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11/01/2010 ICBA Offers Tips for a More Safe and Secure Internet Shopping Experience
10/08/2010 Community Bank & Trust of Florida to Co-Host Shred Event
09/22/2010 Community Bank & Trust of Florida Opens Eighth Full Service Banking Office
09/01/2010 ICBA Offers Tips For Financial Preparedness in a Natural Disaster
08/20/2010 CBTFL Continues to Grow and Remain Profitable
06/08/2010 CBTFL Announces Gainesville Office
05/26/2010 Community Bank & Trust of Florida Supports March of Dimes Walk
04/30/2010 Community Bank & Trust of Florida Presents Donation to School Board for $12,500
04/26/2010 Check Fraud - Your business could be at risk!
04/20/2010 Jim Anthony to Serve on GreenPaths Local Advisory Board
03/26/2010 Erin Buss Promoted to Vice President
03/26/2010 April Southall Promoted to Vice President
03/18/2010 Community Bank & Trust of Florida announces promotions
03/01/2010 Community Bank & Trust of Florida Executive Appointed to Board of Marion County Senior Services
02/01/2010 CBTFL Proudly Supports United Way of Marion Countys VITA Program
01/28/2010 CBTFL Executive appointed to Habitat for Humanity Board
01/22/2010 Yvonne Whitler and Bonny Duggan promoted
01/10/2010 Community Bank & Trust Continues to be Profitable



ICBA Offers Tips for a More Safe and Secure Internet Shopping Experience
   11/01/2010
ICBA Offers Tips for a More Safe and Secure Internet Shopping Experience

Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2010) - More than half of consumers are expected to do their holiday shopping over the Internet this year. The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today issued tips to help consumers stay safe and secure when ordering online.

"A few simple precautions can make a big difference," said Jim MacPhee, ICBA chairman and CEO of Kalamazoo County State Bank, Kalamazoo, Mich. "Community banks are committed to making sure that our customers have the information they need to shop safely and securely anywhere, anytime. It’s even more important at this time of year to remind people of the steps they can take to protect their personal information when shopping online and to lessen the likelihood of fraud."
  • Make sure your computer and browser are secure. Set your firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software to automatically update and scan your PC. Check to ensure the firewall protection is turned on and is at the highest setting.
  • Don’t create passwords that include easily accessed personal information, such as mother’s maiden name or date of birth. Instead, use something unique that only you know and include uppercase and non-alphanumeric characters.
  • Don't give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you know who you’re dealing with and preferably only if you’ve initiated the contact. Never give out Social Security or driver’s license numbers or date of birth, particularly over the phone in public places. If you must share personal information, confirm that you are dealing with a legitimate organization.
  • If you receive an e-mail asking for personal information, do not hit the reply button or click on any link in the e-mail. Instead, go directly to the sender’s website by typing in its web address.
  • Look for secure sites with an "s" in the URL (https://) and a closed-padlock icon on the webpage.
  • Always double-check the URL to be sure you are shopping with the company you intended to shop with. A simple typo can help identity thieves.
  • Know who you are dealing with. If you’re using a company’s site for the first time, consider checking it out with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) or use a search engine with the name of the company and "fraud" to determine if other consumers have posted negative reviews.
  • Never respond to an offer by way of a spam or bulk e-mail. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Avoid providing unnecessary information, such as annual income, spending habits, hobbies and lifestyle data.
  • Shop with U.S.-based companies. Domestic state and federal consumer-protection laws apply. You’ll be protected and have recourse should something go awry.
  • Register your credit and debit cards at www.verifiedbyvisa.com or www.mastercardsecurecode.com for a more secure online shopping experience. Some banks offer virtual credit card account numbers that are generated each time you make a purchase, and some e-mail providers let you create several aliases to protect your personal e-mail address.
  • Above all, monitor your online card or bank account statements for unauthorized activity and report this immediately to the bank. Credit cards and Visa and MasterCard branded debit cards offer consumer protections in the event of fraud. Keep records of all your purchases in case there’s a problem.

"The Internet offers incredible convenience, and while most businesses online are legitimate, we urge our customers to monitor their reports and report any suspicious activity," MacPhee said. "Customers are reimbursed by their bank for fraud, but only if the customer reports it."
For more information, visit www.icba.org.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for community banks, represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers we serve. For more information, visit www.icba.org.




