Merrillville, Indiana – The Regional Development Company (RDC) recently held its annual awards ceremony and has named Centier Bank as “Bank of the Year” in 2016 for its efforts in community business lending.  Centier referred 10 loans totaling $7.363 million in debenture dollars.  Additionally, Bill Winterhaler was named “Most Active Lender of the Year” and Tom Wilk was honored as “Outgoing Chair.”

The Regional Development Company is a certified development company that specializes in the 504 SBA Loan program, primarily in Northwest Indiana.  Locally, the Regional Development Company administers the SBA 504 loan program and works with banks to identify potential SBA 504 borrowers.

As the area’s leading bank in commercial real estate lending, Centier offers the 504 SBA Loan program as an instrument to help local communities grow and develop economically.  The program provides small companies with long-term fixed-rate financing for expansion, modernization, and for land and large equipment purchases.

In October, the Small Business Administration honored Centier Bank as the #1 Bank for third-party SBA originations in the state of Indiana, and among the top 10 for SBA 7(a) originations.

“Our success wouldn’t have been possible if not for the teamwork and dedication to the SBA program from our lenders, administrative assistants, central data processing, and loan operations associates,” stated Jonathan Hildebrand, Vice President and Small Business Department Manager.  “Our teams work together to finance small business in our communities and that’s what makes Centier Bank and RDC projects so successful.”

For more information about Centier’s business banking services, or to contact a community business banker, visit Centier’s website at www.centier.com.

About Centier Bank

Currently, Centier Bank services 54 retail banking locations in more than 30 Indiana communities. With more than $3.8 billion in assets, Centier Bank has maintained a long-standing tradition of being owned and operated by the Schrage family.

Bill WinterhalerBill Winterhaler, VP and Business Banker from Centier’s Highland office was named “Most Active Lender of the Year.”

Tom Wilk
Tom Wilk, Senior Vice President of Business Banking, was honored as “Outgoing Chair.”

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MERRILLVILLE, IN – Michael E. Schrage, Chairman and CEO of Centier Bank, announced today the introduction of a new account designed for the benefit of active military personnel and military veterans.  The Centier Veterans Checking account was named in honor of those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation.

Schrage stated that the new checking product was designed in appreciation for military service members with banking amenities and options that are considerate of a military lifestyle.

The Veterans Checking account offers worldwide access with mobile and online banking, and access to over 53,000 Fee Free ATMs in the Allpoint® network.  The account features a premier interest rate, requires a minimum $25 deposit to open, no monthly service charge (when adding direct deposit, e-statements, or $100 minimum balance; otherwise a $2 monthly fee), reduced overdraft fees, free phone transfer requests, and a 25% Safe Deposit box rental discount.  Adding to the many amenities of this exclusive account is a $50 donation made to the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces for every new Veterans Checking account opened now until December 31, 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with Centier Bank,” said Duchess Adjei, Regional Communication Director for the American Red Cross. “Thanks to the generosity of funds that Centier Bank donates through its new Veterans Checking program, the Red Cross will continue to provide 24/7 global emergency communication services, along with military and veteran health care facilities across the country and around the world. As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need and improving their lives, which are common values between both Centier Bank and the American Red Cross.”

“As a 30-year military veteran, it is my pleasure to support this initiative in appreciation of my fellow veterans and active servicemen,” stated Darrell Jaggers, Senior Partner and Army Veteran.  “Centier employs many guardsmen, reservists, and veterans among our associates and our extended family and we have made a corporate vow to continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.”

About Centier Bank

Founded in 1895 in Whiting, Indiana, Centier Bank is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family for generations to come.  The Bank has been named “Best Bank for Business” for the past 14 years by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and was listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” list for the past 10 years.

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Merrillville – All educators, in areas where Centier has a presence, are invited to attend the FREE 11th annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators scheduled to be held at Centier’s Corporate Centre on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited to 100 attendees.

Teachers will receive financial literacy materials that can be implemented directly in their classrooms and have been correlated to state standards.  This year the Secretary of State’s office will present materials on investing!  The first ten schools to register will receive a $50 check at the conclusion of the fair to help subsidize the cost of their substitute.  All eligible educators will also receive free professional growth points for attending the entire day.

Educators from community organizations will also find the materials interesting, easy to follow and very valuable for their clients.  All will leave with free financial wellness materials that can be taught to their students or clients.

Each presentation will conclude with a question and answer segment, and the day will also offer opportunities for one on one discussions.

Please register at www.centier.com/register.  For more information, please contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer at dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 ext. 1832.

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GRANGER, IN – Michael E. Schrage, Chairman and CEO of Centier Bank, and Steve Watts, Community Bank President, welcomed community leaders for a commemorative groundbreaking ceremony for Centier’s new retail branch, located in Granger.  The new location, just north of Gumwood and Cleveland Roads, will be one of three locations now serving the Greater Michiana region.

Mishawaka City Controller, Becky Miller, and St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Jeff Rea, joined Centier bankers on Thursday, September 22, 2016, to formally welcome Centier Bank to the Granger community.

