NBKC Bank Review: Online Banking for You and Your Business

NBKC’s no-fee accounts offer an affordable solution for both your business and personal banking.
N B K C Bank Logo
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    No-fee checking and savings
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    Accounts, loans, credit cards, and more
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    Limited availability of financing products
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    Limited support hours

NBKC is a relatively small bank with just four physical locations (all in the Kansas City metro area) but nationwide online banking. On paper, NBKC seems to have a lot going for it, like no-fee accounts and high interest rates. But unlike many of the big banks, NBKC is niche enough that you probably can’t just ask your friends for their experience with NBKC.

So how do you know if NBKC will work for your business banking? Ask us instead. We'll tell you all about NBKC―who it works best for, what makes it stand out, and what customers think about it.

NBKC is best for business owners who want business and personal online banking

Strengths
Pro Bullet No-fee checking and savings
Pro Bullet High rates on savings
Pro Bullet Accounts, loans, credit cards, and more
Weaknesses
Con Bullet Limited availability of financing products
Con Bullet Limited support hours

Since this is Business.org, we tend to focus on the services that banks can offer your business rather than you personally. But we know that many people like to do their business and personal banking at the same place.

And if you go with a big, traditional bank, like Bank of America, that’s easy. But what if you prefer the convenience and affordability of online banking?

Then you’ll probably like NBKC bank. It’s one of the few online banks we’ve reviewed that offers both personal and business banking services (most offer only business banking). And luckily for you, NBKC has pretty great products for both you and your business.

NBKC fast facts

Feature
NBKC
Online banking
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Mobile banking
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In-person banking
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Branch locations
4
ATMs
34,000
24/7 support
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Customer service options
Phone, online chat

You and your business can both get no-fee checking, for example. You can also get great rates on savings accounts.

But NBKC offers more than just the basics. It has all the business banking products you need (including credit cards and treasury management) and a full suite of personal banking products too (like home loans and personal loans).

So while NBKC isn’t our favorite online bank for business, it’s still a very good choice―especially if you’re also looking for personal banking.

Let’s find out if NBKC’s business (and personal) banking will work for you by exploring its specific offerings.

NBKC checking and savings accounts

NBKC doesn’t have a huge range of business bank accounts, but you can get both checking and savings accounts.

Checking accounts

Like several other online banks, NBKC offers just one type of checking account. Fortunately, it’s a no-fee checking account, which makes it a good value for many kinds of businesses.

The account has a tiny opening deposit, and after that, you don’t have to keep any kind of minimum account balance. And as we said, it’s a no-fee account, so you won’t have to pay most of the usual fees. NBKC doesn’t charge transaction fees, ATM fees, or even overdraft and NSF (non-sufficient funds) fees.
In fact, for most businesses, you’ll only ever have to worry about outgoing wire fees.

NBKC small-business checking account

FeatureBusiness Account
Min. opening deposit$5
Monthly fee$0
Transaction fee$0
In-network ATM fee$0
Out-of-network ATM fee reimbursement$12/mo.
Domestic wire fee$5
Customer service optionsPhone, online chat
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Data effective 9/5/20. At publishing time, rates, fees, and requirements are current but are subject to change. Offers may not be available in all areas.

You can also pay some extra money (“a few bucks more”) to get some extra features for your bank account.

The ACH credits and debits add-on lets you make and receive regular ACH transfers. For example, if you want to pay employees through direct deposit or collect rent from your tenants, you’ll want this account add-on.

The desktop deposit add-on gives you scanning equipment to let you easily make deposits from your businesses. While you can deposit checks through NBKC’s mobile app for free, this add-on offers a lot more convenience if you routinely have to deposit checks.

And if you want to set some money aside, you can also add a savings account.

Savings account

You can choose from two types of business savings accounts: a money market account or a certificate of deposit.

NBKC small-business savings accounts

FeatureBusiness Money MarketBusiness CD
Min. opening deposit$0$1,000
Monthly maintenance fee$0$0
APY0.6%0.25%-0.75%
Term lengthN/A14 days-5 yrs.
Open an account

Data effective 9/5/20. At publishing time, rates, fees, and requirements are current but are subject to change. Offers may not be available in all areas.

If you choose the money market account, you’ll have some access to your funds. You’ll be limited to six transactions per month, but you can add and withdraw funds from your savings account.

Note that your money market account will have a variable interest rate―it can change over time. So while NBKC currently offers a competitive rate, it could go down (or up!) at any time.

To lock in an interest rate, you’ll want to choose the Business CD (certificate of deposit) instead. You won’t be able to touch any money in your CD for the length of your term―at least not without getting hit by an early withdrawal penalty―but you’ll have a guaranteed interest rate for that entire term.

You’ll need to have quite a bit more money upfront to get an NBKC Business CD, as it requires a minimum opening deposit of at least $1,000.

NBKC Bank's personal banking

We’ve shown you NBKC’s business bank accounts, but let’s pause for a moment to talk about what NBKC offers to individuals.

