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Kansas City, MO (April 2015) April is Community Banking Month and Lead Bank, along with more than 6,000 community banks nationwide, will celebrate the longstanding tradition of banking locally and the impact local banks make on their community. Lead Bank encourages consumers and small business owners to “Bank Locally” as they’re a critical part of the economic growth of our Missouri neighborhoods.
For almost 90 years, Lead Bank has played a key role in shaping the fabric of rural, suburban and soon to-be urban communities, by offering specialized banking and advisory services to small business owners, managers and their families, not to mention farmers, the businesses that serve them and their communities. Community banks, which are small businesses themselves, are an integral part of our nation’s financial system. According to the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA), community banks operate 52,000 locations, employ 700,000 Americans and hold $3.6 trillion in assets, $2.9 trillion in deposits and $2.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.
Community banks also offer several benefits when compared to larger banks. Lead Bank, as a community financial institution, is able to offer the same sophisticated array of services as larger banks and provide its clients with better and more personalized client service. In addition, when a business owner is making a strategic financial decision, most community banks are more nimble and allow access to top decision makers, enabling loans to be approved more quickly. Lastly, community banks tend to reinvest in their communities and share a commitment to developing strong neighborhoods.
“Community banks across the country are the financial thread that keeps neighborhoods thriving in both good times and in bad. By supporting all locally owned businesses in your community, consumers can make a big difference in the lives of their neighbors,” said Josh Rowland, Vice Chairman of Lead Bank. “Just as our nation’s community banks do each and every day, Lead Bank is proud to play its role in supporting economic growth of all the neighborhoods we serve. The financial and advisory services we provide to our clients help them reach maximum productivity, and we’re proud to be involved in building strong communities,” Rowland added.
For more than 85 years, Lead Bank has remained a strong independent commercial bank dedicated to delivering smart financial solutions for business owners, managers and their families and communities. With locations in Garden City, Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City Crossroads (Summer 2015), Lead Bank continues to provide treasury management, lending services, and personal client products. Lead Bank also offers advisory services to companies from bookkeeping to business brokerage services through its division, Lead Business Advisors. The new flagship location in Kansas City’s dynamic KC Crossroads District will introduce clients to a new “era of banking”. For additional information, call (816) 220.8600 or visit www.leadbankonline.com