CNote, an Oakland-based fintech, announced that Apple will use the CNote platform to deploy $25 million into underserved communities across the country. Apple's $25 million commitment is part of its broader Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, an effort to address systemic racism in America and expand opportunities for communities of color. The new funding builds on Apple's previously announced commitments to expand economic empowerment and support entrepreneurs of color. CNote has deployed an initial round of Apple deposits to mission-driven financial institutions, including ANECA Federal Credit Union in Louisiana; Bank of Cherokee County in Oklahoma; Carver State Bank in Georgia; Education Credit Union in Texas; First Southwest Bank in Colorado; Hope Credit Union, which serves Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee; Kaua'i Federal Credit Union in Hawai'i; Latino Community Credit Union in North Carolina; Legacy Bank in Missouri; Optus Bank in South Carolina; Self-Help Federal Credit Union, with locations in California, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin; and VCC Bank in Virginia.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced seven new members of the agency's Advisory Committee on Community Banking:
- Troy Campbell, President & CEO, Altoona First Savings Bank, Altoona, Pennsylvania
- Robert James II, Executive Vice President, Carver State Bank, Savannah, Georgia
- Trey Maust, Executive Chairman, Lewis & Clark Bank, Oregon City, Oregon
- Dominik Mjartan, President & CEO, Optus Bank, Columbia, South Carolina
- Arlen Osterbuhr, Chairman & CEO, Minden Exchange Bank and Trust Company, Minden, Nebraska
- Shane Pilarski, President & CEO, Alliance Bank, Francesville, Indiana
- Kim Reigelsberger, President, Preferred Bank, Rothville, Missouri
Composed of a cross-section of community bankers from around the country, the FDIC's Advisory Committee shares input on a broad range of community bank policy and regulatory matters. On May 3, 2022, the Advisory Committee will meet to discuss local banking conditions. FDIC senior staff will also provide updates on supervision and policy matters and the FDIC's Small Business Lending Survey.
Anguilla banker Kit McCoy has been elected to the Executive Council of the Mississippi Young Bankers, a section of the Mississippi Bankers Association. McCoy serves as compliance officer and senior mortgage lender for Bank of Anguilla. McCoy started in banking as a part-time teller 22 years ago while she was a college freshman. She earned her BSE from Delta State University, and she is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking at the University of Mississippi and the Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University. McCoy also earned the designation as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager in 2020.
Interested in applying to the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding round for the CDFI Equitable Recovery Program (CDFI ERP)? The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) is tentatively planning to open the fiscal year (FY) 2022 CDFI ERP application round later this spring. Now is a great time for organizations to begin to prepare to apply for a CDFI ERP award. Enacted in December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260) provided $1.75 billion to the CDFI Fund to provide grants to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to respond to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The SBA's Equity Action Plan reaffirms our agency-wide commitment to breaking down longstanding barriers to ensure underserved entrepreneurs can access the capital, networks, resources, and opportunity they need to realize their American dream of business ownership," said Administrator Guzman. "Alongside plans from over 90 other federal agencies, the SBA's Equity Action Plan aims to level the playing field for all small businesses and startups, a priority of the Biden-Harris Administration, and empower them to compete in an increasingly global economy and navigate new opportunities presented by transformational legislation, such as President Biden's Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law)."
NMB Financial Corporation, a bank holding company and parent of New Millennium Bank, announced that a Letter of Intent has been sent to the Board of Directors of Noah Bank, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania related to a cash acquisition of Noah. The Letter of Intent provides for the cash acquisition of all outstanding shares of Noah at 100% of Noah's tangible common equity as of March 31, 2022, less any transaction expenses over $2 million. NMB is on its way to receive $75.1 million investment through the US Department of Treasury’s Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP). NMB is one of 186 community development financial institutions (CDFI) and minority depository institutions (MDI) that are eligible to receive $8.7 billion in capital through the ECIP.
On Monday, Quontic Bank began offering customers an unassuming black band embedded with contactless payment technology that they can use at point-of-sale terminals. Such devices exist in other countries. Visa introduced near field communication-enabled rings for Olympic athletes in 2016; the London-based Kerv emerged in 2017 from a Kickstarter campaign; a bank in Australia rolled out the Halo ring in 2018. Some ring-makers advertise availability in the U.S. But Quontic, a $916 million-asset community development financial institution in New York City, says it is the first financial institution to offer one in this country. Will consumers take to a debit card disguised as jewelry when they can already pay by hovering their cards, smartphones, fitness trackers or smartwatches above a contactless terminal?
Grace Pace, senior vice president of digital banking at Quontic Bank, says banks with rewards checking accounts will often require customers to fulfill specific activities to earn rewards. "With a rewards checking account, the most common activity would be swiping your debit card," explains Pace. "However, some will also encourage behavior, like enrolling in direct deposit or signing up for e-statements." Numerous financial institutions let you earn rewards solely through the rewards checking account. As a result, you won't need to own another bank account or apply for other bank services. First Independence Bank, Industrial Bank, and M&F Bank are also mentioned.
In celebration of National Financial Literacy Month, OneUnited Bank, the nation's largest black-owned bank, is proud to announce its 12th Annual "I Got Bank!" National Financial Literacy Contest where ten children will win a $1,000 savings account. To make financial literacy a core value of the Black community, the Bank is offering a free "I Got Bank" E-Book. Students from across the country between the ages of 8 and 12 are encouraged to read a financial literacy book of their choosing, and either write a 250-word essay or create an art project to show how they would apply what they learned from the book to their daily lives. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by June 30, 2022. The Bank will choose ten winners and award each winner a $1,000 savings account at OneUnited Bank by August 31, 2022.
Arkadelphia's Southern Bancorp Inc. is paying $28 million cash for FCB Financial Services Inc., the holding company of Jonesboro's Premier Bank of Arkansas. The addition of the $227.4 million-asset bank, which operates full-service offices in Craighead and Crittenden counties, will enlarge Southern Bancorp's footprint to 16 Arkansas counties. The deal will also provide the gateway to Jonesboro, Marion and West Memphis for the $2 billion-asset Southern Bancorp Bank. The community development lender will step into those markets where Premier holds deposits of: $155.3 million in West Memphis, an 11.82% share that ranks third among eight banks in the $1.3 billion-deposit market; $130.5 million in Marion, a 36.31% share that is tops among five banks in the $359 million-deposit market; $12.8 million in Jonesboro, a 0.36% share that ranks 18th among 20 banks in the $3.5 billion-deposit market.