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New shoots with deep roots 
Independent Banker, February 2024

These days, only a small number of bankers are embracing the challenge of the de novo process even as the need for new banks grows. I spoke with executives behind four de novos about their startup journeys and how they are serving their communities.

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Digitalizing the commercial lending process
Independent Banker, January 2024

Moving a manual commercial loan process to an all-digital platform has enabled The Killbuck Savings Bank Co. to handle commercial loan requests more efficiently and seamlessly. The transition, however, hasn't been easy.

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Offering Consistency in Inconsistent Times
Independent Banker, July 2023 

While the word "consistency" doesn't have an easy association with the current banking environment, consistency in various forms has helped three very different community banks excel at commercial lending.

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6 ways to build a better onboarding experience
Independent Banker, April 2023 

The first few weeks of an employee starting a new job are pivotal in terms of how they’ll connect to their new company and their role. I spoke with community bankers about how they have perfected their onboarding processes.

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How the SECURE Act 2.0 affects small businesses


Thrivent, February 2023 

SECURE Act 2.0 impacts small businesses by providing new tools and incentives to benefit both employers and employees. This story shares some key provisions that small business owners should know about.

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