Community Bank & Trust of Florida to Co-Host Shred Event
   10/08/2010
October 8, 2010

Community Bank & Trust of Florida to Co-Host Shred Event


Community Bank & Trust of Florida in partnership with GreenPath Debt Solutions is proud to host the Shred Event as part of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling's Protect Your Identity Week. The event will be taking place on Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00 – 2:00 at Community Bank & Trust of Florida's Main Office, located at 1603 S.W. 19th Ave (across from Target).

This free event is open to the public and will give members of the community the opportunity to properly destroy sensitive documents that are no longer needed. Shred trucks will be at the bank and volunteers will help remove the documentation from the cars and transport it to the shred trucks for disposal. Come take the opportunity to protect yourself against identity theft.



Community Bank & Trust of Florida Opens Eighth Full Service Banking Office
   09/22/2010

September 22, 2010

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Opens Eighth Full Service Banking Office

Hugh F. Dailey, President of Community Bank & Trust of Florida, recently announced that the bank opened its eighth full service banking office. The office is located at 6120 N.W. 1st Place adjacent to the Oaks Mall, just south of Newberry Road.

The office management team is led by John Roberts and Racheal Hatch, both experienced bankers in the Gainesville and Alachua County market. John Roberts has been named Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer and has over seven years of experience in credit administration, business lending, and commercial cash management. John's client base has included retail, corporate, and institutional market clients. John is a graduate of the University of Florida. Racheal Hatch has been named Assistant Vice President and Banking Office Manager and has over ten years of banking experience in commercial cash management, private banking services, and bank management. Racheal is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998 and has over $555 million in assets, 108 employees, and is one of the largest locally owned banks in north central Florida. With the opening of the new Gainesville location the bank now has eight full service banking offices. The offices are located in Marion, Sumter and Alachua counties. The bank offers personal and commercial banking products along with a full service wealth management division that offers trust administration, fiduciary services, estate planning, brokerage, and investment services.




ICBA Offers Tips For Financial Preparedness in a Natural Disaster
   09/01/2010
ICBA Offers Tips For Financial Preparedness in a Natural Disaster


Washington, D.C. (September 1, 2010)—September is National Preparedness Month, and with the onset of Atlantic hurricane season, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has some tips to help individuals put their financial documents in order to prepare for a hurricane or other natural disaster.

"While the first priority is the physical safety and well-being of you and your family, knowing that your banking and financial papers are safe gives you one less thing to worry about during times of duress," said Jim MacPhee, ICBA chairman and CEO of Kalamazoo County State Bank in Kalamazoo, Mich. "Storms like Hurricane Earl are reminders that everyone needs to prepare ahead of time for a possible natural disaster. Having a financial preparedness plan will protect you and your family from the long-term effects hurricane or flood damage may cause to your financial documents."

ICBA offers the following tips to help consumers prepare before an emergency occurs.
  • Keep marriage and family records, including adoption papers, property deeds, birth certificates, wills, insurance policies, passports, Social Security cards, immunization records, credit card account numbers, car titles or lease contracts, bank and investment account numbers and three years of tax returns in a bank safe-deposit box. Put each of these documents in a sealed plastic bag to keep out moisture.
  • Make and safeguard additional official copies of critical documents such as birth certificates, adoption papers, marriage certificates and the deed to your home for safekeeping and notify a trustee, close relative or attorney where your important financial information is located.
  • Keep names and contact numbers for executors, trustees and guardians in a safe place, either in your safe deposit box or with a close relative.
  • Take an inventory and keep a list of household valuables. Taking photographs of these items can help as well.
  • Start and regularly contribute to an emergency fund that can cover at least three to four months of expenses. This fund should be separate from your savings or investment account.
  • Include extra cash in your home emergency kit, which should include a three-day supply of water, food, a first aid kit, can opener, flashlights, radio and extra batteries.
  • Identify the records that you keep only on computer. They may not be available if electrical power fails, so make a printout and safeguard them or back them up to an external device or web storage facility
  • The web can serve as a supplement or back up to paper copies. Scanned or other electronic documents can be attached to e-mails and stored in your e-mail account or with secure online back-up services.
  • If you feel flood insurance may be necessary to protect your home, start shopping around. Contact your insurance agent or visit FEMA’s website at http://www.fema.gov for more information.
For more information and resources, including a copy of an Emergency Financial Preparedness Guide, visit the consumer education and resources section of http://www.icba.org. For additional information about National Preparedness Month, visit http://www.ready.gov/america/npm10/index.html.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for community banks, represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers we serve. For more information, visit http://www.icba.org.



