Independent Bank offices across the state of Michigan will be promoting Michigan maple syrup producers on March 11, 2011. Bank associates will celebrate the start of the new cycle in the bank’s gift program, which offers free gifts to new checking customers and current customers who refer friends and family.

Many offices will have a producer on site with syrup samples, demonstrations on how trees are tapped and syrup production. There will also be a drawing at each banking office. Visitors can enter for a chance to win Michigan maple syrup or a gift basket provided by American Spoon.

“Independent Bank is excited to partner with Michigan maple syrup producers,” said Kelly Wolgamott assistant vice president of HPC marketing for Independent Bank. “We think it’s important to support the local businesses in each of our communities, and this is the perfect way to show support for our syrup producers.”

For more information about the Michigan Maple Syrup Association, visit For more information on the Big Day, visit your local Independent Bank office. A complete listing of Independent Bank locations can be found online at