Centier opened its first Mishawaka location, a commercial loan production office, in 2006.  Since then, the community bank has grown its team to more than double and expanded community services to include mortgages and personal banking.  In September 2014, Centier opened a full-service community banking center on E. Day Road.  Just a month later, Centier opened an Elkhart branch.

The 1,200 square foot retail branch will host personal banking services, drive-thru amenities, and an EZ Deposit ATM (which accepts check and cash deposits 24/7). Centier Bank is a $3.4 billion bank, and is proud to preserve a unique legacy as Indiana’s largest, private, family-owned bank.  With 54 offices across the state, Centier Bank promises to preserve community banking for generations to come.

Founded in 1895 in Whiting, Indiana, Centier Bank is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family for generations to come.  The Bank has been named “Best Bank for Business” for the past 14 years by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and was listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” list for the past 10 years.

 

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WHO:

Photographers and reporters are invited to attend a regional business event featuring Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson.  The presentation will provide Indiana business owners, CPAs, and their legal counsel, with valuable information regarding a new online resource for registering and managing businesses.

WHAT:

Lawson will speak about INBiz, the state of Indiana’s one-stop resource for registering and managing business, and ensuring existing businesses are compliant with state laws and regulations.  It is a best-in-class portal that provides a streamlined and expedited process for business needs.  INBiz utilizes state-of-the-art security features so businesses can feel safe about inputting business information into the system.  Additionally, services from the Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development have been added.  This means that businesses can handle many state and local reporting requirements with INBiz, such as employer reporting, wage reporting, unemployment claims and premiums, and tax registration.

This free event is hosted by Centier Bank and connects business owners with tools and resources that make owning a business easier.  Interview opportunities with Connie Lawson, Secretary of State, will be available. 

 

WHEN:           Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. CST

WHERE:         Centier Bank; 600 E. 84th Avenue; Merrillville, IN 46410

 

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONTACT:

Angela Mendez

Centier Public Relations Manager

219-755-6140 ext. 1833

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Merrillville, IN – Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, will speak about INBiz, a one-stop business portal, at Centier Bank’s Corporate Centre, 600 E. 84th Avenue, on September 29, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.  CST.

INBiz is the state of Indiana’s one-stop resource for registering and managing your business, and ensuring existing businesses are compliant with state laws and regulations.  It is a best-in-class portal that provides a streamlined and expedited process for your business needs.  INBiz utilizes state-of-the-art security features so businesses can feel safe about inputting business information into the system.  Additionally, services from the Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development have been added.  This means that businesses can handle many state and local reporting requirements with INBiz, such as employer reporting, wage reporting, unemployment claims and premiums, and tax registration.  The INBiz call center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST to answer questions.  Their phone number is 317-234-9768.  Registration is available on the www.inbiz.in.gov site.

INBiz’s ultimate objective is to be a single point of contact for businesses to meet their requirements with the state.  The portal will continue to add functionality to make it easier to do business with the state of Indiana.  “We are pleased to host Secretary of State Connie Lawson as she shares with local business leaders the State’s new INBiz technology.  As a leading bank of choice for businesses throughout the State of Indiana, we have a vested interest in services that help our business partners grow,”  said Mike Schrage, Chairman and CEO of Centier Bank.  “With the ability to manage legal and regulatory processes in one easy place online, Indiana business owners will have more time to focus on the day-to-day operation and growth of their businesses – an outcome we are happy to support for our clients.”

Secretary Lawson remarked, “New businesses are one of the driving forces behind Indiana’s economy, and it is our mission to do everything we can to support them by making it easier to do business with the state, as well as for existing businesses by allowing them to use one username and password.”

To register for the very informational presentation, please visit www.centier.com/events.  For additional information or questions please contact Diane Durst at 219-756-4590 x 1015.

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All educators, in areas where Centier has a presence, are invited to attend the FREE 11th annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators scheduled to be held at Centier’s Corporate Centre on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Space is limited to 100 attendees.

Teachers will receive financial literacy materials that can be implemented directly in their classrooms and have been correlated to state standards.  The first ten schools to register will receive a $50 check at the conclusion of the fair to help subsidize the cost of their substitute.  All eligible educators will also receive free professional growth points for attending the entire day.

Educators from community organizations will also find the materials interesting, easy to follow and very valuable for their clients.  All will leave with free financial wellness materials that can be taught to their students or clients.

Each presentation will conclude with a question and answer segment, and the day will also offer opportunities for one on one discussions.

Please register at www.centier.com/register.  For more information, please contact Dian Reyome, Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Officer at dreyome@centier.com or 219-755-6140 ext. 1832.

