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5 Tips for Small Business Stress Management

From an original article by Mike Kappel, Entrepreneur Owning a business is both rewarding and stressful. Stress can come from lack of sales, debt, employee conflict, or any host of issues. It is mentally and physically draining. By learning to handle the stress, you can focus on growing your business and enjoying the success that follows. Here are some stress relievers: Remember what’s going right. It’s easy to let a negative overshadow all of the positive aspects of your business. Make a list of your accomplishments, even the smallest ones…. Read More >

Jan. 30 2018 | Posted in General News

Protect Your “Cyber Home” with a Solid Foundation

From an original article by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation As we all do more tasks such as shopping and banking on our computers, tablets, and smartphones, the need to keep our devices and networks secured has never been more important. Just as your home has locks to deter criminals from stealing your personal belongings, your electronic assets need to be properly protected to prevent theft. Otherwise, it’s like leaving your front door wide open. Here are tips for cybersecurity: Use a firewall program – A firewall is a combination… Read More >

Jan. 30 2018 | Posted in General News

How Safe Are Your Business Checks?

With all of the headlines about data breaches and online security, it’s easy for some people to forget about the threat of check fraud. We haven’t. If you are a business checking customer at Pinnacle Bank and order your checks through Harland Clarke, you are automatically protected by CheckArmor® Check Fraud Recovery. If check fraud ever occurs, a certified fraud resolution specialist will guide you through the recovery process, replace your check, and if necessary, advance funds for any losses from the affected checking account. Fraudulent Acts Covered by CheckArmor:… Read More >

Jan. 30 2018 | Posted in General News

Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse

From the American Bankers Association People over 50 years old control over 70 percent of the nation’s wealth. Because of that, fraudsters are using new tactics to take advantage of older Americans. Senior financial abuse is estimated to have cost victims at least $2.9 billion last year alone. However, there are simple steps that can help you or your loved one from falling prey. Tips for Seniors: • Shred receipts, bank statements, and unused credit card offers. • Never pay a fee or taxes to collect sweepstakes “winnings.” • Consult… Read More >

Dec. 7 2017 | Posted in General News

Be On Guard Online

From the American Bankers Association The internet is more than just easy access to information; it can also leave you vulnerable to fraud, identity theft, and other scams. It’s a global issue impacting hundreds of millions of people worldwide every year. The following tips can help keep you and your family safe online. The American Bankers Association recommends: Keep your computers and mobile devices up-to-date – Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic… Read More >

Dec. 7 2017 | Posted in General News

Boost Your Energy At Work

From an original article by Rose Leadem, Entrepreneur There’s a lot more to staying energized and engaged throughout your workday than constant trips to the coffee machine. Getting adequate sleep and starting your day right is also important. However, there are things you can do at work that can help you avoid the frequent onset of fatigue and drowsiness. Here are just a few suggestions: • Stay hydrated – Keep a large water bottle on your desk to remind yourself to take frequent sips. Dehydration is one of the top… Read More >

Dec. 7 2017 | Posted in General News

Millennials and Their Money: The Connection Between Education and Finances

From an original article by Mark Fowser, WDEL A college degree is still the key to opening the door to financial security. The question these days is whether or not they can afford the escalating cost of higher education. According to a recent survey, young adults who have tried college but were unable to attain a degree were more likely to have financial concerns – even more than those who had a high school diploma. Other interesting results from the survey include: 75 percent of degree holders who did not… Read More >

Oct. 27 2017 | Posted in General News

Security Tips for Accepting Online Payments

From an original article by John Rampton, Entrepreneur Security is important to your customers; therefore, it’s also crucial to the success of your business. If a customer has their credit card information stolen as a result of doing business with you, how likely are they to continue to support your business? As consumers continue to make more payments online, providing that option is essential to offering customers the convenience they expect and demand. But with that convenience comes extra risk. Here are some tips to keep credit card information safe… Read More >

Oct. 27 2017 | Posted in General News

Moving On From Your First Credit Card

From an original article by Claire Tsosie, NerdWallet Your first credit card helped you build credit – an important first step. However, after years of on-time payments, you’re looking for more out of your credit card, like a higher limit and better benefits. Is it time to move on? Could be. Consider the following points before making your choice. When to Move On: You can qualify for more rewards or a lower interest rate You want a higher limit that coincides with a higher income Your spending has changed, e.g.,… Read More >

Oct. 27 2017 | Posted in General News

Protecting Your Identity

From an original article by American Bankers Association  Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. About every two seconds, an American falls victim to identity fraud. American Bankers Association (ABA) recommends the following tips to keep your information (and money) safe: Don’t share your secrets – Never provide your social security number or account information to anyone who contacts you online or over the phone. Protect your PINs and passwords as well. Shred sensitive papers – That includes bank statements, receipts, and unused credit… Read More >

Sep. 19 2017 | Posted in General News