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Six Tips to Keep Employees Engaged

Your employees are critical to your company’s success. Ultimately, you want engaged employees who help customers in the same way you would. And while you may hire people with this in mind, how do you maintain that same focus each day? Plus, with many employees working remotely, how do you keep them engaged and excited about your company? Here are six tips to reward and recognize your employees — an essential way to keep them engaged: Recognize employees at in-person or virtual meetings. Whether in person or at a remote… Read More >

Feb. 8 2021 | Posted in General News

Five Easy Ways to Get Paid Faster in 2021

As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats and juggle many different responsibilities. But above anything else on your plate, you know it’s imperative customers pay you on time. You need cash flow to manage your business, pay your debt and invest in your growth. Here are five easy ways to get paid faster: State your payment terms clearly. Before you begin any work with a customer, settle your terms and conditions. It’s best to have an agreement in place that clearly defines your company’s expectations for… Read More >

Feb. 8 2021 | Posted in General News

Six Ways to Automate Your Most Critical Business Tasks

Can you imagine doing less administrative work and spending more time making money? Yes, it’s possible with the right tools in place. Let’s take a look at six ways to automate your business so you can spend more time on what matters most. Payroll. No one enjoys dealing with payroll, whether adding new employees to your payroll system, collecting and filing paper forms, or submitting payroll or tax payments each month. And that’s not even mentioning year-end reporting and paperwork preparation. It’s not as expensive as you may think to… Read More >

Feb. 8 2021 | Posted in General News

Employee Insights – Mike Starrett

Mike Starrett was recently promoted to be a Senior Vice President, Director of Business Development at Pinnacle Bank, bringing over 30 years of expertise to this position. Mike lives in Hartwell, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He immediately entered the banking industry and has enjoyed his time in this field ever since. One of the most enjoyable parts of his job is the chance to meet business leaders from different industries and walks of life. Mike loves learning each person’s… Read More >

Feb. 1 2021 | Posted in General News

Employee Insights – Darlene Brown

Darlene Brown serves as the Branch Manager of the Commerce Office, bringing with her over 41 years of banking experience. Hailing from Hartwell, Georgia, Darlene started her banking career as a teller and worked her way through various positions, including new accounts and loan processor. In 1992, she was promoted to Branch Manager and Lender, where she continued to learn more about the financial needs of those in her community. In 2008, she became part of the Pinnacle Bank family and now serves as the Branch Manager and Loan Processor… Read More >

Jan. 29 2021 | Posted in General News

When to Shred and Not to Shred – You Decide

Legally, someone can look through your trash and gather anything desired; it’s called “dumpster diving.” But it’s against the law to use any information gathered to commit fraud. The best way to keep someone from using your information to steal your money or identity is to regularly shred your critical documents. What should you shred? You should shred anything with your account number, birth date, signature, or Social Security number. Here’s a quick list of items to shred after you no longer need them: Receipts Expired credit or debit cards… Read More >

Jan. 12 2021 | Posted in General News

Employee Perks that Work for Small Businesses

It has become more and more challenging to attract and keep the right talent. And while company benefits are a significant way to stay competitive, you need more to keep your most valuable employees happy and recruit new hires. That’s where employee perks come into play. Employee perks are non-wage services or amenities, which are different from standard employee benefits, such as insurance and retirement options. Instead, these perks build morale and can attract top talent to your company. Here are some common examples of employee perks: Flexible work hours… Read More >

Jan. 12 2021 | Posted in General News

Five Simple Steps to Create a Brand Ambassador Program

A brand ambassador is someone who promotes your business, helping to increase sales and brand awareness. At the most basic level, brand ambassadors will give your business a shout-out on social media or their blog. You can either hire or recruit ambassadors for your company or provide a way for customers to sign on voluntarily. Here are five steps to take to start your brand ambassador program: Establish realistic goals. Usually, a brand ambassador program focuses more on creating brand awareness than anything else. The sales will come later. Knowing… Read More >

Jan. 12 2021 | Posted in General News

Paycheck Protection Program

Dear Customers, Pinnacle Bank is excited by the opportunity to serve our customers again through the Paycheck Protection Program. This new version of the program will allow borrowers who did not receive a PPP loan last year to obtain a loan (subject to eligibility requirements). Most importantly, the program enables the hardest-hit businesses to receive a second PPP loan. Existing PPP borrowers are eligible to receive a second loan if they have 300 or fewer employees and experienced a decline in revenue of 25% or more in any quarter of 2020 compared to… Read More >

Jan. 11 2021 | Posted in General News

Employee Insights – Jenny Wofford

We’d like to congratulate Jenny Wofford for her recent promotion to SVP, Director of Retail Banking at Pinnacle Bank. Jenny started her banking career as a teller in 1997 and fell in love with banking. She has worked in all customer-facing positions within Pinnacle and hasn’t stopped learning. While at Pinnacle, she’s worked as a Branch Manager, Retail Sales Manager and the VP, Branch Administration before this promotion. In her current position, Jenny will work with Pinnacle’s retail team to find ways to meet our customers’ changing needs. If you… Read More >

Jan. 5 2021 | Posted in General News