Why not! BEST is not just another conference. It is your place to exchange ideas, connect with peers, sharpen your skills, and implement BEST practices for your bank. Come find your next BEST idea! 

Education Sessions  

  • Commercial Lending 
  • Customer Relations/Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Technology
  • Retail Lending

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Each local EduTour will provide insight on how others are managing the customer experience. Learn something and have fun at the same time.


Short's Brewery

Creativity is consistently encouraged among the entire staff, with an understanding that all employees have much to contribute to the Short's Brewing Company ethos.

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Ethanology Distillation

Ethanology concentrates their energy on carefully refining an innovative business model, while ensuring the creative mission is executed.


Left Foot Charley Wine and Hard Cider Tasting

Discover how a local winemaker thought differently and created a new business model based on a single farm Riesling.

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Mammouth Distillery and Chocolates

From Hemingway to Harrison, they aspire to create spirits in the tradition of the makers ... but their brand is also about the experience their customers have.

Our BEST Fans:

In a small organization like ours, most folks wear several hats. With BEST we can send them to one event where all their different responsibilities are covered. The seminars cover timely topics and current events. The networking is a huge benefit, as well as the opportunity to meet one-on-one with vendors. It’s a great opportunity to get your mid-level staff out of the bank to see what’s out there.
—Sue Eno, President and CEO,
Citizens National Bank of Cheboygan

             The BEST conference provides terrific learning opportunities for our team. The many different educational tracks address topics that are current and relevant for specific lines of business. Each year it is my goal to leave the conference with two or three takeaway ideas to bring back to the bank and share with the rest of the team.
—Vicki Franzen, Senior Vice President, Monroe Bank & Trust

            I think the BEST Conference is a great success with continued growth in attendance.  It addresses issues that are very relevant for the ever-changing and dynamic world of banking. The conference is very productive in terms of networking, discussion of best practices as well as latest approaches to today’s problems. We are able to go back to the office and put new information into practice for the benefit of our customers and staff. 
Julie F. Bolt, Isabella Bank - Retail Lending Committee Chair