Location: Owensboro, Ky.
Assets: $1.6 billion
Employees: 289
President and CEO: Chris Reid
www.1776bank.com

Popular with employees: Independence charters a bus once a year for employees — and one guest each — to go to Nashville for a shopping day. Attendees get a long-sleeve shirt, $10 for lunch and the chance to win gift cards on the bus.

Employee recognition/appreciation program: Employees can earn money to use toward their health insurance or gym memberships by eating healthy and exercising. Groups also walk, run, bike or climb stairs together before and after work and during lunchtime.

Community service initiative: Independence intends to build a home with Habitat for Humanity in each of the nine counties where the bank operates. Employees recently completed the sixth house.

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