Business in Brief, February 12, 2022 | Business

Community First Bank opens Meridian North Banking Center

Community First Bank of Indiana (CFB) opened its new banking center at 93rd and Meridian in Indianapolis.

Since its local founding in Indiana in 2003, Community First Bank’s growth has been attributed to supporting the vision of its unique way of banking in its communities – a locally owned, locally managed bank staffed with experienced bankers .

In addition to personal banking and loans, Community First Bank offers a full range of checking and savings accounts, business loans, SBA-backed loan solutions, and cash management services. This location will have both a lobby and drive-thru banking, as well as a 24/7 ATM.

The banking center opened Feb. 1 at 9333 N. Meridian St., Suite 125, Indianapolis.

The Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting with Indy Chamber and OneZone Chamber will take place in May.

Indiana Residents Invited to Solarize ECI Zoom Meeting

Indiana residents and business owners will learn how the 26% federal tax credit has been extended through 2022 for installing solar panels on homes, farm structures and places of business at Solarize East Central Indiana’s next Zoom meeting.

Net metering in Indiana, however, will be available through June 2032 if installed by the end of June 2022. Installations after June 2022 will not be eligible for net metering.

The Zoom meeting sponsored by Solarize ECI, a grassroots community group affiliated with Solarize Indiana, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Zoom meeting will include a 30-minute presentation followed by an hour of questions and answers. Participation in the Solarize ECI Zoom meeting is free.

Registration is mandatory. The Zoom link for registration, which is free, can be found at or by sending an email request to Carolyn Vann, [email protected], or John Vann, [email protected], who are co-team leaders of Solarize ECI.

One of the main benefits of working with Solarize ECI and the state organization Indiana Solarize is group pricing which lowers the cost of installing a solar system. When home, farm and business owners work through Solarize ECI and have Solarize ECI’s approved solar company install their panels, they receive a 10% rebate from the solar panel company, Vann said.

Next, adding solar panels to structures allows for greater energy independence with less exposure to rising utility bills, Vann said.

Finally, adding solar will not increase the owner’s property taxes. However, the addition of solar power has the potential to increase the value of real estate sales.

For more information, contact Vann at [email protected]

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