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In 1996, a group of local business people gathered to discuss the formation of a new bank for the Bolivar, Missouri area. Why? They had a vision of a home-owned bank that would offer the personalized service and attention not found in the out-of-town banks with just a presence here. They also envisioned true local banking professionals building relationships with their customers. And for 16 years now - from the opening of one humble trailer on April 16, 1997, to a total of four full-service banking centers in three communities - that vision has defined the path that Bank of Bolivar has taken in creating one of the most successful community banks around.

In practical terms, that vision translates into a philosophy of being a safe and sound financial institution that customers can trust, while being good neighbors out in the communities we serve. Bank of Bolivar is a sponsor of numerous school programs and contributes both time and money to various civic organizations and charitable causes. Additionally, we proudly serve the needs of all age groups from our Super Seniors all the way down through our youth through banking education programs in local schools.

It is this personal, sensible, and practical approach that gives us an extra measure of accountability to neighbors like you here in our home area. And it is this approach that has safely guided Bank of Bolivar through even challenging economic times. So you can trust Bank of Bolivar to be a unique blend of "big bank" products and innovation along with "community bank" values and strength.

Bank of Bolivar Milestones:

1997 Bank of Bolivar begins operations in downtown Bolivar from a temporary trailer
1997 Permanent main banking center opens in downtown Bolivar
2000 Second BOB banking center opens - in Fair Grove, MO
2005 BOB is named the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce's Large Business of the Year for 2004
2005 Third BOB banking center opens - the Bolivar "west branch"
2007 Fourth BOB banking center opens - in the Cimarron Center on east Chestnut Expressway in Springfield
2008 BOB wins the MIBA's BKD Award for Excellence and Innovation for school pride debit cards
2008 BOB's first Springfield branch relocates to the former Village Bank facility at 2920 E. Chestnut Expressway
2009 Woodhurst office condo in Springfield is purchased for bank and investments purposes
2010 BOB receives a Friend of Education award from the Missouri State Teacher's Association
2012 BOB is named the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce's Large Business of the Year for 2011
2012 Bank of Bolivar celebrates two anniversaries: 5 years in Springfield and 15 years overall
2012 Bank of Bolivar receives two awards for mortgage lending from TIB
2013 BOB wins the MIBA's BKD Award for Excellence and Innovation for BOB's Gift Club
2014 Fifth BOB banking center opens - at 1339 E. Republic Road in Springfield
2017 Bank of Bolivar celebrates its 20 year anniversary