ConnectOne Bancorp to Ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell

ConnectOne Bancorp to Ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell

Bank Celebrates One Year Anniversary as a Public Company

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Feb. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ConnectOne Bancorp,
Inc. (Nasdaq:CNOB), the holding company for ConnectOne Bank, a top performing
community bank, will ring the Closing Bell at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday,
February 12, 2014 at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. The bell ringing
ceremony will honor ConnectOne's one-year anniversary as a publicly-traded
company on NASDAQ.

"Today, ConnectOne Bank is celebrating the tremendous strides we made during
our first year as a public company," said Frank Sorrentino, Chairman and CEO
of ConnectOne Bancorp. "We surpassed $1 billion in assets and recently entered
into a merger agreement with Center Bancorp, to expand our reach serving
middle market commercial businesses in some of the most affluent counties in
New Jersey. This unprecedented growth reflects our world-class customer
service and continued investment in technology and is a tribute to our team
and customers."

A live webcast of the bell ringing ceremony will be available from 3:45 p.m.
to approximately 4:00 p.m. on February 12, 2014 at
http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.

Mr. Sorrentino will be joined at the Closing Bell ceremony by members of the
Company's management team.

About ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc.

ConnectOne (Nasdaq:CNOB) is a registered bank holding company pursuant to the
Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, that was formed in 2008 to serve
as the holding company for ConnectOne Bank ("the Bank"). The Bank is a
community-based, full-service New Jersey-chartered commercial bank that was
founded in 2005. The Bank operates from its headquarters located at 301 Sylvan
Avenue in the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County, New Jersey, and
through its seven other banking offices.

ConnectOne has a strong commitment to the communities it serves and is ranked
by SNL Financial as one of the country's top performing community banks with
assets between $500 million and $5 billion. Additionally, CNOB received a top
10 ranking on NJBIZ's 50 Fastest Growing Companies List and was named the
publication's Business of the Year in 2012.

CNOB is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, and a member of the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. For more information, call
201-816-8900, or visit the Bank's website at www.ConnectOneBank.com.

CONTACT: Rachel Gerber
         MWW - Public Relations
         Phone: 646.215.6889
         Email: rgerber@mww.com
 
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