Why Compete in the Case Study Competition?
Community banks are vital to the American economy – in fact, smaller and less complex banks are responsible for approximately 45% of small business loans in the United States, and upwards of three-fourths of agriculture lending. Community banks have a unique business model that bolsters economic growth in local economies, and has proven to be resilient through financial crises.
Through study of a local community bank, students will engage in an experiential learning opportunity that will allow them to network with local banks, CSBS staff, and academics. Students will have an incredible opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand knowledge of the banking industry, and, if selected as winner, will be able to present their work in front of federal and state regulators, academics, and industry stakeholders at the Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference.