Helping fill the needs of people in our local communities is one of the most important things we do. Nikki Biermann, Branch Manager at our West Branch M76 office spearheaded a volunteer event for the Mobile Food Pantry – Food Bank of Eastern Michigan at the First United Methodist Church in West Branch. Volunteers from the Bank along with local Boy Scouts and people from the congregation helped to unload the semi, sort the food, and then distribute it to over 260 individuals. Nikki uncovered the need through her involvement with Boy Scouts and put together a group of volunteers to help. Thank you Nikki, Alan, Shantel, Karen, Bennie, Steve, Alta, Kayla and Debbie for your commitment to the community of West Branch!
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: Zach Roth | Creative Media Specialist | Mercantile Bank of Michigan
In order to provide our customers with information about the merger of Mercantile Bank Corporation and Firstbank Corporation, we’ve launched a website specific to communicating merger details. The micro-site will serve as the primary resource for all merger updates and information. Customers will be able to take note of key dates, learn about new features that will become available to them, and find answers to any questions that they may have. Additionally, videos are available of Mike Price (Mercantile Bank Chairman and CEO) and Tom Sullivan (Firstbank President and CEO) discussing how the merger came about and how it will benefit customers of Mercantile, Firstbank and Keystone.
Click HERE to visit the merger website.
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.