As we mentioned earlier, NBKC has a full suite of personal banking products. For example, it offers a no-fee interest-bearing personal checking account that lets you earn 0.8% on your account balance. But you can get more than just that:

  • Money market savings account
  • Certificate of deposit
  • VA home loans
  • Auto loan
  • Home equity loan
  • Other personal loans

Now, some of those loans are restricted to people in the Kansas City metro area. But no matter where you live, you can get NBKC’s great personal accounts and its home loans.

That’s pretty good for an online bank. You see, some online banks for business (like Small Business Bank) don’t offer any personal banking. At all. (In contrast, the vast majority of traditional banks offer both personal and business banking.) And while some other online banks do offer personal banking (like TIAA Bank), they don’t tend to have great reviews.

That makes NBKC the rare online bank that has plenty of personal banking services and solid customer reviews for those services (we’ll cover those more in a minute).

So if you prefer online banking and you’d like to keep your personal and business accounts in the same place, NBKC might be the perfect bank for you.

Other small-business products and services from NBKC

At this point, you know about NBKC’s business accounts and its personal accounts―but we’ve still got a few more business banking products to talk about.

Small-business financing

If you’re one of the two million(ish) people in the Kansas City metro area, you can apply for business loans from NBKC. (If you’re not in the Kansas City metro area, you can find a lender on our rankings of the best small-business loans.)

NBKC has a few different types of funding:

  • Business lines of credit
  • Inventory loans
  • Equipment loans
  • Commercial real estate loans
  • Construction loans
  • SBA loans

Unfortunately, NBKC doesn’t advertise anything about the loans themselves. We have no idea what amounts you can get, what kind of interest rates to expect, or how long the terms go. Usually, though, banks offer better rates and terms than online lenders do. So we expect NBKC to have competitive loans.

You’ll have to talk with a NBKC rep to see if you qualify though. NBKC says that borrower qualifications vary depending on the type of financing you want, but it doesn’t provide any other details.

Small-business credit cards

NBKC Bank also offers business credit cards, which are available nationwide.

If you want the lowest APR (annual percentage rate), you can go with the Visa Business Card. It has the lowest APR range, and it offers discounted rates for your first year.

And if you want rewards? You’ve got several choices. The Visa Business Real Rewards Card offers a basic rewards card that gets you points on purchases, while the Visa Business Cash Card gets you cashback (with extra cashback on many business-related expenses).

For power credit card users, NBKC also offers the Visa Business Rewards PLUS Card. It’s the only credit card that has an annual fee ($99 starting your second year), but lets you earn the most reward points.

Miscellaneous

Finally, NBKC has a few more options for businesses that want full-service banking:

  • Cash management
  • Fraud management
  • Disbursement systems
  • Collections
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NBKC Bank customer reviews

Now that you know everything that NBKC offers, let’s talk about what customers think.

To be honest, our usual sources for bank reviews don’t have a lot about NBKC. It has a 2.9 out of 5 on Trustpilot from just four reviews and a 2.3 out of 5 on Bank Branch Locator from only three reviews.1,2

As you can see from the numbers, those reviews skew pretty negative. People complain that NBKC has a difficult signup process (especially for a business account) and say that NBKC doesn’t communicate well.

But when we looked NBKC’s Better Business Bureau profile, we found almost all five-star reviews3―rare for a bank. Pretty much all of those reviews come from people who either got a new mortgage or refinanced a loan through NBKC. And those people have lots of praise for customer service reps, interest rates, and NBKC as a whole.

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Customer support hours

NBKC has pretty limited support hours for a bank―between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST. So if you do have a problem, you’ll have to wait for business hours to get help.

So will you, as a business owner, like NBKC bank? It’s hard to say. It looks like most NBKC customers like the bank quite a bit, but they’re not getting business accounts. The reviews from actual business owners weren’t great.

At the very least, NBKC hasn’t been accused of fraudulently charging customers or anything (unlike lots of big banks). So worst case, you can try NBKC. And if you don’t like it, you can choose a different bank―and you’ll only be out some time.

The takeaway

NBKC has great bank accounts for both personal and business needs. NBKC’s no-fee accounts make it highly affordable, while its competitive interest rates make it worthwhile.

Some of NBKC’s products―including loans for both businesses and individuals―have geographic limitations that make NBKC less appealing.

But for essential business and personal banking, NBKC can help no matter where you live and work.

Not ready to commit to NBKC just yet? Check out your other business banking options on our list of the best banks for small business.

Disclaimer

At Business.org, our research is meant to offer general product and service recommendations. We don't guarantee that our suggestions will work best for each individual or business, so consider your unique needs when choosing products and services.

Sources
1. Trustpilot, “NBKC Bank.” Accessed September 5, 2020.
2. Bank Branch Locator, “NBKC Bank.” Accessed September 5, 2020.
3. Better Business Bureau, “NBKC Bank.” Accessed September 5, 2020.

Chloe Goodshore
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Chloe Goodshore
Chloe covers business financing and loans for Business.org. She has worked with many small businesses over the past 10 years, from video game stores to law firms. Those years watching frustrated business owners try to sift through their many options gave her a passion for breaking down complex business topics. She wants to help business owners spend less time agonizing over their businesses so they can spend more time running them.
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