Financial experts urged community banks to challenge bigger rivals by offering creative business loan products and using innovative funding options.

"Rather than be in a defensive posture against big banks, be an aggressive competitor," said Neill LeCorgne, director of business development at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.

Limited Time Offer

Save $400 off your subscription. Special offer ends April 30, 2017.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.