Genuine Northwest, Winter Edition

Check out these unique destinations that reflect the genuine character of our region.

Local Bankers Support Local Businesses

When times are tough, expert advice makes a difference, Bill Mullins, of Crystal Lake Bank & Trust, explains how the staff at a community bank makes a difference for local customers.

Success Story: Kinnare & Associates

Meet a financial adviser who used her wide experiences to get away from the desk and in front of the clients. Discover how this number-cruncher found success by following her passions.

MONEY 101: Make the Most of Your Cash Management

Our business cycles start and end with money, so it’s essential to move cash efficiently. Here’s what you need to know about the fundamental tools of cash management and the advanced tools that can help you make the most of every dollar.

Business Growth: Five Things to Know Before You Grow

Despite waves of uncertainty in today’s marketplace, opportunities abound. Many small businesses and civic organizations are expanding operations or acquiring weaker competitors. Local marketing and finance professionals offer five things to consider before growing your enterprise.

Community Banks: Risks and Rewards of Online Banking

Nearly 60 percent of Americans are accessing their finances online, and they love the convenience. But, as with all activities online, security is a concern. Learn how locally owned and operated banks hold an advantage in safeguarding customers.

Why Refinance Your First Mortgage Now, and What is HARP?

Thanks to historically low interest rates, it’s never been easier to save money on your mortgage. Nick Sisto, from STC Capital Bank, offers advice for homeowners looking to take advantage of these unusual times.

Community Banks: Small but Mighty

Think George Baley and his Building & Loan, if you like. Locally-owned community banks one-up their larger competition by being familiar and engaging with the community. Discover how five local bank presidents view you, the customer.