In 1935, America faced the long road to recovery following the turmoil and uncertainty of the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had just announced a massive new public works program called the Works Projects Administration (WPA) and plans for an all-inclusive social security system. The WPA was destined to create millions of jobs for the unemployed. The program restored forests, built streets and highways, constructed buildings, and extended electrical power to every rural area of the country. Social Security would soon provide a brighter future for the masses. It was during these dark and difficult days Durden Banking Company, Inc. was founded. The bank, then located in the small community called Summit, received its charter June 26, 1935 and opened its doors for business nine days later on July 5. Organizers Robert Wade Durden and wife Annie Kate Roberts Durden had a simple plan for success: “serving the needs of the community we serve.” The bank opened its doors with $38,935 in deposits and began serving a wide range of customers characterized as both large and small accounts. Today, Durden Banking Company, Inc., with 46 employees and offices located in Twin City, Swainsboro, Metter, and Millen, serves a growing customer base.
Durden Banking Company provides financial services for the customers in the area in a fair manner to meet the needs of the customer, stockholders, employees, and other parties with interest in the bank. The bank offers many products and services, including consumer, agricultural, commercial, and real estate loans, personal and business checking accounts, electronic banking, savings accounts, CDs, IRAs, ACH origination, bank-by-mail, direct deposit, notary services, safe deposit boxes, and wire transfers. Durden Bank’s purpose is to be an independent bank, locally operated to take care of the needs of the communities it serves. Durden Bank strives for consistent growth and profitability for the benefit of their stockholders, customers, and employees. The bank’s values are servant leadership, community support, accountability, and integrity, and its goal is to serve the needs of the communities it serves.
Durden Banking Company is involved in the community in various ways, such as sponsoring the “mini bank” in Emanuel County elementary schools and its Get Smart about Banking Program for high school students, teaching youth financial responsibility. The bank’s employees are involved in several community programs, including Lions Club, Rotary International, Kiwanis, PTO, the development authority, and the chamber of commerce. DBC also partners with the Red Cross to host community blood drives and has several Blue Jean Friday fundraisers benefiting local charities. Durden Bank is a collection center for Toys for Tots, and it helps in recruiting applicants for the Jan and Julian Hester Scholarship.
Durden Bank is a chamber member to be a part of a great team. The business believes the chamber and its members strengthen each other through its network.
Something interesting about this particular Chamber Member Spotlight business is that it’s locally owned. The bank’s shareholders are people who live in this community, and all decisions are made by local people.
Emanuel County Locations
111 North Railroad Avenue
Twin City, GA 30471
318 South Main Street
Swainsboro, GA 30401
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday at the Twin City office, 8:30 a.m. to noon