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Army of Lobbyists Helped Water Down Banking Regulations

It seemed like a good idea at the time: Red-state Democrats facing grim reelection prospects would join forces with Republicans to slash bank regulations — demonstrating a willingness to work with President Donald Trump while bucking many in their party. read more >
Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center Seeks New Leader After Wayne Miller Departs

Miller had led the nonprofit since 2018. Chief Strategy Officer Mimi San Pedro has been named interim director. read more >
Banking & Finance / Nonprofits / Small Business

Independent Community Bankers of America, Venture Center Name 2022 Accelerator Companies

The program will kick off with a Jan. 11 event. read more >
Banking & Finance / Small Business

ICBA, Venture Center to Kick Off Accelerator 0n Jan. 6

The Independent Community Bankers of America and the Venture Center, in partnership with the state, will kick-off the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021 at noon on Jan. 6 with a virtual unveiling of the 10 companies selected to participate in it. read more >
Banking & Finance / Nonprofits / Small Business

ICBA to Sponsor Accelerator in Little Rock Through 2024

The Independent Community Bankers of America announces that it will sponsor for another three years its ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program. read more >
Keith Henkel, CEO and founder of FI Works of Little Rock.
Banking & Finance / Investments / Media & Marketing / Small Business

FI Works Hopes to Leverage Its Participation in Accelerator

Software provider FI Works of Little Rock is gaining access to prospective customers and feedback from its participation in the second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator now underway. read more >
Founders of the companies selected to participate in the second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program.
 
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments

Venture Center Names 10 Firms in New Fintech Accelerator

The Independent Community Bankers of America and the Venture Center announce the 10 companies selected for the second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program. read more >
Joe Ehrhardt
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Teslar Software by 3E Touts ICBA Investment

Financial technology company Teslar Software by 3E of Springdale announced Tuesday that the Independent Community Bankers of America has invested in it, bringing the company’s total seed capital raised to $2 million. read more >
Chris Johnson, Little Rock market president for First Financial Bank, says community banks benefitted from the ICBA Think Tech Accelerator. They got a look at new tools and could form partnerships with the startups that completed the program, and those partnerships could help them better compete.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Investments / Nonprofits

Community Bankers Tap Accelerator for New TechLock Icon

Community banks lack the financial and human capital of their larger counterparts to invest in research and development, but they need new technologies all the same. Partnerships with financial technology startups are a practical way to address this need, four of the state’s community bankers told Arkansas Business. read more >
Graduates of the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator mark the end of the program during a demo day at Winrock International's Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. 
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Nonprofits / Small Business

Venture Center, ICBA Mark End of First ThinkTECH Accelerator

An audience of prospective investors and bankers gather in North Little Rock to mark the end of the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America and hosted by the nonprofit Venture Center of Little Rock. read more >
Joe Ehrhardt
Banking & Finance / Investments / Small Business

Arkansas’ 3E Software Picked for Accelerator

3E Software Inc. of Springdale is one of 10 companies, and the only one from Arkansas, chosen to participate in the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator. read more >
Representatives of the 10 startups selected for the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator pose for a photo with community leaders following a kickoff event held Wednesday in the Venture Center's office at the Littte Rock Technology Park.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Government & Politics / Investments / Nonprofits / Small Business

10 Startups Chosen For Inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator

Ten startups have been selected to participate in the previously announced inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, sponsored by Independent Community Bankers of America and hosted by the Venture Center of Little Rock. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments

Community Bankers Group, Venture Center Launch New Accelerator

The Independent Community Bankers of America is partnering with The Venture Center in Little Rock to launch the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator, a community bank-focused fintech accelerator program. read more >
Banking & Finance

Independent Community Bankers of America Rank Top Arkansas Performers

Four of the leading banks in Arkansas were recognized this spring as top-performing lenders. The measuring stick used by the Independent Community Bankers of America: three-year average return on assets. read more >
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Update: Heartland, Onebanc End 1Q in the Red

Two Little Rock lenders continue to battle through losses in search of a return to sustained profitability: Heartland Bank and One Bank & Trust. read more >
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Thanks A Million, Wells Fargo (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

It is undeniably the smaller banks — the ones that don’t have 1.5 million real customers, much less that many phony accounts — who have paid and are paying and will continue to pay the most for the bad acts of the banks that are too big to fail. read more >
GoBank's website.
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Community Bankers Group Responds to Wal-Mart’s GoBank Checking Accounts

We've reported how banks have cast a wary eye at Wal-Mart's ever-expanding foray into financial services. The retailer unveiled its latest move yesterday: a mobile checking account produced in partnership with Green Dot called GoBank. read more >