Attendees Enjoy 2012 Commerce National Bank Economic Forecast

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Commerce National Bank held its annual Economic Forecast, featuring Dr. Jim Newton, Jan. 12 at the Ohio 4-H facility on the Ohio State University campus.

Dr. Newton, CNB’s Chief Economic Advisor, gave his 2011 economic wrap-up and a detailed forecast of what he anticipated the economic environment would be in central Ohio for 2012. Commerce clients and guests arrived early for breakfast and the networking opportunity, and a full house greeted Dr. Newton when he began speaking.

CNB Receives Award of Excellence

COLUMBUS, Ohio - At the 2011 Operation Feed Victory Party, held on the Ohio State University Campus August 25, Commerce National Bank (CNB) received the Award of Excellence. CNB was one of only nine businesses in the Columbus area who reached this benchmark level!

First Merchants Raises Cash to Repay TARP Funds

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME), announced that it has raised $21.2 million in a direct private placement of its common stock. First Merchants also announced that it has received preliminary approval to receive an investment of approximately $90.8 million in the Company’s preferred stock through the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF).