Bank Local

We have some great community investing banks and credit unions in central Ohio that are having a positive impact on the communities they serve. You can find great community investing banks and credit unions below. Then, you can expand your community investing reach by looking into loan funds, mutual funds and venture capital products that support communities. You can even invest in local businesses.

Reasons to break up with your mega bank.

Credit Unions

KEMBA Financial Credit Union
A SOLE (Support our Local Economy) Coalition partner


Bridge Credit Union


SMART Credit Union
For all school employees in central Ohio


Telhio Credit Union


Credit Union of Ohio


Western Credit Union Inc


CME Federal Credit Union


BMI Federal Credit Union


Midstate Educators CU

For school employees throughout Ohio


Community Banks


First Community Bank of Ohio

Columbus First Bank
Business banking

Heartland Bank

Arlington Bank

A full list of central Ohio community banks is on page 26 of Business First’s April 27, 2011 digital edition, includes with information about the banks’ 2010 deposits, assets from the previous two years and the number of workers they employ.




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Support Our Local Economy CoalitionThink Columbus First is an initiative of: the Support Our Local Economy (SOLE) Coalition

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Reasons To Love Your Local Small Businesses:
  1. Supportive communities attract entrepreneurs who create local jobs
  2. They hire local people who know you & your unique needs
  3. They help give our communities personality and fun
  4. A 10% Shift from chain to local will create 5000 new jobs in Franklin County

Think Local

  • Consider adding more efficiency to your home or business. Visit Wattworks for indoor and outdoor LED lighting, IR heaters, solar power systems and more.
  • City Folks Farm Shop urban homesteading supplies in Columbus Central Ohio homesteaders and urban farmers can find supplies, classes and resources.
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center can be a local experience, when you visit Celebrate Local. The store features handmade and artisanal products from all over Ohio.

Where did you spend your $2 bill?

spend me local Have you seen one of our $2 bills? Did you get it as change from a local merchant? If so, pass it on to a friend or spend it at local independent business. Spread the word, contact us to get some $2 bills.