The idea of “sustainability” is linked to a lot of local activities these days—whether it’s reusing or recycling products, sampling culinary delights from a local bakery, or choosing to buy American-made products to support our national economy. There are plenty of reasons why eating, dining, and banking locally makes good economic sense.
If you’ve ever wondered if it matters where you deposit your hard-earned money, let me assure you it does. Not only does banking locally support small businesses (community banks fund more than 60% of small business loans and more than 80% of ag loans), but as locally owned and operated businesses themselves, they are part of the economic engines that create 62 percent of new jobs annually.
Community banks like The Farmers Bank take in deposits and distribute loans that feed into a self-sustaining micro-economy and keep funds right here in Northern Sumner and Robertson counties. It is all part of a symbiotic relationship that community banks have with their communities. And the proceeds from those businesses employ residents, fund municipalities, and continue the cycle of locally based economic growth.
And if you need more proof just consider the community bank response to the coronavirus pandemic.
But it is not just about stats. When customers contact The Farmers Bank, they are greeted by a talented team member who is attuned to their needs and empowered to act on their behalf.
And when our employees log volunteer hoursor when The Farmers Bank contributes to various charitable organizations and community events, we are working toward our goal to ensure economic prosperity for the community we call home.
April is Community Banking Month, and I want to thank our customers for putting their trust in us for their banking needs. For our neighbors who may be considering a switch, I implore you to take a closer look at The Farmers Bank to discover how we can help you realize your financial dreams.
At The Farmers Bank we pledge to never lose sight of the all-important “relationship” and the personalized service our customers expect.
Remember, we are all in this together. Community banks like mine are only successful if our customers and communities are, too. That is why community banks and our relationship business model have thrived for more than 150 years. We know what it takes to create successful local economies. Join us in helping to build a more sustainable, vibrant economy here at home!