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Employee Insights – Tony Collins

Tony Collins recently joined the Pinnacle Bank team as Senior Vice President, Market Executive, bringing with him over 45 years of banking experience. He has truly “done it all at the bank!” Tony grew up in Lula, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1975 with a degree in Political Science. After college, he began his banking career in Gainesville, and in 1983, he graduated from the University of Virginia’s Retail School for Bank Management. Tony’s banking experience includes bank operations, finance and accounting, bank administration, commercial and… Read More >

Jul. 1 2020 | Posted in General News

Employee Spotlight – Shane Sheppard

Shane Sheppard is Pinnacle Bank’s Mortgage Sales Team Leader, offering more than 21 years of mortgage sales and banking experience.    Shane was born and raised in Augusta, GA, and educated at Augusta State University. He is a certified mortgage specialist through the School of Mortgage Banking in Georgia and a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Augusta. Shane has received many awards for customer service and revenue generation over the years.    Besides the experience he carries in the banking industry, Shane has worked diligently to fundraise for… Read More >

Jun. 23 2020 | Posted in General News

You Need a Vacation – Take One

When was the last time you disconnected from your office – no phone calls, no emails, nothing? Consider this example: You’re on vacation, sitting on a beach chair, enjoying the sun. You have your phone with you to enjoy some music, and you decide to check your email. You see an email from your office, and you open it. Someone emailed you with a question, so you respond. Then you respond to another email and start thinking, “I can just do a few things while I’m sitting here.” Before you… Read More >

Jun. 22 2020 | Posted in Personal

Sleep is Essential to Managing a Successful Business

It’s 1 a.m. What are you doing? Hopefully, you’re sleeping – especially if you’re managing your own business. But many of us don’t get the sleep we need, which hampers our success in the long run. Sleep experts say a good night of rest (usually around seven to eight hours of sleep) allows every system in our body to function optimally. In fact, sleep plays a critical role in our emotional and physical health, including our ability to combat illness.* How can you get the rest you need to manage… Read More >

Jun. 22 2020 | Posted in General News

Use Content to Generate Leads in Five Simple Steps

Step #1: Use the Right Topics. Good content requires that you start with relevant topics. Answer the following questions to generate a list of content ideas: What mistakes do your customers typically make, requiring you (or one of your employees) to intercede? What expertise do you have that others don’t? What advice do your customers or employees seek from you regularly? What are the “hot topics” in your industry, and how do you address them? Why is your business unique from other “like” businesses? How does your brand differ from… Read More >

Jun. 22 2020 | Posted in General News

Four Ways to Build Wealth Using a Budget

Budgets are one of the best ways to manage your money. Yet, many don’t like to take the time to put a budget together. And once they create one, they find it challenging to stay within it. But did you know that creating and maintaining a reasonable budget can help you build wealth? Here are four ways to build your wealth using a budget: #1: Create Realistic Goals That Focus on Your Desired Future. Before you begin to build your budget, you must define how your future looks. For example,… Read More >

Protect Your Business with Credit Card Controls

As a small business owner, you probably feel like your days fly by. Juggling family time and work time changes daily. And with everything on your plate, you may not realize how vulnerable your business is to fraud. Unfortunately, with all the uncertainty looming around and new things you likely have to deal with right now, fraud continues to rise. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, just start with your business credit card. Consider these simple ways to protect your business from fraud: Set up alerts on your card. One of… Read More >

Seven Steps to Create a Tranquil Work Environment

During this time of uncertainty, your home is your sanctuary – and it may also be where you run your business. Whether you’re at home or your office, what steps can you take to create a more peaceful, stress-free environment? Create a space to relax. We’re not talking about an employee lounge, but a calm area where you or your employees can go to decompress. Play soft music, add a comfy chair or sofa and keep the lights dim. If you’re working from home, your dedicated “relaxation” room can be… Read More >

May. 26 2020 | Posted in Business, Managing Your Business

Five Easy Ways to Manage Your Business Remotely

More and more Americans are managing their businesses remotely – whether from home or while traveling. And more recently, it’s been the way many companies have stayed relevant during mandated stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders. If you’ve just started managing your business remotely, or you’re ready to take the plunge on a more consistent basis, consider these five critical tips for ultimate success. Tip #1: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Communication is an essential element of managing your business remotely – and you can never do too much of it. The more you… Read More >

What are Your Business Lending Options?

Whether you’ve been in business for a few months or many years, access to funds is vital for your growth and sustainability. To that end, you may need to get a loan to help. But, which type of loan is the best fit for your business? To answer this question, take a look at your lending options to determine how they fit into your financial plan. Consider how much cash you need, how quickly you can repay your loan, and whether you can provide collateral.  Here are five common types… Read More >