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Shelby County State Bank places 4th in Top Workplaces Iowa Small Business Category

Shelby County State Bank has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by the Des Moines Register. The bank placed 4th overall in the Top Small Companies category from entrants throughout the state of Iowa.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution, and connection.

The pillars of service and support play out within the bank as well, where CEO Kevin Campbell said employees and leadership work to maintain a sense of family. Employees have each other's backs, he said, and if someone needs time off to care for a family member, they know they'll be covered. "In every business and every relationship, you want to have some level of loyalty...That’s very important. When you consider that topic, loyalty, it can’t be one way. The employers can’t expect the employee to be loyal and just serve, serve, serve without having a little love in return," Campbell said.

"This group, they just rally around things and want to make a difference. It’s just the people they are," Campbell said.

Shelby County State Bank, Harlan Achieves Blue Zones Worksite® Designation

Shelby County State Bank is pleased to be an official Blue Zones Worksite®, signifying the bank maintains a healthy work environment that promotes and encourages employee well-being.

The designation criteria include the areas of leadership, purpose, habitat and physical environment, engagement and creation of social networks, policies and benefits, and well-being solutions.

One of just 11 designated Blue Zone Worksites in Harlan, Shelby County State Bank was required to meet several criteria set forth by Blue Zones Project — a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.

“The Blue Zones Project team is thrilled that Shelby County State Bank has taken the initiative to become a designated Blue Zones Worksite,” said Margie Schenck, project organizer for Blue Zones Project Harlan. “By completing the designation process, they have demonstrated their commitment to create a healthier workplace; we appreciate their community spirit in devoting the time and energy to complete this process.”

Blue Zones Project Harlan is a community wide wellness improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks. SCSB was the second worksite in Harlan, a designated Blue Zones Community®, to become designated as a Blue Zones Worksite.

Shelby County State Bank Named Top Iowa Workplace

HARLAN, Ia. – Shelby County State Bank has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Des Moines Register. The bank placed 10th overall in the Top Small Companies category throughout the state of Iowa.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

“This award is important to us because we pride ourselves on our family, service, and community work culture,” said Kevin Campbell, SCSB President & CEO. “This recognition comes straight from feedback received by our employees. It reiterates the fact that Shelby County State Bank has tremendous organizational strength which directly correlates to the relationships we have with our customers.”

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, such as alignment, execution, and connection.

October 2015 - Breast Cancer Month

Shelby County State Bank recognizes October as breast cancer awareness month. Read the inspirational stories from our own employees Jean Keane and Denise Van De Berg who are survivors dedicated to helping others through sharing their personal experience.


Both Jean & Denise have aunts who were diagnosed with breast cancer; however neither of their breast cancer diagnoses was considered hereditary. Both women were faithful in getting their annual mammograms, exercised regularly and tried to eat healthy diets. Each was diagnosed after receiving annual mammograms at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan.


Jean’s physician at Myrtue Medical Center is Dr. Sarah Devine. She said she was very helpful in explaining the initial diagnosis, answered all of her questions, and then referred her quickly to Dr. Hauke at the Estabrook Cancer Center in Omaha. “Family, friends, and co-workers were extremely helpful with prayers, thoughts, encouragements, and food brought in for my family,” she said. This past summer, Jean received another call back after her routine mammogram and needed to follow up with a second mammogram, ultrasound, and a biopsy. “Thankfully, those test results turned out negative, she said. “Throughout that time, I found it was very important that I keep a positive attitude.”

Reassuring and positive is how Denise described her local physician, Dr. Bret Heilesen. “He was very reassuring and positive while we discussed my diagnosis and talked through what the next step would be,” she said. Dr. Heilesen called immediately to set up a referral appointment for me with Dr. Zlomke, at Jennie Ed Breast Health Center in Council Bluffs. Denise said Dr. Zlomke and his staff were all very caring and did an excellent job of including her family in the entire treatment process. “The support I received from my ‘work family’ was incredible with prayers, cards, visits, flowers, food, and daily encouragements – they all helped to keep me positive & pumped for a fast, total recovery!” she said.


Both Jean and Denise reiterated that if all women are diligent each year with screening mammograms, the radiologists are better able to detect the smallest changes from year to year. Doing this can alert them to potential issues that require more thorough follow-up testing. Denise said, “Women should visit with their physician to determine when (at what age) to begin and how often they should get a screening mammogram.”


