (up to three per bank, deadline to submit is March 21, 2014).

News & Announcements
ICBA Chief of Staff Talks Small Business Lending
ICBA's Senior Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Terry Jorde was recently interviewed by BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine about how budding entrepreneurs can best position themselves when trying to secure capital for their small businesses. Jorde deftly dispelled the notion that traditional financing was not a viable option in the present economy and pointed to statistics that illustrate how community banks are not only lending to small businesses, but make 60 percent of all small business loans.      

More Information: Read the Feb. 6 article What to Know Before Applying for a Small Business Loan. 

Tour Registration Deadline Looms!
Making plans to fill the gaps in your days while at the convention? This is your last opportunity to pre-register for optional tours during ICBA Community Banking Live in Honolulu.
Tour registration ends on Monday, Feb. 10. On-site registration will be accommodated subject to space availability. Of course, taking time to explore the Hawaiian landscape can be done on your own time and schedule too.

The ICBA Live 2014 Mobile App is now available. Designed for smartphones and tablets, the interactive mobile app will connect you with the latest convention events, news, exhibitor information, social media discussions, other attendees and more. To download the mobile app, search “ICBA” in your App Store or Market.

More Information: Learn more about all the activities and events that are planned at ICBA Community Banking Live. Tour Registration Deadline Extended Until Feb.10!

ICBA Member Access is sponsored by QR Lending: Old methods of doing mortgages – and complying with regulations – are a thing of the past. NOW is the time to partner with an expert who can help you run a profitable, compliant and service-oriented mortgage operation. Benefit from your own Dedicated Loan Coordinator. Call (888) 766-4734 or register for our webinar on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time). Equal Housing Lender. www.qrlending.com/webinars

Is Your Community Bank Up to the IB Digital Challenge?
Find the singing executive in the special section of ICBA Independent Banker’s January issue, Industry Partners Get Personal, and IB will profile your bank for Community Banking Month. In the special section, executives from five prominent community bank service providers offer their perspectives on industry trends and developments in 2014. View the section in the digital edition, click on the tagged hyperlinks and get your community bank profiled.

More Information: Learn how to enter.

ICBA Independent Banker’s February Issue Is Published
The February issue of ICBA Independent Banker is chock full of stories featuring a wide variety of industry voices and perspectives. A cover story package on the capital markets includes articles on Virginia’s John Marshall Bank, which recently conducted a successful $30 million stock sale; on advice from several capital market experts about the climate for community bank stock sales; and an expert byline by attorney David Baris.

The issue also includes interviews with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry. Elsewhere in the issue and online, find articles on three members of Congress leading push for regulatory relief for community banks; on seven up-and-coming emerging industry leaders; on technology experts on the latest IT security issues for community banks; and on Peoples Bank of Alabama’s employee stock ownership plan.

More Information: In addition to mailed print subscriptions, the February issue is available free on IB’s website and in a digital edition. Free digital subscriptions to IB are also available by email to any employee of an ICBA member bank. To receive a digital subscription automatically each month, email to magazine@icba.org with your name, title, and bank’s name and address.

Audio Conference: Feb 11 Audio Call: Capital Planning 2.0
Now that the dust has settled on Basel III, regulatory expectations for capital levels and capital planning surrounding community banks have become clearer. Community banks are required to adhere to the new requirements by Jan. 1, 2015.

This one-hour audio session will address the important implications of the new rules and explore the little-discussed wrinkles in the Basel III regulations impacting community banks. Peter Weinstock will explain how to prepare a capital plan consistent with regulatory pronouncements and suggest some non-traditional alternatives for raising capital.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time)

More Information: Register for this event.

ICBA Teller Specialist Certificate Program
The ICBA Teller Specialist Certificate Program contains over 20 hours of content on topics vital to the success of today’s bank teller. This program ensures your bank’s tellers have the tools they need to exceed customer service expectations and comply with relevant regulations.

More Information: Learn more about ICBA's Teller Specialist Certificate Program.

Cloud Computing 101 - Introduction to Cloud Computing Webinar

Please join ICBA Strategic Technology Solutions for the first in a three-part series of informative and educational cloud computing webinars. While some community banks are in the cloud computing information gathering phase, others are testing the water. Attend the Cloud Computing 101 – Introduction to Cloud Computing Webinar and learn how cloud computing can be the answer to many of your community bank IT challenges, including:

  • High and escalating capital expenditures;
  • Inaccurate budgeting;
  • Difficult upgrade cycles;
  • Complex licensing;
  • Costly and complicated recovery solutions; and
  • Complicated compliance and security.  

When: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. (Eastern time)

More Information: Learn more about the benefits of cloud computing by joining ICBA Strategic Technology Solutions for the first in a three-part series of informative and educational Cloud Computing webinars and get the facts!

Webinar: Tax-related Identity Fraud Webinar
Tax-related identity fraud is a growing problem with more than 640,000 taxpayers victimized by tax-related identity fraud in 2011, more than double the number of taxpayers affected in 2010. Travelers, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, will be hosting a webinar exploring what tax-related identity fraud is, how it can happen, potential damage what the IRS is doing about it.

When: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: Register for this event.

Products & Services
Whitepaper: Upgrading the OS: Discontinued Support for Windows XP

On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, meaning community banks that still rely on this operating system will no longer receive monthly security patches, system updates or technical assistance.  Community banks must upgrade or subscribe custom support agreements with Microsoft.

More Information: Read the whitepaper from BLM Technology that highlights potential problems maintaining XP and details the benefits of upgrading. 

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