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Marquette Bank Recognizes National Community Banking Month in April
Neighborhood Bank shares benefits to community banking and launches effort to encourage residents to bank locally
Orland Park, IL (April 4, 2012) – Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, has announced a new effort to support the grassroots movement of banking with smaller, local banks. The Bank will host “Switch to Neighborhood Banking” events each month on the third Saturday, starting April 21st and continuing throughout the end of the year. This announcement is part of the Bank’s support of National Community Banking Month which aims to raise awareness about the vital role local banks play in the lives of their customers and communities. National Community Banking Month was created by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) who represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States. The month-long celebration will also include: ICBA’s “I Love My Community Bank” campaign where someone will win $500 for sharing why they love their community bank. “Consumers are making more thoughtful decisions these days about where they keep their money and how that impacts their local economy,” said Betty Kosky-Harn, Executive Vice President. “We are encouraging our customers to spread the word about the benefits of neighborhood banking and to tell their friends and family to come into the bank on the third Saturday of each month to learn more.” Below are six benefits of banking at a community bank: 1. Good for Local Economy. When you bank with a neighborhood bank, your money stays in the neighboring community. The money you are putting into your local, community bank is being used in your hometown to make your city prosper. 2. More Personal Service. Many smaller banks offer you more personalized and better customer service. Community banks pride themselves on customer service and focus on the customer as much as possible. There is a strong realization that without the customer, the bank could not survive. So if you are looking to be treated like you matter, banking with a community bank is the way to go. Neighborhood banks, like Marquette Bank, actually care about the financial well-being of their customers and put their customers’ interests first. 3. Community Service. Volunteer work in the community and neighborhood is highly sought after and encouraged by most community banks. Small banks support community institutions as well as volunteer their time to service organizations and at local events. It is a top priority to improve and help the neighboring communities and the people in them. 4. Faster Response. You will receive immediate help with questions. Community banks have their customer service center departments stationed locally, which makes getting your problems solved that much quicker. At a local, community bank, you will get instant assistance to your questions and can avoid being transferred to several departments to get an answer. Your chances of getting a real person on the line to meet your needs instantly, is very likely. 5. Focus on Main Street. Small banks put a strong emphasis on the well-being of local businesses. Community banks see the importance small businesses play in the prosperity of the local community. Local businesses assist in maintaining the local economy and therefore banks are willing to help in their growth. Community banks host business networking events at their locations to drive in local businesses to interact, meet and help each other. 6. More ATMs. While this is not always true of all community banks, some banks such as Marquette Bank, offer customers free access through surcharge-free ATMs networks. For example, Marquette Bank customers have more free ATMs than the largest national banks through the Allpoint and Starsf surcharge-free ATMs Networks. Marquette Bank offers over 43,000 free ATMs in the United States, UK, Mexico and Australia and even provides customers with a Mobile SmartPhone Application to find one near home, work or while traveling. According to Raddon Finanacial’s National Consumer Research, from the Fall of 2011, 57% of U.S. households agree they get more personalized service from smaller institutions, like community banks. Furthermore, less than one in three thinks big banks provide a better checking product than smaller banks. For more information on ICBA’s “I Love My Community Bank” campaign and how to enter for a chance to win $500, visit www.ilovemycommunitybank.com. For more details about Marquette Bank or “Switch to Neighborhood Banking” Day, please call 1-888-254-9500 or visit www.lovewhereyoubank.com.
About Marquette Bank:
Marquette National Corporation is a $1.7 billion diversified financial holding company for Marquette Bank. Marquette Bank has been a locally-operated bank providing personalized banking service since 1945. Marquette Bank is a full-service, customer-focused neighborhood bank that serves the financial needs of Chicagoland communities, offering an extensive line of financial products including retail banking, mortgages, trust and business banking, free Online Bill Pay and free Automated Telephone Banking. Marquette Bank’s retail branches are located in Chicago, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Romeoville and Summit, Illinois. Marquette Bank customers have convenient free access to over 43,000 Allpoint and Starsf ATMs worldwide.
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