community bank michigan news kirk cousinsWashington Redskins Quarterback MSU Football NFL Kirk CousinsWe’re proud to be partnering with pro Quarterback Kirk Cousins and wish him success this season.  Our new commercial starring Kirk is making quite an impression and has even been featured by Sports Illustrated!

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Giving Together Contest WinnerMercantile Bank´s Giving Together Facebook program is a way for us to give back to the communities we serve. Each quarter we give away $5,000 to one Nonprofit organization. To be considered for the program, Nonprofit organizations must complete a Grant Application. Ten organizations will be selected by Mercantile Bank from the submissions each quarter to compete for the public vote on our Facebook page.  The organization that receives the most votes during the week long voting period will receive a $5,000 donation.  Visit http://www.mercantilegivingtogether.com for more info.

Congratulations to our recent recipient of the Giving Together Grant; Roscommon Area District Library! 

 

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We take your security seriously and will soon be offering an easy and new way to help you protect yourself from fraud.  Chip card; also called EMV cards contain an embedded microchip which produces a unique code that cannot be used again; adding an additional layer of fraud protection when making purchases.  Mercantile Bank debit and credit card holders whose current cards expire soon will begin seeing their new cards beginning in October 2015.                    

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Be sure to check us out at the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids during the Bankers vs. Bankers Basketball game, where we’ll put our skills to the test as we play Macatawa Bank in this fun charity event!

Community education participation

 We know that by sharing our financial expertise we can help children, families and businesses achieve their goals.  We have partnered with schools to teach young children the importance of saving money and teenagers the basics of personal finance.  We also work with nonprofit organizations to provide financial education classes to help families learn to make good financial decisions and to work through financial problems.  We also help entrepreneurs and small business owners strengthen their businesses by reviewing business plans and sharing our knowledge.

Do you have questions?

Do you have questions that we can answer or is there a topic you’d like us to cover in an upcoming issue?  Send us an email and let us know!  Email us at: marketing@mercbank.com

 

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August 10, 2015 // Community, Culture

Article Written By: Cordell Zachery | Commercial Loan Operations Intern | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

As an incoming Senior at Grand Valley State University I’ve completed a variety of internships and worked a handful of jobs. As my undergraduate career is coming to an end, planning for post graduate life is now my top priority. Acing classes, making connections, and finding my niche within an organization are my main goals for my final year. This mindset is what steered me to Mercantile Bank.

Towards the end of my Junior year I came in contact with Don Williams a former member of Mercantile’s Board of Directors. With his guidance I interviewed with Mercantile Bank for a summer internship with the Commercial Loan Operations Department and shortly after I was offered the position.

From day one of the internship I knew that it was going to be different from my previous work experiences. The day was dedicated to training all of the interns where we learned about the bank’s values and structure, professional development skills, and went on a tour of the bank’s main branch. We even got to chat with the bank’s president!

The day after training I met the employees from the departments that I’d be working with. Each employee in the department was vibrant and welcoming. My supervisors really made me feel as though my task within the organization helped with the bank’s success. This feeling of actually making an impact as an intern is something that Mercantile Bank strongly values. Not once have I felt like a “cog in the machine”.

A unique part of Mercantile’s internship program is the experience outside of the office. Misti Stanton, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, makes it her duty to make sure that we not only develop connections within the bank but outside as well. In June Misti brought the interns to an event with the ADA called the “Father of The Year Awards” held at JW Marriot. During this event we were able to network with various professionals from Grand Rapids, learned a few pointers on dinner etiquette, and enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal. This is only one of the many professional events we’ve attended. Being around these professionals motivated me to attend numerous networking and skill building events around Grand Rapids and at every event I can say that I’ve made a connection with a new person.

Another facet of Mercantile that I didn’t expect to get from my internship was the openness of employees to be a mentor and a friend.  Whenever being around Don Williams he greets you with a warm smile and then gives you some tips or past experiences that contain a take away for you to use within your life. Also, I’ve been able to learn from departments other than mine as well. As an Advertising & PR major I was very interested in what the Marketing Department’s functions were. Monica Kreiger and Zach Roth both took time out of their day to meet with me. I learned about their strategies, use of social media, commercial making, and more.

As an intern here at Mercantile Bank I can truly say that I’ve had one of the best experiences as an up and coming professional in Grand Rapids. Within Mercantile’s mission statement it states that the organization maintains an “environment of growth and development” and I’ve seen that first hand.  Not only do I learn new things every day about the inner workings of Mercantile but I also improve daily on my professionalism and transferable skills that I can use in any field that I choose to go into. Here at Mercantile you have your best experiences outside of your cubical.

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We recently held the first Mercantile Bank Leadership camp featuring MSU and NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins.  These events were held in both Grand Rapids and Lansing where we were able to offer this amazing experience to local high school students.  Not only were they able to meet and talk with Kirk, but they also interacted with local community leaders, and professionals from all walks of life to share stories and gain leadership skills that will enable their future success.

 Each year Mercantile Bank hires some of the most talented local  students as interns in a variety of capacities and locations throughout the Bank.  We are very excited to have this great group of young  professionals working in area’s such as; Commercial Loans, Human Resources, Mortgage Department, and Accounting. We are pleased to provide these opportunities to all of these bright, ambitious young people and look forward to delivering an educational and meaningful experience for everyone.

 

Have you been dreaming about fun this summer on a new boat?  How about riding the trails on your own ATV? Or maybe it’s time to start looking for a new house?  We’ve got just the thing to make those dreams a reality!  With our dream loan rates you could get that new toy or move into that new house sooner than you think.  Call or stop by your local office today or visit http://www.mercbank.com for details on this limited time offer.

 Simplify your life by saving time, and reducing clutter by signing up for eStatements. They’re free and available on your checking, savings and loan accounts.  You can print and save your statements anytime, and with our enhanced security features, you can avoid having      sensitive financial information sent through standard mail.  They’re also environmentally friendly!  Click here to use our conservation  calculator to find out how much you can help the environment with simple steps like reducing your paper statements.   There are so many reasons to sign up for eStatements, and it’s simple and easy to get started.  Just visit our website for more information.

 

We are pleased to announce that Mercantile debit cards can now be added to Apple Pay!

Apple Pay will change how you pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into the devices you have with you every day. You can use your iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad to pay in a simple, secure, and private way.  With Apple Pay you can use your iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in hundreds of thousands of stores accepting contactless payments. You can also make purchases within participating apps on iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3.

For more information visit: https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/

 

 

Mercantile Bank is pleased to welcome our 2015 Summer Interns!

They are working in various capacities from Human Resources to Branch Support and IT. Interns are working in several locations throughout the Bank and we are very excited to have this great group of young professionals join us this summer!

In addition to offering these students real world experience and the opportunity to explore a potential career path in banking, internships are also a great way to increase professional networks and enhance their resumes. Investing in the next generation is an important part of strengthening the communities we serve.

 

 

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Article Written By: Bob Worthington | SVP, General Counsel & Risk Management Director | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

 

Entrepreneurship has been a trademark of the State of Michigan since its founding back in 1835.  The Fords, the Dows, the Kelloggs, the Meijers are just a few of the men and women who have contributed to our legacy of innovation and development.  But if history has taught us anything, it teaches that each generation must build upon the generation that came before it.

Junior Achievement has taken on the challenge of building the next generation of entrepreneurs and Mercantile Bank is proud to support them.  Junior Achievement’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 1,600 local volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.

Mercantile Bank believes the future is bright for the State of Michigan and it is organizations like Junior Achievement that are making it happen.  If you are interested in becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer sign up at www.juniorachievement.org.  We hope you will join us in building the next generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article Written By:  Monica Kreiger| Marketing Team Leader | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

We are now mid-way through the 2nd year of our Giving Together Facebook Program and we have some exciting updates! This program has been a great way for us to give back to the communities we serve in an engaging way. Each quarter, non-profit organizations are able to submit a short application to be considered to compete for public votes via our Facebook page. At the end of a weeklong voting period, the organization with the most votes receives a $5,000 donation.  Not a bad way to end a week!

Since we started the program in January 2013, there have been over 16,000 votes cast and we have had six $5,000 recipients including 3 Mile Project, Restorers Inc., Arts in Motion, Family Futures, Conductive Learning Center, and our most recent recipient, The Geek Group. Each organization is unique and it has been such a treat visiting these groups and learning about what they do and the impact that they have on others.

Due to our recent expansion, as of July 2014, the program is opening up to include a much larger portion of Michigan. We are excited to be able to open up the program to reach a wider audience and to learn about organizations across the state making a difference in their communities. Applications are now being accepted through July 31 for third quarter. The organizations selected will be announced on our Facebook page on August 29 and voting will start on September 15.

For full details on the program, including application dates, voting periods, a list of Michigan counties included and full program rules, you can visit www.MercantileGivingTogether.com. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article Written By: Michael Price | Chairman and CEO | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

We are pleased to announce the merger of Mercantile Bank Corporation and Firstbank Corporation.  The new organization will be the third largest Michigan-based bank holding company, with 53 branches state-wide and nearly $3 billion in total assets.

We believe this merger will strengthen our competitive position throughout the region, helping us to better serve our customers by enhancing the customer experience and expanding the breadth of our product portfolio.  Both banking organizations share similar corporate cultures which emphasize providing excellent customer service and building strong client relationships.

Our expanded footprint means more convenience for our customers, as these complementary businesses have essentially no market overlap.  No branch closures are anticipated as part of this merger and we expect that our branch employees will remain intact.

Both banking organizations have solid, knowledgeable management teams that are fully committed to the combined new company.  We anticipate receiving all shareholder and regulatory approvals for this merger this fall, and completing the merger process by the end of this year.

From an executive management perspective, Tom Sullivan, the current President and CEO of Firstbank, will serve as Chairman of the combined organization for one year.  I will serve as President and CEO.  I enjoyed working with Tom to bring this merger together, and I am happy to continue to work with him as we finalize the merger process.

Additionally, we are taking measures, including the creation of merger integration teams, to ensure that all our customers have a very positive experience throughout the transition.  We will continue to disseminate information about the merger in the days and weeks ahead.  I want to reiterate that we believe that this merger-of-equals is a terrific opportunity to provide our customers with unmatched resources and services built on a tradition of excellence.

 

 

 

 

Article Written By:  Andrea Whitney| Senior Accounting Specialist| Mercantile Bank of Michigan

A century ago, a small group of physicians and lay people in New York City came together to launch a fight against cancer — a disease that, at the time, almost always ended in death. That grass roots effort eventually became the American Cancer Society, which officially marks its 100th birthday this year. Thanks to the many efforts of those people and countless others since 1913, there have been tremendous advances in research, advocacy, education and support.

Despite these accomplishments, there is much more work to be done before we have a world without cancer. Enter the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life- their signature and largest fundraiser. It is an organized, overnight community walk where teams of people camp out around a track. Members of each team take turns walking around to signify a unified effort. It’s an opportunity to Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, Remember those lost and Fight Back against a disease that has taken too much!

In 2002, a group of Mercantile Bank employees decided to coordinate a team to be involved in the Ada Michigan event. My beloved Grandma LaVonne had recently been diagnosed with cancer after just 2 months prior a mammogram came up negative. I was angry and so jumped at the opportunity to be involved. I have been participating in these events around various communities ever since. I have even chaired an event for 5 years and have learned so much from other volunteers and their amazing stories. Relay for Life has given me the opportunity to turn my anger and sadness into positive energy and help others to fight back!

The Mercantile Bank team has had amazingly strong support from Executive management and employees every year since the first event in 2002. We have had teams at the Wyoming, Holland, Sparta, and East Lansing events-raising over $400,000 over the past 11 years! This year the committee has decided to start a team at the Downtown Grand Rapids event, taking place at Ah-Nab-Awan Park on June 14 @1pm – June 15@1pm. We have already raised over $22,000 and expect that to grow within the next week!

As employees of Mercantile Bank, we will continue to raise money in an effort to eradicate cancer! We urge others to get involved in any way they can and make a world with more birthdays!

Article Written By:  Monica Kreiger| Marketing Team Leader | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Sustainability. We’ve all heard this buzz word but what does it really mean to businesses in West Michigan? That was the topic at Mercantile’s recent luncheon on a beautiful spring afternoon at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Special guest speaker Norman Christopher, Executive Director of Sustainability at Grand Valley State University and author of Sustainability Demystified spoke on the topic and led a panel discussion of local government and business leaders including  Mayor George Heartwell, Kurt Hassberger of Rockford Construction and Kerri Miller of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.

Sustainability best practices such as assessment and planning, clean technologies, Green/LEED building and waste minimization were some of the ideas presented as ways for businesses to gain a competitive advantage and improve financial performance in today’s changing markets. Sustainability plays an important role in the growth of business in West Michigan and Grand Rapids has embraced it. Grand Rapids has been recognized by the United Nations as a “Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development” and in 2010 the US Chamber of Commerce gave our city the “Nation’s Most Sustainable City” award.

Thank you to Mr. Christopher and our distinguished panel for an afternoon of engaging and thought provoking conversation.

Best & Brightest

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April 19, 2013 // Community, Culture

Article Written By: Lonna Wiersma | SVP Human Resource Director | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

For the ninth year in a row, Mercantile Bank of Michigan has been selected as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, an award that we are very proud of achieving.

To be nominated, companies must recognize employees as their greatest asset and work with imagination and assurance to create exceptional work environments.  After both a lengthy questionnaire and employee surveys, the competition identifies and then honors organizations throughout West Michigan that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment.  The questionnaire and survey focus on areas such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, recognition, retention and more. For nine years in a row, we have been both nominated and consequently, selected as a winner of this prestigious award.

For Mercantile Bank of Michigan, this award continues to

·       Confirm to our directors, employees, customers, vendors, and the business community that Mercantile Bank of Michigan is committed to excellence;

·       Give us an opportunity to create awareness and generate visibility to attract the Best & Brightest employees and customers; and

·       Provide access to information on current trends and issues affecting the growth and success of West Michigan’s business community

On May 2nd, at a Gala event, in front of industry leaders, influencers and peers, we will be awarded a plaque along with 100 other Best and Brightest companies in the West Michigan region.  We are thrilled to be a part of this elite group!

Thank you to all our directors and employees for making Mercantile Bank the BEST that it can be!

Congratulations to all the Winners!