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Sweet! Community Banking Month Gets An Official Cupcake

ICBA NewsWatch Today 04/11/2014

Go Local - Community Banking MonthSweet! Community Banking Month Gets An Official Cupcake. ICBA has partnered with a local cupcake truck, funded by a Virginia community bank, to tout Community Banking Month in the Washington, D.C. region with a specially designed purple cupcake to reflect ICBA's radiant orchid Community Banking Month branding. If you're in D.C. for the Washington Policy Summit or enjoying the cherry blossoms on your spring break, make sure you look for the SweetBites mobile cafe around town. What a sweet way to support a local small business made possible by a community bank! Follow @SweetBitesTruck or #BankLocally for updates on the truck’s location. #BankLocally Social Media ContestThe ICBA radiant orchid community banking messaging is blanketing the DC metro area, on metro cars, buses and Capitol South station. We encourage visitors and residents to snap a pic and tweet the ads with hashtag #BankLocally. Five randomly selected entries will win $50 gift cards. News & Information IB Magazine Highlights New ICBA LeadersThe April issue of ICBA Independent Banker features short profiles of ICBA’s newly elected officers and Executive Committee members for 2014-15. The issue also includes Community Banking Month articles on community banks voted the best in their communities and on former big-bank employees who found career homes at community banks. Other articles cover ICBA’s response for community banks during the Target data breach, the risk of social engineering IT attacks and a Colorado bank that found a residential lending niche with military service members. More Information: The magazine is always available free on IB’s website. Free digital edition subscriptions are available by email to any employee of an ICBA member bank. To receive a subscription, email to with your name, title, and bank’s name and address.

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EducationWebinar: New FFIEC Guidance on Social MediaWith the recent issuance of final guidance from the FFIEC on risks of Social Media, financial institutions of all types and sizes are required to evaluate the risks that the use of social media by the institution and its customers, employees, and others poses to the institution, and how to address those risks. In this webinar, you'll learn how financial institutions and their employees are using social media, the risks involved with social networking, including common mistakes, and ways you can mitigate the risks. Special attention will be given to the FFIEC's Guidance, "Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management." When: Tuesday, April 15 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time). More Information: Register for this event. Education Webinar: How to Earn CRA Credit By Combating Elder AbuseICBA 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.   EducationAudio Conference: Vendor Management — Key PrinciplesBanks share a tremendous amount of sensitive customer data with third party vendors. It is imperative that they establish a trusted relationship with those vendors to ensure that this data is not compromised, lost or stolen. This session will provide an overview of key regulations that affect vendor management, identify an organized vendor management program and offer useful tips and strategies that make the program more effective. When: Thursday, April 17 at 11 a.m.. (Eastern time). More Information: Register for this event. EducationWebinar: What’s On the Horizon in Compliance? In this 90-minute presentation, ICBA Preferred Service Provider Wolters Kluwer Financial Services will work through the compliance calendar highlighting the status of current proposed and final regulations with information about compliance changes and mandatory effective dates. From lending to mortgage to IRA/Deposit to financial intelligence, this session will help ensure your compliance staff is abreast of the regulatory landscape and its impact on your organization. When: Thursday, April 17 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time). More Information: Register for this event. EducationWebinar: Ag Lending – Back to the 1980’s? Not Yet! Join WebEquity Solutions, an ICBA Preferred Service Provider, for a one hour webinar, “Ag Lending – Back to the 1980’s? Not Yet!” Across the country, there are varying attitudes about the stability of agriculture.  During this webinar we’re going to talk about some of the changes that have happened in the Ag landscape and how they will change where we’re headed as Ag lenders. We’ll look at when times were simpler, guidelines for the “uneasy” times, critical credit analysis and how to have the hard “Farmer Talk” discussions. When: Thursday, April 17 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time). More Information: Register for this event. EducationWebinar: Mergers & Acquisitions & Bank Valuation UpdateICBA Securities, the institutional broker/dealer of the ICBA, is hosting its first webinar of the year that will examine the emerging merger and acquisition landscape, the key factors that contribute to your bank's value and provide an update on how some community banks have approached the capital markets. Attendees will learn:

  • Statistics on M&A activity over the last several years;
  • Factors which drive bank valuations;
  • Costs and benefits of strategic mergers;
  • Metrics on community bank valuations; and
  • Tips for successful negotiations.

When: Wednesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. (Eastern time).More Information: Register for this event.

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