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Be Dollar Wise
Resources and insights you need to know from our banking experts.
Financing Your New Home Construction

Although it may not be as enjoyable as selecting your paint colors, hardwood flooring or kitchen cabinets, the financing of your new home is an important and integral part of a successful new home construction project. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors in securing financing for building your new home.

Fortify Your Business Against Cybersecurity Threats
Cybercrime can hurt your business badly whether it takes the form of a sophisticated data breach that compromises all of your clients’ sensitive information or a simple phishing scam that catches one employee off guard. Strengthening your company’s resistance to cyber threats doesn’t have to be costly or overwhelming, but it does take a commitment to continuing education and strategic action. A well-informed, vigilant team is your best defense against attacks on your assets and reputation.
The Latest Cyber Scams: Protect Yourself and Your Business

Keeping up with new and emerging cybersecurity scams requires constant vigilance. Scams are continually evolving, as bad actors strive to stay a step ahead of their potential victims. Here are three of today’s most common cybersecurity risks, along with tips for protecting yourself and your business.

10 Ways to Protect Your Business from Payment Fraud
Businesses of all types and sizes need to protect themselves against payment fraud and are not covered by the Consumer Protection Act. If your business falls victim to a fraudulent transaction, it will bear the brunt of that loss. It’s up to you to put safeguards into place.
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Refinancing Your Student Loans
As the federal pause on student loan payments comes to an end, it's wise to create a plan for repaying any outstanding student debt you may have. Many college graduates and their parents choose to refinance their debt, combining multiple outstanding student loans (private and/or federal) into a single new loan, for any variety of reasons.
Financial Tips for Recent College Grads
When the excitement of college graduation fades and the next chapter of your life begins, it's smart to spend some time figuring out how to best manage your finances. Your life is changing; your spending and saving habits are likely to change, too. The following tips are designed to help you take control of your finances confidently and competently.
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Which Credit Card Is Right For Me?
Credit cards have become a way of life for many American consumers. The challenge is finding the right credit card for yourself when there are so many to choose from. Your choice may begin in deciding whether a low rate credit card or a rewards credit card is right for you. Finding the right credit card is important, so take your time comparing your options before you apply. 
Building Your Brand Image Through Compelling Content
Savvy business leaders harness the power of brand-building content to connect with their audiences in exciting new ways as they introduce novel ideas, promote products and services, highlight their corporate vision and establish themselves as authoritative voices in their respective fields. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your content fresh and make the most of its (regal) potential.
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Empower Yourself by Saving
If you've ever had to wonder where you're going to get the money to cover unexpected medical costs or car repairs, home renovations or this year's vacation, then you already know how important savings can be. The money you save can serve as a safety net as well as a means to buy what you need or want. Saving empowers us by keeping our focus on our financial goals and providing a financial cushion in case we need it.
Celebrating Small Businesses in May and Every Day
May is National Small Business Month! Communities across the nation benefit from the presence and activities of small businesses. Small companies are known for creating local jobs, keeping cash circulating through the economy, serving in civic leadership roles and otherwise promoting the stability and well-being of communities.