News & Announcements

We are celebrating! Highpoint Community Bank has been recognized as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, for the 12th consecutive year!

April 14, 2020 – Warren, MI — every year companies throughout West Michigan compete to be ®named one of “West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For .” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor. These select companies will be honored on Tuesday May 12, 2020 on a digital platform that the honorees will log into.

The winning companies also compete for 13 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed during the digital presentation.

Winners are pooled by the size of their company. Employers with 100 or less employees are benchmarked together and are classified as Small Business; 101-300 employees are benchmarked together and are classified as Medium Business; employers with more than 301 employees are benchmarked together and are classified as Large Business. All companies, no matter their size, can be a Best and Brightest Company to Work For® resulting in Better Business, Richer Lives and Stronger Communities.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business. (See following list for winners.)

The annual symposium and awards program this year will be a digital event due to the COVID- 19 virus and will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Andi Simon – Blue Ocean Strategy. The digital awards presentation is emceed by Juliet Dragos of WZZM 13 News and Steve Kelly of NewsRadio WOOD 1300. The awards presentation will adjourn at 11:00 a.m.

West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is sponsored by Baudville Brands, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, ABC WZZM 13, Newsradio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Davenport University, DTE Energy, Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, The Employers’ Association, Consumers Credit Union, Meijer, uMap, Clark Hill, Right Management, Garrison Dental and SpartanNash.

To participate in the digital conference, contact the NABR at 866-321-1822 or visit

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, West Michigan and Nationally. Nominations are now being accepted. Visit to obtain an application.

Click here to download the full press release and winners list

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Hastings City Bank becomes Highpoint Community Bank

Mark A. Kolanowski, President and CEO, announced that the Hastings City Bank board of directors has approved an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation to change the name of the bank to Highpoint Community Bank, effective January 21, 2019.

“We have been working over the past year to create a brand that better reflects the diverse communities we serve” said Mr. Kolanowski. “We have expanded to offer more services to more communities and our name wasn’t an accurate reflection of the organization we’ve become. The important things have not changed. We’re still the same people you know and trust and we will continue to deliver above and beyond financial advice and guidance. Our commitment to the communities we serve is higher than ever. We approach our future with a name that is more reflective and inclusive of all the communities we have grown to serve, one that speaks positively to the type of bank we will be as we move forward, and one that also reminds us of the rich traditions bound by service to customer and community that brought us to where we are today. This new chapter brings tremendous energy and excitement to our team of employees. We are dedicated to continuing the high standards that HCB Financial Corp. and Hastings City Bank have always represented.”

Highpoint Community Bank is a subsidiary of HCB Financial Corp., a single bank holding company. The bank holds state bank charter #11, the second oldest in the State of Michigan. Seven financial services offices are located in Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Eaton and Kent Counties. Changing the name of the bank does not directly impact HCB Financial Corp.

“We will continue to be referred to as HCB, but now that will reference Highpoint Community Bank” notes Mr. Kolanowski.

Highpoint Community Bank can be found at and is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

HCB News Release [PDF]