First Merchants Celebrates Grand Reopening of Shelbyville Banking Center

SHELBYVILLE, Ind.-First Merchants Bank welcomed customers, guests and the community during the Shelbyville Banking Center grand reopening event on Thursday, January 17. In celebration of the newly remodeled building, located at 29 East Washington Street, a day of fun and celebration was capped off by commentary by Tom DeBaun, Shelbyville Mayor; First Merchants Corporation Chief Executive Officer Michael C. Rechin; and Larry Lux, Market President.

Habitat for Humanity Benefits from Dragstrip Dash Event

Cathy Stoll, Marketing Director for IU Health West Hospital, John Skelton and Mary Keevers from First Merchants present a check for $3,000 to Craig Brighton, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Hendricks County.PLAINFIELD, Ind. - First Merchants Bank and IU Health West Hospital were proud to present a donation of $3,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Hendricks County recently.

Survey: Business owners' outlooks for 2013 vary

First Merchants Bank, and its divisions, Lafayette Bank & Trust and Commerce National Bank, have released results from a recent survey of business owners in their markets. The survey, part of an outreach effort targeting local business owners, asked for predictions about the economy, business conditions in 2013, and future business challenges.

First Merchants Awards Scholarship to Adams County Teen

Decatur Market President Dean Fuelling presents a scholarship check to Adams Central's Madison Johnson.DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to Adams Central High School graduate Madison Johnson. The daughter of Daryl and Kim Johnson, Madison is a freshman at Huntington University pursuing a degree in Accounting.

Employees Give Christmas Gifts to Delaware County Children

Gifts for dozens of local children enrolled in Head Start of Delaware County await delivery under the Christmas tree at the Muncie Downtown First Merchants banking center.MUNCIE, Ind.

Bank Sponsors Scholarship Fair for Morgan County

Mooresville Banking Center Manager Ashley Duke presents Angela Kath, President of the Mooresville Chamber of Commerce, with a $500 donation to the county-wide scholarship fair.MOORESVILLE, Ind.

First Merchants Sponsors Economic Outlook Luncheon at BSU

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Muncie region of First Merchants Bank, First Merchants Trust Company and First Merchants Insurance Group was the major sponsor of the 17th annual Indiana Economic Outlook 2013. The Indiana Economic Outlook is an annual luncheon and forecasting event held by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research.

FMB Volunteers Build Habitat for Humanity Home

MARION, Ind. - First Merchants Meridian Plaza employees participated in a Habitat for Humanity build project on November 16. The build project took place southwest of Indianapolis. FMB employees installed exterior siding and interior trim, caulked throughout the home and painted interior walls. The experience was said to be very rewarding for all of the FMB participants.

WARNING Keep Your Information Safe This Shopping Season

As we enter the holiday season be aware not only consumer activity will be on the rise but criminals ramp up their efforts to gain access to personal information through various channels as well; phishing e-mails prompting clicking on links, text messages prompting a return call to provide information, phony businesses on social networks with malicious code ready to be installed, and non-legitimate websites claiming to have the "hot" gift of the season.

OCC Warning of False Communication

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On November 5, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a warning regarding a ficticious correspondence. The communication is being delivered by e-mail, fax and physical letters. It presents itself as issued by the OCC claiming that the OCC is involved in holding funds for the benefit of the person receiving the communication. It is false. The OCC does not participate in the transfer of funds for, or on behalf of, individuals, business enterprises, or governmental entities.