When it comes to entrusting your financial security to a local banking institution, you want the most capable, trustworthy hands helping you. We asked you for your favorite banks and financial institutions in Northern Michigan—here are your Top 7 winners!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge

First National Bank of St. Ignace, Main Office, St. Ignace

First National Bank of St. Ignace was founded in the late 1880’s—the main banking office on North State Street has existed in that block for more than 130 years. Today, First National Bank of St. Ignace operates six branch offices in the eastern U.P. including Mackinac Island, Cedarville, Naubinway, Newberry and two full-service branches in the St. Ignace area.

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Benzie & Leelanau Winner

Honor Bank, Honor

Founded more than one hundred years ago, Honor Bank is the go-to banking option for those who live in the area. Not because they’re one of few options, but because of the services they offer—from account options and interest rates to personalized business consulting.

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Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington

Safe Harbor Credit Union, Ludington

Safe Harbor Credit Union was chartered in 1952 by employees of the Ludington Plant of Dow Chemical Company, and has grown steadily ever since. Safe Harbor now has more than 100 member groups and their new credit union building at 1200 E. Tinkham Avenue provides drive-in services, 24-hour automated teller machine services and ample parking.

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Charlevoix & The Chain of Lakes

Alden State Bank, Elk Rapids

With history dating back to 1906, Alden State Bank is a true community institution that’s withstood the test of time. In 1961, the bank built an office at its current location at 10564 Coy Street in Alden. The bank’s continued growth warranted building a branch in Elk Rapids in 1990, Bellaire in 1998 and Central Lake in 2002.

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Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling

4Front Credit Union, Kalkaska

4Front Credit Union isn’t revered solely for their banking services—branches like the Kalkaska credit union are all about community partnerships. Causes that are near and dear to this company’s heart include community building, environmental stewardship, financial literacy, health and wellness and youth empowerment.

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Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

4Front Credit Union, US-131, Petoskey

Beyond building partnerships, 4Front Credit Union also aims to make a difference in the lives of the people in their communities through volunteering. Team members strive to live out the credit union philosophy of people helping people. To date, 4Front employees have spent more than 12,000 hours volunteering in their communities.

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Traverse City Red Hot Best Winner

4Front Credit Union, Hastings Street, Traverse City

4Front Credit Union has five Traverse City locations, including Hastings Street, and is ready to help with all of your banking needs—from personal checking and savings accounts to business loans and treasury management.

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Photo(s) by First National Bank of St. Ignace