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Mercantile Bank Corporation To Ring Opening Bell At NASDAQ Market Site

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: MBWM) ("Mercantile") announced today that Chairman, President and CEO Michael Price will preside over the opening bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., ET. Mr. Price will be joined by Robert Kaminski, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Charles Christmas, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The Company's 15-year anniversary is being recognized by several events, including the NASDAQ opening ceremony, a contest in which Mercantile donated $20,000 to local charities in West Michigan, and a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, December 14 th, 2012 to re-dedicate their headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

"We are proud of our many successes over the past 15 years, and jointly celebrating with our shareholders at NASDAQ and with our employees and customers at our home office is a perfect way to recognize this key milestone," said Mr. Price.  "We are pleased with the relentless work over the past decade and a half to not only build our organization to its current strengthened position, but also the part we played in helping grow the organizations within the communities we serve.  We look forward to many future successes."

A live webcast of the NASDAQ Opening Bell will be available at: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx

About Mercantile Bank Corporation

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mercantile Bank Corporation is the bank holding company for Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Founded in 1997 to provide banking services to businesses, individuals and governmental units, the Bank differentiates itself on the basis of service quality and the expertise of its banking staff. Mercantile has seven full-service banking offices in Grand Rapids, Holland and Lansing, Michigan. Mercantile Bank Corporation's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "MBWM."

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains comments or information that constitute forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results expressed in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and nontraditional competitors; changes in banking regulation or actions by bank regulators; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; the impact of technological advances; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; changes in local real estate values; changes in the national and local economies; and other factors, including risk factors, disclosed from time to time in filings made by Mercantile with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mercantile undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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