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Travel with Confidence

July 28, 2016

Regardless of when you choose to travel, it is important you understand some of the fees you may have to pay if you travel by plane or car. It is better to be prepared, so you can travel with confidence. Check out some of our tips to cut back on unnecessary fees when traveling:

  • If traveling by plane, be sure you travel as light as you can. Some airlines will charge you up to $25 for one extra bag and up to $50 for the second – and so on. Also, if your bag is over 50 pounds, you may be charged an additional fee as well.
  • Certain airlines will charge extra for seats with extra leg room, like emergency rows.
  • “Priority” boarding comes with a fee in certain instances. Try and pack everything into one carry on that you can store under the seat in front of you so you don’t have to worry about fighting for space in the overhead compartments.
  • When traveling by car, use an app such as “Gas Buddy,” to find the best price of gas in the area where you are traveling. You can save hundreds of dollars on an extended trip by saving a little bit of money here and there on gas.
  • Consider pre-booking your hotel rooms when you are traveling or use rewards points for discounted and/or free rooms.
  • If you are traveling to a foreign country, make sure you understand the fee structure for ATM and debit card use. In most instances, using your debit card is preferred (even above using your credit card) and will keep your costs down. Also, be sure you let your financial institution know you are traveling out of the country so holds will not be placed on your transactions and unnecessary fees will be avoided.

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Centier announces membership in Allpoint, America’s largest surcharge-free ATM network

Merrillville, IN, July 22, 2016 – Centier has joined Allpoint Network, which means Centier clients now have access to America’s largest surcharge-free ATM network, with some 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs worldwide.

In addition to Centier’s branch locations and ATMs, with Allpoint Network, Centier clients will never be far away from surcharge-free ATM access to their cash, especially in the United States where Allpoint offers 43,000 cash machines in places they’re already visiting as part of their daily routine. Conveniently located in destination retail outlets including major discount retailers, convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores, Allpoint Network ATMs saves Centier clients time as well as ATM fees.

 “By becoming an Allpoint Network member financial institution, in an instant Centier grows its surcharge-free ATM footprint to more than double that of even America’s largest bank,” said Bob Buhle, Senior Partner. “People want a financial services provider that delivers the most convenient account access and management options, and that includes cash access. With Allpoint Network surcharge-free ATMs, Centier can meet our clients’ cash access needs in a way that works best for them — in the conveniently located stores that are already part of their lives.”

How to find the Allpoint Network
Centier clients looking for the nearest surcharge-free Allpoint ATM—including 12,000 locations in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Australia—can do so with their smartphone using the free Allpoint Network ATM locator app. And once at the store hosting an Allpoint ATM, look for the green Allpoint logo.

Allpoint

Allpoint Network resources:

About Allpoint

Allpoint Network is the largest surcharge-free ATM network with more than 55,000 ATMs in leading national and regional merchant locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Australia.  Allpoint provides greater access, convenience and savings to customers of financial institutions while providing institutions the tools to compete more effectively for customers. For more information or to find the nearest Allpoint surcharge-free ATM, please visit www.AllpointNetwork.com, like us on Facebook and follow @Allpoint on Twitter. Allpoint Network is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cardtronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATM).

About Centier Bank

Founded in 1895, Centier Bank is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family for generations to come.  Centier has been honored as the “Best Bank for Business” by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and has been listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” list for the past ten years.

Centier Bank has built lasting partnerships with families and businesses in Indiana for more than 121 years.  With assets of $3.2 million and strong growth, Centier operates in ten counties across the state, with 53 locations throughout Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana.  For more information on Centier products and services, visit centier.com.

Contact Information:

Centier Bank
Angela Mendez
Public Relations Manager
219-755-6140 ext. 1833
amendez@centier.com

Allpoint Network
Nick Pappathopoulos
Director – Public Relations
832-308-4396
npappathopoulos@cardtronics.com

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Westfield, IN – Michael E. Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank, is pleased to announce the grand opening of Centier Bank’s latest full-service retail branch located in Westfield at 3002 E. State Road 32.  The branch will host a formal ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 29th.

The nearly 2,000 square foot Centier branch features convenient drive-thru banking services, a drive-up EZ Deposit ATM (which accepts check and cash deposits 24/7), night depository services, three teller stations, and a self-service coin machine.  The Westfield branch offers convenient banking Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Julie Harrison is the branch manager and Travis Cearlock is the assistant manager.  Holladay Construction remodeled the location, which was previously First Merchant’s Bank.

Centier Bank entered the Greater Indianapolis region in 2011 with a commercial loan production office in Carmel.  Since then, Centier has expanded full service banking in the Central Indiana region, with banking centers in Carmel, Downtown Indianapolis, Westfield, and two Zionsville locations opening later this summer.

Centier has 52 banking locations (and growing) across 10 counties across the state.  Founded in 1895 in Whiting, Indiana, Centier Bank is the largest privately-owned independent bank in Indiana and remains committed to being owned and operated by the Schrage family for generations to come.  The Bank has been named “Best Bank for Business” for the past 14 years by the Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly publication and was listed on the Indiana Chamber’s “Best Places to Work” top ten list for the past 10 years.

Schrage is commemorating the ribbon cutting with a small reception with a community donation to benefit Student Impact of Westfield, which provides programs designed to build character, develop healthy relationships, and equip students to become effective leaders.  Mayor Andy Cook and Jack Russell, president of the Westfield Chamber, will also be in attendance.

About Centier Bank

Centier Bank has 52 retail banking locations throughout Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph, and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana.  For more information on Centier products and services, visit centier.com.

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