First Merchants Named 'Muncie Area's Finest'

MUNCIE, Ind. - The First Merchants family received three awards this week as a part of Muncie Area’s Finest, the readers’ choice poll from The Star Press. Readers named First Merchants Bank the ‘Best Bank to Get a Loan’ and the ‘Best Bank to Get a Mortgage.’ First Merchants Trust Company won the award for ‘Best Place for Financial Planning.’

First Merchants Charitable Foundation Awards Annual Grants

GREENWOOD, Ind. - First Merchants Charitable Foundation, Inc. is awarding its annual grants to local charitable organizations in six counties across Indiana. It will award a total of $45,000 in grants this year to various community organizations in Hendricks, Montgomery, Clinton, Johnson, Morgan and Brown counties. The foundation has issued a total of almost $1.5 million in grants since it was formed in 1998.

Wabash Employees Walk In Relay for Life

WABASH, Ind. - Employees of the First Merchants Wabash banking centers joined the fight against cancer on June 8 and 9 in the Wabash Relay for Life. Team First Merchants was among about 12 teams walking continually through the night to raise awareness and financial support for cancer research.

FMB Supports Golf League Tournament

WABASH, Ind. - Brenda Mosier, Edith Johns, Sandi Kastner and Bev Holmquist were named winners of the First Merchants Bank Two Best Ball Shamble on June 12 at the Honeywell Golf Course. The team of four ladies shot a 106 to clinch their win in the “shamble” tournament, a combination of a scramble and a low-net tournament.

First Merchants Helps the United Way to “Stuff the Bus”

DECATUR, Ind.— The First Merchants family participated in the Adams County United Way “Stuff the Bus” Day of Action on June 20. As event sponsors, the First Merchants banking centers of Adams County collected non-perishable food items in the weeks leading up to the event.

CNB Collects More Than 10,000 Meals for Mid-Ohio Food Bank

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In many cultures sharing food is a supreme act of generosity. At Commerce National Bank it is an annual event. For the past three years, CNB has made collecting meals for Operation Feed a departmental competition.

Seven Ways to Lower Your Payment Processing Costs

Credit card processing is one of the most complex and confusing services businesses buy today. However, this vital payment solution increases in importance each year as more customers use cards to make purchases. The current economic climate makes it even more important for a business to understand credit card processing and how to manage the process in the most cost-effective manner. Below are strategies to help your business lower their processing costs and avoid paying excessive fees.

1. Increase Payment Options

Global Payment, Inc. Breach

You may have recently read about the Global Payments, Inc. card breach and have some questions about how this might affect you. Global Payments, Inc. is a card processor for debit, credit and gift cards. While the full details are yet to be disclosed, what is known is that this company was breached by criminals earlier this year and are working to determine what card information was stolen. First Merchants wants you to be aware that:

Phishing Phone Call Alert

There are reports that fraudulent phone calls are being made by criminals that are recordings purporting to be from First Merchants. This is a common phone phishing scam that the criminals use in which the pose as a financial institution. The phone call is normally a recording that directs the recipient to press a number (usually 1) and provide information regarding their debit cards and potentially other information.

OCC Scam Alert

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the OCC regarding funds purportedly under the control of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and other government entities, is in circulation. People have received the correspondence by email, fax and postal mail.