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160 Years.

Your Journey. Our Commitment.


For 160 years, we have partnered with our customers to help them achieve their financial dreams and goals. Our vision is to guide, serve, and empower people to improve their lives and the world we live in, and to ultimately Be Independent. This remains our primary focus today.

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Why Independent?

At Independent Bank, we are your trusted partner to guide you through your financial journey. Whether you are opening your first checking account, purchasing a new car, renovating your home, or planning for retirement, Independent Bank is here to help you Be Independent.

 

Since 1864

In 1864 – 160 years ago – we started out as First National Bank of Ionia. Since then, we are proud to say that our vision to guide, serve, and empower people to improve their lives and the world we live in, and to ultimately Be Independent, remains our primary focus today.

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Today

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with nearly 60 locations across the lower peninsula, we offer comprehensive financial services. Like we were 160 years ago, we remain committed to delivering exceptional service & value to our customers, stockholders, & communities.

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Independent Bank in our Communities
Being the difference in the communities we serve.

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes

Independent Bank is a proud sponsor and participant in BizTown, a simulated business community that allows fifth and sixth grade students in West Michigan the opportunity to interact in a real-world business setting.
 
Students apply, interview, and work within this simulated town, giving them the opportunity to experience different career opportunities, including one at Independent Bank.

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Annual Be The
Difference Day

Every year, Independent Bank participates in their all-employee volunteer day, Be the Difference Day. Employees volunteer in teams across Michigan and parts of Ohio at hundreds of non-profit organizations.

The Bank also donates funds raised by employees throughout the year as well as a bank match to the organizations where they volunteer for the day.

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Affordable Housing Development in Grand Rapids

Independent Bank is honored to partner with local non-profit housing developers across Michigan to provide much-needed affordable housing solutions, as well as assist in the submission of grant applications.

From Traverse City to Grand Rapids to Detroit, Independent Bank is working to support the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of properties for use as affordable homes.

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In The News

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Independent Bank Celebrates 160 Years of Business

On February 2, 2024, Michigan-based Independent Bank, a stalwart in the financial industry, proudly commemorated 160 years of business. Founded in 1864 as First National Bank of Ionia, Independent Bank is now headquartered in Grand Rapids, and operates nearly 60 branches across Michigan’s lower peninsula as well as loan production offices in Ohio.

19 Dec 2023
Patrice Uhnavy Receives the Connie A. Vickroy Distinguished Service Award

Independent Bank would like to congratulate Patrice Uhnavy, First Vice President, Commercial Operations at Independent Bank for receiving the Connie A. Vickroy Distinguished Service Award from the Great Lakes Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

5 Dec 2023
Independent Bank Partners with the L.E.A.D. Foundation to Support Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton

Independent Bank is proud to partner with the Leadership Education Action Development (L.E.A.D.) Foundation and the Legacy Sports Organization in Brighton. The L.E.A.D. Foundation focuses on helping and empowering student-athletes through social awareness, educational guidance, and financial assistance. Through the Foundation’s efforts, students are given the tools and opportunities to excel in reaching their academic and athletic goals as well as impact their local community.

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