Community Banking in America

Did you know that community banks hold 13% of money in the banking system while facilitating 45% of small business loans? Deeply embedded in the areas they serve, community banks are vital contributors to the U.S. economy and small business lending. By acting as a force for positive economic and social change, community banks connect customers […]

Small Biz Spotlight – Tre Sorelle Cioccolato

A lot of people love chocolate. Like really, really love chocolate. But not a lot of people turn that affection for the confection into a full-blown career. Then again, not a lot of people are Janice Beck of Sandusky, OH. Beck created her small business, Tre Sorelle Cioccolato, after being inspired by her love of […]

New CFI Partnerships and Product Innovations Drive Buzz Points Growth

AUSTIN, TX—(Marketwired – May 9, 2017) – Buzz Points Inc., an incentive-based customer engagement and revenue-generating platform, made famous by its “buy local, spend local” rewards for community financial institutions (CFIs), has added 14 new partner CFIs to the program. Additionally, Buzz Points has introduced product capabilities that will help community banks and credit unions […]

Small Biz Spotlight – The Blue Marble

Finding the perfect gift for that special someone in your life can often be incredibly challenging. Even with a big box store on every corner and the endless Internet at your fingertips, filtering through all of that noise to find something meaningful and heartfelt is often difficult. That’s why those who live in Amherst and […]

Small Business Week: 3 Ways to Support Businesses in Your Community

Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business?1 In fact, small businesses create about two out of every three jobs in the U.S. every year.1 The first week of May is National Small Business Week, a time to recognize America’s small business owners and the vital […]