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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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