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News & Announcements
Look for Your 2014 Product & Service Solutions Directory in the Mail
Next week, you should receive your ICBA 2014 MarketPlaceNOW Product and Service Solutions directory in the mail. Packed with listings from hundreds of financial services vendors from across the country, ICBA’s  MarketPlaceNOW buyer's guide is your one-stop resource for a comprehensive directory of solutions providers that support the community banking industry.

Vendors are conveniently indexed by the service offering they provide. Plus, you’ll find informative articles that discuss topics like the best ways to negotiate vendor contracts and much more.

More Information: An electronic version of the ICBA 2014 MarketPlaceNOW Product & Service Solutions directory can be downloaded here.

News & Announcements
Participate in Short IT Survey and Enter to Win iPad Air
Are you looking for technology solutions that can increase bank productivity and reduce costs and security concerns? In an effort to better meet your needs, ICBA Strategic Technology Solutions is conducting a very short IT survey  to learn more about the types of IT cloud computing services you are using or considering adopting in the future, and how we can better help you achieve your efficiency goals.

Please take the brief IT survey and fill out the contact info to be entered into a drawing for an iPad Air.

More Information: To learn more about cloud computing solutions, visit the ICBA Strategic Technology Solutions website.

News & Announcements

Vining Sparks Survey Shows Continued Improvement for Banks
The January 2014 Vining Sparks Bank Survey shows continued improvement in the outlook for community bankers. Conducted between Jan. 28 and Jan. 31 the survey includes responses from 366 bankers located in all 12 Fed regions.
A Few Survey Highlights
Community bankers are notably more optimistic about loan growth, with 66 percent more net respondents expecting loans to grow in the next 12 months, an increase of 9 percent from the October survey.
  • The number one cause of concern for loan growth is lack of demand, cited by 75 percent of respondents, down from 78 percent in the October survey.
  • Over half of survey respondents now cite regulatory requirements as an obstacle to loan growth, up 14 percent, quarter over quarter.
  • Net 23 percent of respondents expect profitability to improve this year, up 5.7 percent, quarter over quarter.
  • The regulatory environment is cited by 80 percent of survey respondents as a concern for profitability, by far the most often-cited concern; and
  • Survey respondents have a clear bias to yields moving gradually higher over the next year.

More Information: Download the survey results.


Leap into the 2015 ICBA Convention with a Free Ticket!
Yes, you read that correctly! We are giving away a free convention registration to the 2015 ICBA Community Banking Live Convention in Orlando, Florida!

Follow these steps for your chance to win:
A. Be a Twitter user or sign up for Twitter at www.twitter.com.
B. Follow us @ICBA.
C. Tweet during the 2014 ICBA Community Banking Live Convention using the hashtag #ICBALive14!

More Information: Deadline to enter is before noon (Eastern time) on Thursday, March 13, 2014. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 14, 2014 via ICBA’s Twitter handle. For contest specifics, check out the social media section on our convention website. New to Twitter? Check out our "how-to"s section and the list of convention Twitter handles to follow. For more resources, go to www.icba.org/convention and click on the “Engage” tab.


NEW! CEO Compliance Review Seminar at Convention
You’ve been asking for a compliance check-list, and we’ve got one for you. Attend this lively workshop for just $49 at ICBA Community Banking Live in Honolulu and bring a compliance check-list back to your bank to be better prepared for your next exam. This seminar will address what you need to know to manage your compliance officer function, navigate examinations and make product/selections and refinements within compliance. Earn five CPE credits by attending the entire session on Sunday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Convention.

More Information: Register for this event.

Webinar: Developments in EMV
CPI Card Group, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, is joining with ICBA Bancard to present "Developments in EMV," an illuminating webinar that attempts to demystify the components of a successful EMV migration. This one-hour session will explore how issuers in other countries have leveraged EMV technology to bring added security to their cardholders' portfolios and how community banks stateside can follow this path to refresh their brand with innovation and value. 

More Information: Register now for Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).

ICBA Member Access is sponsored by QwickRate: Need to replace deposits without repricing your base? Post rates on QwickRate. Consistently. Attract a steady stream of institutional, non-brokered deposits – no transaction fees! Schedule a personalized webinar tour (introducing our beneficial new Bank Performance Report Card tool). Register for a webinar on this topic on Tuesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. or Wednesday March 12 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).

Audio Conference - Mortgage Reform: What’s Working and What’s Not!
This audio call will focus on the early challenges, lingering misconceptions, and unturned opportunities for community banks. This session will provide practical tips and spotlight best practices being applied by your fellow community banks. Learn whether your bank is on the right track as it adapts to this new regulatory environment.

When: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: Register for this event.

Webinar: Small Business - Big Deal to Community Banks

Now more than ever, community banks have an opportunity to win more relationships from small businesses in their communities. (Only 36 percent of small business owners said they were "extremely satisfied" with their banks, according to a 2011 survey from MasterCard Advisors' CCD Panel.)

Join ICBA Bancard and MasterCard Advisors for the "Small Business--Big Deal to Community Banks," webinar that will discuss the state of small business owners' satisfaction with their business banking card products and providers. Attendees will receive tips to position their card products to meet the unique needs of small business owners and strategies to help manage these important relationships and inspire card loyalty.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. (Eastern time) or Friday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: You do not need to register for this event. Just click on this link at the appointed time and enter the requested information. The Meeting Number is 8883255324 and the Code is 3373145.

Products & Services
Improving Efficiency and Costs of Overdraft Protection

IMPACT Financial Services, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, announced that IMPACT has enabled community banks to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs of overdraft protection programs following overdraft regulatory reform. The introduction of Overdraft Manager 4.0 has stood the test of regulatory review and can be managed by one person in about 30-45 minutes each day.

More Information: Read more.

Products & Services
Compliance Working Papers
One of the three elements of an effective compliance program is monitoring and corrective action. These compliance working papers are essential for monitoring your financial institution’s compliance with federal consumer compliance laws and regulations.

More Information: Learn more about ICBA's Compliance Working Papers.

Products & Services
Free Webinar Introducing NEW PSP for a Compliance Management System
Continuity Control, a new ICBA Preferred Service Provider, is hosting a free webinar to demonstrate its Compliance Management Platform. ICBA members will learn how Continuity Control provides a single solution engineered to automate the entire regulatory lifecycle including: regulatory update management, policy management, risk assessment, vendor management, custom controls, audit management and regulatory diagnostics and reporting.

More Information: Register to attend this webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. or Thursday, March 20 at 1 p.m. (Eastern time)

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