Author: Wendy K. Baumann
Date: 09/26/2018

Are Women the Secret to Achieving Sustained Economic Growth?

Research indicates that while women-owned businesses account for 36% of all U.S. enterprises, they employ just 7% of the country’s workforce – and contribute less than 4% of business revenues. This presents a...

Topics: Business Growth , General Business , Financing

8 of Our Favorite Business Books

It’s estimated that in the U.S., more than 1,000 new business books are published every month. With that massive a quantity, it’s no wonder that professionals eager to leverage the latest business insights find the...

Topics: General Business

Author: Robert Seal
Date: 09/12/2018

Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your Community Bank’s Local Connections?

One benefit of partnering with a community bank that’s often overlooked is the networking opportunities it provides. You probably know we can save you time with the ability to make decisions locally (rather than...

Topics: General Business

Author: Laura Wiegert
Date: 09/05/2018

5 Steps for Developing a Simple Marketing Plan

A marketing plan is an integral part of any business, but for some it can be intimidating to put together. The good news is that a successful plan doesn’t need to be a large, complicated document; even a simple...

Topics: General Business , Business Growth

Author: Mark Sterr
Date: 08/22/2018

5 Things Successful Business Owners Should Do In Tough Times

Most businesses at one time or another will experience challenging periods where revenue dips or profitability is compromised; whether from market contraction, emerging competitors, loss of a key customer, raw...

Topics: General Business , Cash Management , Business Growth , Financing

Author: Bill Hodgkiss
Date: 08/15/2018

ICB Launches Economic Update Newsletter

As a business bank, we know how important it is to keep current on economic conditions in your region and the state, but sometimes only national data is readily available. That’s why we’ve recently launched the ICB...

Topics: General Business

Author: Matt Lemke
Date: 08/08/2018

3 Reasons Why a Business Credit Card May Be Right for You

Many of our past blog posts have focused on topics related to business financing – from preparing to apply for a loan and loan options, to what banks look for when evaluating potential borrowers, and much more. But...

Topics: Cash Management , General Business , Financing

Author: Will Deppiesse
Date: 08/01/2018

SBA 7(a) Loans: Should You Look for a Variable or Fixed Rate?

When considering financing options, many business owners explore Small Business Administration (SBA) loans with their bankers, including the SBA 7(a) program. The 7(a) program is one of the SBA’s most popular...

Topics: Business Growth , Financing , Government Loan Programs/Financing Options

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