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Custom Community Banking Month Toolkit Now Available
Customizable resources to help community banks celebrate Community Banking Month in April are now available on the ICBA website.

ICBA offers members a Community Banking Month Marketing and Communications Toolkit, which includes four customizable news releases and an op-ed. Community bankers can use the tools to announce the month-long celebration and show pride for the vital role community banks serve. Additionally, the ICBA member toolkit includes sample social media posts and marketing ideas that community banks can use to spread the word.

ICBA encourages members to use these turnkey custom resources throughout the month of April. The marketing and communications resources reinforce the message that community banks put local deposits back to work in their communities, are expert small-business and agricultural lenders, and support economic sustainability.

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Community bankers also can tweet with the #BankLocally hashtag and share their photos with ICBA on Facebook. ICBA will share community bank posts and showcase their celebrations across the nation. Access the ICBA Community Banking Month Toolkit.

News and Information
ICBA Members Eligible for Compensation Survey Discount
ICBA members are eligible for a 60 percent discount on results of the 2014 ICBA-Crowe Compensation Survey. The survey provides valuable compensation benchmarking data that allow community banks to make critical decisions about compensation, human resources and benefits.

The discounted survey results will help community banks determine whether their compensation practices are competitive and how they can control the costs of benefits.

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Go online to take advantage of the discount and participate in the 2014 compensation survey today. The survey closes June 1, and results will be available in August. Learn more and take the survey.

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News and Information

IB Magazine: Community Banks Cautious on New Mortgage Rules
After lots of work and preparations for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage lending rules, many community banks have expressed caution about lending under the complex new regulations. Nevertheless, some community banks are steaming ahead to pursue opportunities even as others may pull back from their residential mortgage lending. Read different perspectives on the impact of new rules in an online article from ICBA Independent Banker. View other content this month online at www.ibmag.org.

More Information: Free digital edition subscriptions are available by email to any employee of an ICBA member bank. To receive a subscription, send an email to magazine@icba.org with your name, title, and bank’s name and address.

News and Information
Read the Latest Issue of BankInsurance.com
In the latest issue of BankInsurance.com News from Michael White Associates: Fruitful yield - wealth management programs have become many bankers' favorite crop, as they continue to produce more and more fee income. Read about which banks led in this income category and compare your own fee income results. Also in this issue, consumers reveal that banks are their number one choice for purchasing insurance outside the traditional agency system. Find out what the same survey respondents said about online providers and retailers.

More Information: Read the latest issue of BankInsurance.com News.

Products & Services
Auditing Manuals
Give your internal auditing department a boost with ICBA auditing manuals. Each manual contains valuable information, schedules, checklists, questionnaires, procedures and sample policies.

More Information: Learn more about ICBA's Auditing Manuals.

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Loan Review Manual
Your loan portfolio can be one of your strongest assets. This manual, now available in CD and hardcopy, gives you the tools to structure policies and procedures to ensure quality and accurate loan portfolios.

More Information: Learn more about ICBA's Loan Review Manual.

Webinar: Changing Regulations Threatening Your Mortgage Franchise?
Mortgage lending is a critical component to your bank's success, but the days of status quo are over. Get the keys to adapt and thrive in today's "survival of the fittest" landscape by easing regulatory, business and competitive threats to your mortgage business. Topics discussed on this one-hour webinar include how to:
  • Streamline GFE point-and-fee accuracy and delivery;
  • Simplify compliance across your organization;
  • Capture essential purchase volume; and
  • Be your organization's hero by helping make mortgages more profitable.
When: Thursday, April 3 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: Register for this event.

Webinar: Time to Think About Student Loans. Your Customers Are!
ICBA Preferred Service Provider iHELP is hosting a webinar to help community banks prepare the upcoming peak season for private student loans. Topics will include marketing best practices, successful marketing stories of participating community banks, and a review of the 2014-2015 iHELP student loan program.

When: Thursday, April 3, at 2 p.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: Register for this event.


Webinar: How to Earn CRA Credit By Combating Elder Abuse
ICBA and the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation are hosting an upcoming webinar on the nationally acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers program to protect seniors from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Funding for this program comes exclusively from the banking industry and can serve as an easy way for community banks to earn valuable Communities Reinvestment Act credit.

When: Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).

More Information: Register for this event.

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