CBTFL Continues to Grow and Remain Profitable
   08/20/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Alicia Porter
Community Bank & Trust of Florida
352-369-1000

August 18, 2010

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Continues to Grow and Remain Profitable

Ocala, FL - Florida Community Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Community Bank & Trust of Florida, announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2010. The company reported Total Assets of $541.7 million as of June 30, 2010 as well as Net Income of $562 thousand during the first half of 2010. The company also reported total capital of $39.8 million.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998 and is the largest community bank in Marion County as well as the fifth largest bank in the market. The bank is a member of the FDIC and has over 100 employees. The bank has 7 full-service banking offices, with an 8th office scheduled to open in September 2010 in the City of Gainesville.

In the June 30, 2010 Florida Bank Performance Report published by the Financial Management Consulting Group, Community Bank & Trust of Florida ranked 26th overall out of 232 Florida based banks. The overall ranking combines earnings, asset quality, capital and efficiency.

Hugh F. Dailey, President of the company, said "While a lot of banks in Florida are struggling financially, we are very proud of our continued profitability during these tough economic times. We are pleased that we have the ability to grow and serve our community with the opening of our 8th full service banking location in Gainesville this September. We are also proud that our bank has raised our own capital since opening in 1998 and that we did not participate in the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program). Everyone should know that Community Bank & Trust of Florida is a safe, sound, and secure banking institution."




CBTFL Announces Gainesville Office
   06/08/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Alicia Porter
352-369-1000

News Release

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Announces Gainesville Office

Hugh F. Dailey, President of Community Bank & Trust of Florida, recently announced that the bank will open their eighth full service banking office in the late summer of 2010. The bank has acquired a 4,200 square foot office building located at 6120 NW 1st Place adjacent to the Oaks Mall, just south of Newberry Road.

The new branch will be a full-service banking facility offering a complete line of loan and deposit products, as well as wealth management and investment services for individuals and business customers.

Mr. Dailey stated "We have had our eye on the Gainesville market for some time. We feel this excellent location will complement our existing seven office branch network in Marion and Sumter Counties, and will be a positive addition to the Gainesville community." Community Bank & Trust's Board of Directors, including Neal Anderson of Gainesville, Florida, also expressed enthusiasm for the new location. Mr. Anderson said "This will be a great location in an energetic and changing market. I am excited about the expansion into the Gainesville area and the ability to bring the bank’s exceptional service and extensive product lines to our community."

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998 and has over $550 million in assets, 102 employees, and is the largest locally owned bank in Marion County. The bank currently has seven banking offices in Marion and Sumter counties that offer full service personal and commercial banking, along with a full service wealth management division that offers trust administration, fiduciary services, estate planning, and brokerage and investment services.




Community Bank & Trust of Florida Supports March of Dimes Walk
   05/26/2010
Community Bank & Trust of Florida Supports March of Dimes Walk


Community Bank & Trust of Florida was a proud supporter of the annual March for Babies Marion County, which was held on April 24th at the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, in Ocala.

A total of 45 employees, friends and family of Community Bank & Trust of Florida attended the event and raised $4,700 to donate to the March of Dimes programs. The programs are dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida has supported the March of Dimes for over 10 years and has raised over $40,000 for this worthy organization. For more information on the March of Dimes visit www.marchofdimes.com.




Community Bank & Trust of Florida Presents Donation to School Board for $12,500
   04/30/2010
April 30, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Alicia Porter
Community Bank & Trust of Florida
352-369-1000

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Presents Donation to School Board for $12,500


President, Hugh Dailey and Information Technology Officer, Jeff Stafford presented the proceeds from the 9th annual "Tee Time for Tots" golf tournament on April 8th. The check was accepted by Suzanne McGuire, the liaison for the Marion County Homeless Children and Youth Program.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida has donated the proceeds of the last five tournaments to the Marion County Homeless Children and Youth Program, totaling more than $63,445. The organization strives to provide children with basic needs such as shoes, jackets, and other clothing, so they can attend school to learn and grow. The unique event included 9 holes played during the day, and 9 holes played at night with glow balls and tiki torches.

Over the past nine years with the help of employees, customers, and sponsors, Community Bank & Trust of Florida has raised more than $82,300 from the golf tournaments and has donated the funds to organizations that help children in the community.




Check Fraud - Your business could be at risk!
   04/26/2010
Check Fraud – Your business could be at risk!


