Banking & the Economy: Rising Optimism Means Growth Opportunity

Encouraged by increasing demand, many of our region’s small business leaders are making the commitment to expand or to launch their new enterprise. Before you pull the trigger, learn how banking services can help you to reach your goal.

Success Story: Crystal Lake Bank & Trust

Discover a McHenry County bank that offers the service and familiarity of a small bank, with the services and connections of a big bank.






MONEY 101: Make the Most of Your Cash Management

Our business cycles start and end with money, so it’s essential to move cash efficiently. Here’s what you need to know about the fundamental tools of cash management and the advanced tools that can help you make the most of every dollar.






Business Growth: Five Things to Know Before You Grow

Despite waves of uncertainty in today’s marketplace, opportunities abound. Many small businesses and civic organizations are expanding operations or acquiring weaker competitors. Local marketing and finance professionals offer five things to consider before growing your enterprise.






Community Banks: Risks and Rewards of Online Banking

Nearly 60 percent of Americans are accessing their finances online, and they love the convenience. But, as with all activities online, security is a concern. Learn how locally owned and operated banks hold an advantage in safeguarding customers.






Community Banks: Seizing Opportunity with Super-Low Interest Rates

Home mortgage interest rates are at their lowest in 60 years, and community banks – that is, locally owned and operated institutions – are uniquely suited to help help customers seize an opportunity.






Community Banks: Committed to Local Business, Boom or Bust

It’s easy to be friends during the good times, but when the economy recedes, not every bank maintains the relationship. Learn how community banks provide essential services, and why they remain committed.