Our Mission and History

Our Mission & History

Our Mission:

ICBM exists to provide ICBM members and Minnesota community banks with the resources and representation they need to pursue growth and serve their local economies as independent banks.

In other words, we help community banks to do what they do best.

Our History: A Story of Excellence that Continues Today 

Organized in 1962 as Independent Bankers of Minnesota, the current Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM) was created to represent the unique interests of “independent unit banks” in Minnesota. In 1992, the word “community” was added to emphasize the focus on the important role that community banks play in their local economies to support families, schools and businesses.

Every educational opportunity, networking event and legislative advocacy effort conducted through ICBM is created for community bankers by community bankers. ICBM provides a source of information and a powerful voice in government by uniting the influence of all community bankers under a single entity. When ICBM works to represent your bank, you’re being represented by a fellow community banker.

Since the beginning, ICBM has been an association comprised of independent, community-focused banks. It provides proactive leadership for members through a variety of programs, products, services and efforts to preserve a competitive environment, with all activities coordinated solely with the distinct perspective of community banking.