Check fraud ranks second behind embezzlement as a white collar crime. It is considered one of the fastest growing problems affecting banks and their customers.

Check fraud hits your bottom line directly. It also disrupts your business and can cause hours of work that generates nothing but headaches. When check fraud occurs or is expected, bank accounts should be closed immediately, new checks ordered and there is the possibility of reissuing payments as well as placing stop payments.

In the past, many companies have not taken the probability of check fraud seriously. Maybe it was because we did not think this type of crime happens in our local market (but it does). It was also because banks were solely held responsible for check fraud losses. Recent changes in the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) has redefined the liability for business/corporate check fraud to include a standard of "ordinary care". The standard of "ordinary care" emphasizes a greater responsibility and reasonable check issuing standards by the business community. Financial institutions are no longer automatically expected to shoulder the burden of check fraud-related losses. Companies themselves may now be held responsible.

Working together as a team, we can help limit check fraud risk exposure through our Positive Payment service. With Positive Payment a customer will send a formatted text file to the bank (an issue file). This file will contain information about the checks a customer is issuing/writing. The bank will load this file into our system. As checks clear the bank, they will be matched to this file. A successful check match will be paid. The customer is notified of items that do not match. Using our Online Banking Service to communicate with the bank, the customer will make a decision as to pay or return the item/check in question.

Contact your local Community Bank & Trust of Florida banker for more information.




Jim Anthony to Serve on GreenPaths Local Advisory Board
   04/20/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Further information contact:
Alicia Porter
Community Bank & Trust of Florida
352-369-1000


Press Release
April 20, 2010


Jim Anthony to Serve on GreenPath's Local Advisory Board


GreenPath Debt Solutions, a nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, announced that it has started to provide financial counseling in the cities of Ocala, Gainesville, Lake City and Inverness, through its recent acquisition of Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Mid-Florida. Jim Anthony, Executive Vice President with Community Bank & Trust of Florida, served as Board Chairman for CCCS of Mid-Florida, and will continue to serve as a member of GreenPath's local advisory board.

GreenPath's central Florida offices serve consumers through face-to-face and phone counseling. Counselors will also conduct community education outreach and workshops throughout the area. Services include pre-purchase housing counseling, foreclosure counseling, personalized budget assessments and debt management programs, through which GreenPath counselors negotiate with creditors to reduce rates, eliminate fees and execute reasonable payment plans. GreenPath, which has been in business since 1961, offers all counseling services free of charge.

For more information about GreenPath Debt Solutions, visit http://www.greenpath.com or call (866) 648-8122.




Erin Buss Promoted to Vice President
   03/26/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Alicia Porter
Community Bank & Trust of Florida
352-369-1000

News Release

Erin Buss promoted to vice president

Ocala, Florida—Erin Buss, commercial banker at Community Bank & Trust of Florida's Heath Brook Office located at 5450 S.W. College Rd., in Ocala has been promoted to vice president.

Mrs. Buss is a lifelong resident of Ocala. She has a business degree from the University of Florida and her Masters in Business Administration from Webster University. Erin is an active member in the community where she volunteers at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and the March of Dimes. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as supporting and educating others about the performing arts.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida is the largest locally owned bank in Marion County with over $520 million in assets, 7 branch offices and 100 employees.




April Southall Promoted to Vice President
   03/26/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Alicia Porter
Community Bank & Trust of Florida
352-369-1000

News Release

April Southall promoted to vice president

Ocala, Florida - April Southall, banking office manager at Community Bank & Trust of Florida's North Office located at 7139 North U.S. Highway 441, in Ocala has been promoted to vice president. April has over 22 years of banking experience in branch banking, business development and lending. April's highly developed management and business development skills have been instrumental in the success and growth of the North Office.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida is the largest locally owned bank in Marion County with over $520 million in assets, 7 branch offices and 100 employees.




Community Bank & Trust of Florida announces promotions
   03/18/2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Alicia Porter
Community Bank & Trust of Florida
352-369-1000


News Release
March 18, 2010


Community Bank & Trust of Florida announces promotions


Angie Dansby, Certified Treasury Professional for Community Bank & Trust of Florida has been promoted to vice president. Angie is a graduate of Central Florida Community College and received her BSBA degree in Management from The University of Florida. Angie has over 25 years of extensive banking experience in credit administration, loan operations, and commercial cash management.

