Message from the President – Spring 2022

Globally and locally, change is all around us. As I sit down to write this message to you, I am mindful of all of the change happening throughout the world. First, we are witnessing a senseless war occurring in Eastern Europe, which most of the free world views as purely barbaric. Families broken and lives shifted forever. Towns leveled. Residences […]

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Remote Workforce & Banking

Ways to increase financial security and banking efficiency in a remote work environment.   It’s no secret that remote work is here to stay. Even prior to the pandemic, many jobs and business models were going virtual. However, the COVID-19 pandemic gave the rest of us an emergency trial run for virtual business — which led to some surprising results […]

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Is Your Business on the Digital Shelf?

Ways to get your business on the digital shelf and in front of post-pandemic consumers.   Think back to 2019…do you remember how you shopped? Groceries. Services. Entertainment. Gifts. Cars. Homes. In 2020, what services and purchases weren’t affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? Your shopping habits changed because businesses changed. Businesses were forced to find new solutions to keep their […]

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How to Interview a Bank for Your Business

If you haven’t thought about this before, it may feel unnatural to walk into a bank and interview them for your business. But you wouldn’t hire a new employee without thorough vetting. Why should your bank be any different? After all, they literally hold the pulse of your business (funds) in their hands. Like any other business relationship, having the […]

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10 Good Reasons Local Schools, Governments, and Non-Profits Should Pledge to Bank with a Community Bank

The foundation of a good community is often its schools and local governments, businesses, and non-profits. Their influence trickles into the daily lives of every resident so they can live out their best possible lives. From infrastructure to education, to safety and emergency services, local organizations ensure the community’s future success. One component of being good stewards for residents is […]

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Account Fraud and How to Protect Your Business

How often does account fraud really happen? Fraud can happen anywhere with any business; however, small businesses, can be especially vulnerable. This is because they usually lack the resources to implement internal controls, IT security, or properly segregate duties amongst limited staff. Historically, periods of economic misfortune or uncertainty drive higher rates of fraud as people may become desperate for […]

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