Both women said they try to “Live Each Day” to the fullest, encourage other women to get their regular mammograms, and continue to do their own routine checks along with self- examination. Through the story of their own, personal journeys, they want to let other know how important it is to get yearly checkups and to keep a positive attitude. Thanks to advancements in diagnosis and treatments, breast cancer caught in early stages is very treatable!

Iowa College Foundation Recognition

Jack Jones, President of Iowa College Foundation, gave recognition to Kevin Campbell and Stef Kramer of Shelby County State Bank for the banks 50 years of financial support to the foundation.

SCSB Receives CBI'S Community Banking "Best-Of-The-Best" Award

Shelby County State Bank was presented with the Community Bankers of Iowa’s (CBI) Community Banking Month Best-of-the-Best Award and recognized during CBI’s awards ceremony, held during that organization’s 43rd Management Conference and Annual Convention in Okoboji.

Throughout Community Banking Month (recognized in April in Iowa and across the nation) Shelby County State Bank’s employees taught financial literacy programs including money management lessons to elementary and high school students, held a “Movie Day” for their Junior Savers Club, raised funds for their Relay for Life team by holding a purse auction, and held a cash “free sample” day in the form of $2-$10 bills. One program that truly exemplifies the culture of Shelby County State Bank itself is their “Community Credit” program, where by their volunteer efforts and/or shopping locally, bank staff members receive points good for use on bank apparel. Bank employees also helped to coordinate Money Smart Week, a program created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago encompassing a state-wide series of events intended to increase financial literacy among elementary students. Events hosted by Shelby County State Bank included visits to schools and sponsoring a local Money Smart Week Poster Contest as part of the state-wide competition hosted each year by CBI.

What stood out to CBI and sealed Shelby County State Bank as the 2014 Best-of-the-Best Competition Award recipient were both the sheer volume of financial literacy programs, events and activities they planned for Shelby County schools and communities, and their free tree giveaway on Arbor Day (April 25, 2014). Shelby County State Bank employees helped fund and deliver two 3-foot sugar maple trees to each of the 260 fifth-grade students in Shelby County schools, and gave away over 74,000 trees to be planted throughout Shelby County in conjunction with the local Plant Iowa committee.

Other events Shelby County State Bank held to promote Community Banking Month and the community banking message are numerous, including participation in a financial literacy Youth Night, bank tours for local elementary students, and a Shred Day, where local community residents could bring documents and other sensitive items to Shelby County State Banks to be safely shredded and disposed of.

CBI’s Best-of-the-Best Award distinguishes one Iowa, independent bank that epitomizes how community banks are making a difference on Main Street. "The actions of Shelby County State Bank throughout Community Banking Month and the year truly exemplify the significant role that independent community banks play in stimulating their local economies,” stated CBI Executive Vice President and CEO Don Hole. “Community banks are based on relationships with customers, and the symbiotic relationship with the communities they serve helps small businesses and Main Street Iowa communities survive as the economy continues to recover. Shelby County State Bank does an outstanding job of maintaining and growing those relationships."

Shelby County State Bank receives Community Betterment Award from Iowa Bankers Association

Shelby County State Bank was recently honored by the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) as a 2012 Community Betterment Award recipient. The award was presented to Kevin Campbell, President & CEO and Janet Buman, Marketing Officer during the IBA’s annual convention on Sept. 18 in Des Moines.

Shelby County State Bank was honored for its Economic Development entry per fund-raising efforts for the Petersen FamilyWellness Center. The bank sponsored an employee fund drive to build the wellness center whose namesakes are past SCSB President H.Rand Petersen and his wife Mary Louise. The bank pledged $115,000 to the facility and provided matching funds for employee donations over $6700.

Shelby County State Bank was one of three banks selected as 2012 IBA Community Betterment Award winners. Banks across the state had the opportunity to submit their community-based projects to be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winning banks were honored by the IBA for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the communities they serve.

“Banks across the state of Iowa are making a difference in their local communities every day,” said IBA President and CEO John Sorensen. “Shelby County State Bank’s commitment to the wellness center is a shining example of how Iowa banks are making a positive impact in the communities they serve.”