By Scott Perkins, FCNB President & CEO
Planning to spread some cheer? Focus on community during the holidays and purchase a one-of-a-kind creation from your local small businesses. By doing so, you’ll be giving a gift that keeps on giving—local economic prosperity.
Did you know that for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $48 out of every $100 is returned to the local economy compared to just $14 when you shop at a national chain? Or that the country’s 32.5 million small businesses create 62% of net new U.S. jobs annually? So, when you shop locally, you’re not only putting your hard-earned dollars to work in your community; you’re supporting the engines that fuel our national economy.
Independent, community-serving businesses typically consume less land, carry more locally made products, and create less traffic and air pollution, so it’s good for the environment too.
And locally sourced goods and services like those found in Missouri are often crafted by local artisans and are exclusive to our region, making for memorable gift-giving during the holidays and beyond.
If you prefer your gifts without a shiny bow, gift an “experience” to an outside concert, pick up a meal from the local family-run restaurant, or host an intimate party with a few friends and family. These memory makers are a great way to stay connected as we adjust to the new normal and continue to support small businesses and help sustain the local economy.
Post a picture or video of your favorite locally sourced product and share it on social media as inspiration for others.
Better yet, continue the movement beyond the holidays. Show support for entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the year by shopping locally and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same. To learn more about how FCNB Bank supports local small businesses and the community, follow us on our social media channels.
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FCNB Bank headquartered in Steelville, Missouri recently converted to a state-chartered bank through the Missouri Division of Finance. Celebrating the milestone is the FCNB Board of Directors, from L to R: Randy Bono, Herbert J. Baumann, John W. Perkins, Rosella Roberts, John Hewkin, Paul E. Perkins, Scott Perkins, Julie Settles, James D. Cottrell, Anita Agers-Brooks and Scott Gahr.
The Missouri Division of Finance welcomed First Community National Bank as a State-charted bank effective November 10, 2021. With the conversion from a national charter to a state charter, the name of the bank has officially changed to FCNB Bank with headquarters in Steelville, Missouri.
“As a community bank, FCNB Bank is a family-owned, locally operated, independent organization that strives to provide banking as it should through customer relationships,” commented FCNB Bank’s President & CEO Scott Perkins. “With our conversion to a state-chartered bank, we will substantially benefit from ensured safety and soundness, reduced regulatory costs and the advocacy to provide local lending decisions. It’s an exceptional move for our bank and our customers.”
With regulatory authority now provided by The Missouri Division of Finance, FCNB Bank will partner with experienced examiners that are knowledgeable of local economic conditions and provide a common-sense approach to community banking. As a longstanding member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, deposits will continue to be insured up to $250,000 per customer.
Originally established as the Bank of Leasburg on March 16, 1906, FCNB Bank has been family-owned and operated by the Perkins family of Steelville since 1961. Under the current leadership of Chairman of the Board Paul E. Perkins, President & CEO Scott Perkins and FCNB Insurance and Investments President Julie Perkins Settles, FCNB Bank remains a strong and progressive independent community bank with $159 million in assets serving the communities of Steelville, Cuba, Sullivan, Rolla and Eureka with six branch and ATM locations.