A Pennsylvania banking company has laid the groundwork for a network it says will help community banks compete on the Web with larger banks.

Patriot Bank Corp. in Pottstown is seeking banks to join its BankZip.com Web site -- but no more than one per ZIP code. A consumer visiting www.bankzip.com would be referred to the Web site of a nearby member bank -- or if there is no member bank nearby, to Patriot Bank's site.

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