Christine Thibodeau, banking office manager for Community Bank & Trust of Florida's Belleview Office has been promoted to assistant vice president. Christine has over 25 years of banking experience in branch banking, business development and lending. Christine has an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management, and is a recent graduate of Leadership Ocala.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998 and is the largest community bank in Marion County. The bank has 7 banking offices in Marion and Sumter counties that offer full service personal and commercial banking, as well as trust and investment services.



Community Bank & Trust of Florida Executive Appointed to Board of Marion County Senior Services
   03/01/2010
March 1, 2010

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Executive Appointed to Board of Marion County Senior Services

David R. Denyer, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer was recently named as the newest member of the Marion County Senior Services board of directors.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida has been a proud supporter of the Marion County Senior Services for many years. Our employees have also volunteered countless hours of service to this valuable community service organization.

Marion County Senior Services is a non-profit charitable social agency providing supportive care services to elderly disabled and disadvantaged citizens in Marion County. They provide transit services, in home services and two different meal programs (Meals on Wheels and congregate meals). For more information please visit the Marion County Senior Services website at www.mcseniorservices.org or call them (352) 620-3501.




CBTFL Proudly Supports United Way of Marion Countys VITA Program
   02/01/2010
February 1, 2010

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Proudly Supports United Way of Marion County's VITA Program


The bank's main office located at 1603 S.W. 19th Ave (across from Target) is one of the host locations for the United Way of Marion County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The program offers FREE income tax preparation by an IRS trained and certified tax preparer. For more information please contact the United Way of Marion County at (352) 732-9696 or visit www.uwmc.org.




CBTFL Executive appointed to Habitat for Humanity Board
   01/28/2010
January 28, 2010

Community Bank & Trust Executive appointed to Habitat for Humanity Board


David R. Denyer, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer was recently named as the newest member of the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County’s board of directors.

Community Bank & Trust of Florida has been a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity for many years and has donated $100,000 to build two homes for deserving families in 2007 and 2008. Community Bank & Trust employees have also contributed countless hours of service to Habitat. Mr. Denyer recently announced that the bank has committed to sponsoring the construction of another Habitat for Humanity home in 2010, and pledged $40,000 for the project.




Yvonne Whitler and Bonny Duggan promoted
   01/22/2010
January 22, 2010

Yvonne Whitler and Bonny Duggan promoted


Yvonne Whitler, commercial banker at Community Bank & Trust of Florida's Golden Hills Office, has been promoted to Vice President. Yvonne has been with the bank for ten years holding various positions including Personal Banker, Branch Manager, Commercial Lender and Assistant Credit Manager. Yvonne is a graduate of Florida State University, the Florida School of Banking, and was born and raised in Ocala. She is married, has two children, and enjoys serving in her community.

Bonny Duggan, banking office manager at Community Bank & Trust of Florida's Heath Brook Office has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. Bonny has been with the bank for 5 years and prior to moving to Ocala, Bonny lived in the Boston, Massachusetts area where she worked for over 25 years in the banking industry. Bonny's banking experience includes retail banking, management, sales, service, compliance, operations, and consumer lending.




Community Bank & Trust Continues to be Profitable
   01/10/2010
PRESS RELEASE
January 20, 2010

Community Bank & Trust of Florida Continues to be Profitable

Ocala, FL - Florida Community Bankshares, Inc., the holding company for Community Bank & Trust of Florida, announced its financial results for 2009. The company reported Total Assets of $526.2 million as of December 31, 2009 as well as Net Income of $2.0 million during 2009. The financial results are unaudited and audited numbers are expected by the middle of March, 2010.

The company also reported Total Capital of $34.2 million. Delinquent Loans were 1.15% of Total Loans Outstanding and Non-Performing Loans were 2.70% of Total Loans.

Hugh F. Dailey, President of the company, said "Despite a difficult banking market in 2009, we were pleased to announce our profitability numbers. These continue to be tough times for the people of Marion and Sumter Counties. Our profitability means our capital base is growing and that growth will allow us to continue to take care of our customers and contribute to the success of our community. We continue to be a safe, sound, and secure banking solution for the people of north central Florida."

Community Bank & Trust of Florida was established in 1998 and is the largest community bank in Marion County as well as the fifth largest bank in the market with an eight percent market share. The bank also is the sixth largest bank in Sumter County with a six percent market share. The bank is a member of the FDIC and has 7 full-service banking offices with 100 employees along with trust and investment services.




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