As the state's only advocate working solely for the interests of community banks and their customers, Community Bankers of Washington (CBW) is a member-driven organization, governed by a Board of Directors comprised solely of independent community bankers.
The Association was created in 1989 as the Washington Independent Community Bankers Association (WICBA) by a group of community bankers that felt their current banking association was not supporting them on banking issues affecting their community banking franchise. The small group of bankers pooled their resources and influence to successfully manage change in the industry, grow their banks, and maintain their independence.
In 2007 the Association changed its name to the Community Bankers of Washington and has steadily grown and continues the mission of those bankers who started the Association years ago. Our passion is to collectively create value for Washington's community banks through advocacy, professional development, network opportunities, industry resources, and a full range of member benefits.
Member Benefits Clear voice for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs CBW is the only trade association in that advocates exclusively for the community banking industry. We work closely with one of the most experienced financial industry lobbyists in the state, keeping your organizations specific needs at the top of your legislator’s priority list. During the legislative session we provides Legislative Conference Calls/Updates that are designed to provide members with a snapshot of the relevant state legislative issues, legal issues, and political updates and developments.
Forefront of Education Access to relevant training and accurate information is more important than ever in the dynamic financial industry. In addition to our own programs, CBW has partnered with our associate members and community banking associations across the nation to bring member pricing for the very best programs.
CBW Annual Convention & Trade Show The flagship event for CBW Members is the Annual Convention. This program is packed with high-quality educational sessions presented by industry experts. It also incorporates a trade show highlighting products and services designed to improve the performance and service of Washington's Community Banking industry…all encompassed in a unique, relaxed and engaging networking experience.