• Marquette Bank Observes National Community Banking Month in April
    Neighborhood bank shares benefits of community banking and launches effort to encourage residents to bank locally 

    Orland Park, IL (April 1, 2013) – Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, is observing National Community Banking Month by continuing an effort to support the grassroots movement of banking with smaller local banks. The bank will host “Switch to Neighborhood Banking” events at all 23 locations on the third Saturday of each month to promote the benefits of community banking for the remainder of the year. Marquette Bank’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the vital role local banks play in the lives of their customers and communities.

    “People are making the switch to community bank because they see the positive impact it has on the local community and for their overall banking experience,” Betty Kosky-Harn, Executive Vice President, said. “Community banks keep their money in the neighboring area and help support the financial needs of local families and businesses.”

    Below are seven 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. Therefore, you are helping your neighborhood prosper by putting your money into your local community bank.


    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, 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 are active in local events. It is a top priority to improve and help the neighboring communities and the people in them.

     

    1. Faster response. You will receive immediate help with questions. Community banks have their customer service center departments stationed locallywhich 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. The chances of getting a real person on the line to instantly meet your needs is very likely.

     

    1. 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 meet, interact and help each other.  
       
    2. 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 ATM networks.  For example, Marquette Bank customers have more free ATMs than the largest national banks through the Allpoint and Starsf surcharge-free ATM networks. Marquette Bank offers over 55,000 free ATMs in the United States, UK, Mexico and Australia and even provides customers with a Mobile SmartPhone Application to find an ATM near home, work or while traveling.


    3. Better for your pocketbook. Community banks usually have more free options, less fees, fewer requirements or lower minimum balances than the larger banks. Smaller banks don’t have the high overhead costs associated with corporate jets, fancy offices or stadium naming rights.  Neighborhood banks, like Marquette Bank, are big enough to provide all the convenience and financial solutions of a larger bank, but give you the personal attention you can only get from a neighborhood bank.


    For more details about Marquette Bank or “Switch to Neighborhood Banking Day,” please call 1-888-254-9500 or visit www.lovewhereyoubank.com.


    About National Community Banking Month:

    National Community Banking Month was created by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), an organization that 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. 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.

       

    About Marquette Bank:    

    Marquette National Corporation is a $1.6 billion diversified financial holding company for Marquette Bank. Marquette Bank has been a locally owned and 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, home financing, trust services and business banking. Marquette Bank has a lending portfolio of almost $1 billion in Chicagoland and offers home mortgages, multifamily lending, commercial mortgages, lines of credit, commercial real estate loans and small business lending. Marquette Bank regularly offers free financial literacy and education seminars, workshops and classes to customers, schools, senior groups, community organizations and local residents including personal financial and home buyer education classes. Marquette Bank has 23 retail branches 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 provides customers mobile banking, online banking and telephone banking options and free access to over 55,000 Allpoint and Starsf ATMs worldwide.

    Marquette Bank is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Follow Marquette Bank on Twitter or like the Bank on Facebook for special offers and news. For more information visit: http://www.emarquettebank.com or call 1-888-254-9500.