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Save Without Really Trying

Whether you’re a small business trying to save for a large future expense or a parent trying to save for when your kids reach college age, it’s the same dilemma. How can you put money away when new expenses keep coming up? That’s especially difficult for small business owners because it’s so hard to predict when business might slow down or an unexpected expense may pop up. Your natural inclination is to keep as much cash at hand as possible. Here are 4 reasons why you should fight your natural… Read More >

Feb. 19 2019 | Posted in General News

5 Tips for Startup Success

5 Tips for Startup Success Starting a small business isn’t easy, and there’s a different set of challenges for every type of startup. There’s a lot in common, as well. Which is why we’ve compiled a list of tips from those who’ve been there to help you learn from their pitfalls and benefit from their smart moves. Get help, especially when it’s free. As a startup, there are a lot of things you’ll have to pay for, but you’ll find that help often comes free. So, when someone offers to… Read More >

Feb. 19 2019 | Posted in General News

5 Ways to Optimize Your Small Business Cash Flow

Keeping your cash flow rolling along is essential for running a small business and for your own peace of mind. You’d think it would be simple. Just make sure you have more coming in than going out. But with the ups and downs of business, it takes a smart strategy, planning and the discipline to monitor your finances on a regular basis. Here are a few tips that can help you maintain a steadier cash flow. Negotiate payment. It’s your business, so you have the power to negotiate. Make sure… Read More >

Feb. 19 2019 | Posted in General News

Coming Soon for Treasury Management Customers!

If you are a Treasury Management customer, a new statement is coming soon in addition to the monthly account statement. It is set-up to show your products, services, fees and balances in a clearly understandable presentation. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your Electronic Banking Support Team at 877-759-7939. If your business is not a Treasury Management customer but you are interested in learning about products to assist you in running your business more efficiently, learn more here or contact a member of our Treasury Management Team listed… Read More >

Jan. 29 2019 | Posted in General News

Choosing a Lender: What You Need to Know

Congratulations! You’ve found the home of your dreams, and now it’s time to choose a lender. Follow these steps to get the best deal on your mortgage. Gather Essential Information In order to choose the right mortgage for you and your family, you must know the basics. Become familiar with loan terms, interest rates, and any extra fees incurred when buying a home.  Access Your Finances Before you apply for a home loan, determine what you can afford. Essential elements to consider are how much debt you have, what your… Read More >

Jan. 29 2019 | Posted in General News

Protect Your Small Business Account

Corporate Account Takeover – Business Identity Theft – Commercial Account Fraud – these are all different terms that add up to the same thing: cyberthieves gaining control of a business’ finances by stealing employee passwords and other valid credentials and then using the information to steal customer information, transfer funds from the company, make unauthorized transactions, etc. Scary. So how do you protect your business, and in turn your customer’s information, from fraud? Make sure your online activities are secure: Never use unprotected internet connections. If your server warns you… Read More >

Jan. 29 2019 | Posted in General News

Is Rest the Key to Business Success?

Working harder, longer, faster gets the best results, right? Well, maybe not. After all, there’s a reason for the old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” With increasing numbers of business owners and entrepreneurs reporting exhaustion, burnout, and crippling anxiety, people are beginning to think that there must be a better way. Turns out, there is. Being busy and being productive are two entirely different things. Being busy implies that you are filling the hours of the day with work. Being productive means that the work… Read More >

Jan. 29 2019 | Posted in General News

Financial Podcasts Are A Wise Investment

Learning about money has to be hard and boring, right? It has to take a long time, and it’s never entertaining. Wrong! Financial podcasts are here to change the way you think about financial education.  And now is the perfect time of year to find a few new podcasts to add to your playlists. Apple has its ‘best of’ lists out, and lots of other critics are weighing in with their favorite shows. From true crime to sports, to comedy, there are so many podcasts out there to entertain and… Read More >

Dec. 21 2018 | Posted in General News

Get your Small-Business Finances Organized

Owning and running a small business can be challenging. There are a million little things to take care of and lots of big things that cannot be ignored. We’ve brought together our 6 top tips to get your small-business finances organized. Follow these suggestions to gain peace-of-mind and to thrive in your business! 1.  Keep a Separate Bank Account Congratulations! Your business is making money. Now it’s time to separate your business and personal finances.  Why is it important to have separate accounts? You appear far more professional to clients… Read More >

Dec. 21 2018 | Posted in General News

3 Fears That Plague Most Entrepreneurs

To overcome our fears, we must face them head on and find ways to move past them. Because entrepreneurs face common challenges, they also can suffer from similar fears. The 3 following fears will be familiar to most entrepreneurs and business owners. If you have fallen prey to any of these common fears, you can take comfort that other people have felt the same way, and still found a path to success.  1. Fear of change Change is unavoidable. The very nature of life is change and business and technology… Read More >

Dec. 21 2018 | Posted in General News