Business Banking Montana Style

Big Sky Country is also the land of entrepreneurs and Bank of Montana, chartered less than three years ago, is succeeding by offering business owners and managers a high level of personal service. [Continue]

On the Beat — Strategic giving boosts banks bottom line

      Many organizations turn to financial institutions when looking for donations. Some bankers feel like they’re getting used and abused by the constant requests and even attend workshops on how to “just say no.”       But what if you could find a way to leverage that community goodwill for positive business impact? Since implementing … Read more

On the Beat – Can a business case be made for Twitter?

      Is Twitter, a one-year-old microblogging site, really all that useful? Or is it just media hype to fill space?       With Twitter, you can create your free account in moments and then post about two sentences’ worth of information (140 characters total) in real time. Once you create an account, you can also … Read more

Becoming a Facebook fan

Community banks are joining the virtual community of Facebook as another way to create presence and promote their involvement in their real neighborhoods. [Continue]

On the Beat: Two Illinois bankers discuss their moves to beef up capital

      Five banks have failed in Illinois this year as of May 22, which means nearly one of every seven failed banks in the nation this year has been in Illinois.       Three state chartered banks and two national banks were closed because they were “critically undercapitalized,” were “operated in an unsafe and unsound … Read more