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What does it mean to bank local?

Where you choose to bank matters. Did you know, not all banks are the same? While they do provide many similar services, there also many differences. Centinel Bank of Taos is a community bank, locally owned and operated, serving Taos County since 1969. Along with traditional banking services, Centinel Bank offers many community banking benefits.

This April, in celebration of Community Banking Month, we encourage everyone to consider what it means to bank locally. Banking local helps sustain our community today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

What is a “community bank”?

A community bank is a bank that works for the betterment of its community, helping it grow and succeed. Community banks like Centinel Bank are local--Taking in deposits and distributing loans into our local economy keeps funds right here in Taos County. When you deposit money at Centinel Bank, those funds are used to support local businesses, homebuyers, and everyday consumers; residents just like you; and the proceeds from those businesses employ local residents, fund municipalities, and continue the cycle of locally based economic growth. This means creating more jobs and providing a strong foundation for the local economy, making it stronger.

As a community bank, Centinel Bank invests in the future of the area we serve. Lending money is only one way we invest in our Taos County communities. We are proud to give back to them and are always developing programs to help strengthen our community.  Ways we give back include:

- Youth initiatives and educational programs
- Support of local non-profits and partnerships with local organizations
- Financial Literacy for children, youth, teens, adults, and seniors

What does locally owned and operated mean?

Centinel Bank is proud of the fact that we are locally owned and operated, meaning that we live and work in the very communities that we serve. As a result, we feel a strong commitment to providing excellent service and building strong relationships, because we live here too and we feel the impact of your success. We also hire talent right from our home communities, helping to boost the economy by keeping dollars at a local level. Because we are locally owned and operated:

We are not a national banking chain.
We make our decisions locally, understanding our Taos County communities and providing products and services that reflect the needs of our community. Our lending decisions are made by people who live in Taos County and develop face-to-face relationships with our customers. We specialize in relationship banking as opposed to transactional banking, giving individual and small business customers personal attention.

Centinel Bank is Taos’ only local community bank. As we celebrate Community Banking Month this April, we want to thank our customers for their patronage and urge those who we hope to count as future customers to consider what it means to bank locally.

Stop by Centinel Bank today to discover how your community bank can help you realize your financial dreams—and how together, we can contribute to a more vibrant and sustainable economy in our Taos County community. Let’s dream together!

Career Opportunities Available

We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

• Credit Analyst
• Information Technology Specialist
• Chief Financial Officer

Centinel Bank of Taos is rated as a Top Workplace not just because of our success, strength and stability, but because we’re a community bank, where our community is the most important thing.  Our staff is the most important asset in our company and we are committed to recruiting talented, dedicated individuals who share our values, our customer focus, and our mission. We were founded in Taos with the mission of making our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Founded Here. Focused Here.

If you'd like to be part of our award winning business download our employment application. For more information about any of these positions or about joining the Centinel Bank of Taos family click here.


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