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About us

We know West Michigan because it's our home, and it's the only place we do business

West Michigan Values

Our local commitment shows in everything we do.

We know West Michigan because it’s the only place we do business. Macatawa Bank was born in 1997 by a group of local business leaders who had a vision of what a true community bank could be. Today, we remain true to our roots, the communities we serve, and our commitment to staying local. We have over 400 employees that live and work in this community, giving you access to immediate and responsible decisions to keep you moving ahead toward your financial goals.

Macatawa Bank offers a full range of banking services, retail and commercial lending, wealth management, treasury management, private banking and eBanking services. Whether you prefer mobile or in person banking, we are here for you. Our 26 full-service branches are conveniently located throughout Kent, Ottawa and northern Allegan counties.

At Macatawa Bank, serving the communities where we live and work is a core value. We recognize the power of volunteerism, contributing financial support and resources, and collaborating with local businesses and non-profits to help our communities thrive. 

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Community Servants. Business Leaders.

Beyond the Banker:  


Taryn Chatel: Connecting service with community need.

Taryn Chatel is passionate about serving her customers. When she started working at our Rockford office in 2013, it was one of her customers who recognized her servant’s heart and invited her to meet the Executive Director for North Kent Connect. Taryn was not familiar with the organization but quickly grew passionate about their mission. Now, she is in her third year serving on their board of directors.

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North Kent Connect (NKC) is similar to many familiar organizations such as, Mel Trotter, Holland Rescue Mission, and The Other Way Ministries. They provide food and clothing for times of crisis, and seasonal services such as Christmas baskets and back-to-school backpacks. They’ve recently started providing educational programs in an effort to help their clients better themselves.  NKC is not a governmental agency so the bulk of their funding is provided by individuals and businesses, as well as church partners. The organization serves all of northern Kent County north of the Grand River, which is about 5000 clients a year.  NKC has a unique challenge with their entire service area being rural. Rural poverty has a much different face than urban poverty. In downtown Grand Rapids, poverty can be seen without having to look for it. But in a rural area, poverty might be living in a tent, or in a car in the woods. The organization struggles to get people through their doors, because public transportation is not available to connect clients with their services. 

In January, NKC started working with the GVSU Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute. GVSU is conducting a community needs assessment to discover how NKC can best utilize their assets to help clients, and reach the people who they may be missing. NKC is working with Mel Trotter to identify and find the homeless people living in our service area. In August NKC plans to open their first public store that will feature an assortment of household goods and clothing at affordable prices. 

“We have big goals for our little organization!”, Chatel said. “It would be amazing if we didn’t need to exist someday, but until that day comes, we will continue supporting the people in our community to be their best selves.” Learn more about North Kent Connect by visiting their website,

Julie Hower

Julie Hower: Centered on helping local women.

Julie Hower works her heart out by day as a Branch Manager of our Northside Branch in Holland. Outside the bank, she puts her passions to work for a very worthy community partner: The Center for Women in Transition (CWIT). The Center provides safety to individuals fleeing from abuse and offers a full range of services supported by a dynamic team of professionals. They offer safe shelter, transitional housing, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), sexual assault therapy, legal advocacy, Wardrobe for Work, support groups, community outreach, and healthy relationships programs including Girls on the Run. Annually, more than 3,000 women and their families receive services and assistance.

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Julie Hower has volunteered at CWIT for many years. She has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2005, has worked on the Reach for the Stars committee, and has volunteered at Girls on the Run event.  Julie Hower said, “My introduction to the Center for Women in Transition occurred many years ago when I volunteered as a participant on a United Way Allocation Panel. What I heard in that presentation changed the way I thought about domestic violence. I heard a statistic about children that really struck me: When you grow up in a home with domestic violence you are more likely to commit a violent crime against someone else. That statement is something I had never thought about before and have never forgotten. The impact of domestic violence against the individual impacts the entire family. The cycle continues. I volunteer and support the Center because I believe we can change the outcome and alter the cycle.”

The Center for Women in Transition reports that they are “recognized throughout Michigan as a model for excellence in both front-line client service and behind-the-scenes operations. That ongoing reputation is a credit to current and past leadership, staff and volunteers, a passionate and tireless group for whom empowering survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is more than a job -- it’s a calling.” 

You can read more about the mission of The Center for Women in Transition and how you can help by visiting their website:

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