employee fraud

4 kinds of employee fraud that can destroy your business

August 28th, 2015 Cindi Schrock

Fraud can take a heavy toll on a business, costing thousands of dollars, derailing your brand and causing irreparable damage that could result in your business’s closure. Fraud can be especially damaging when it’s perpetrated by an employee – an inside job. One way to prevent employee theft is to educate yourself about the types […]

Save for college

4 alternatives to 529 college savings plans

August 21st, 2015 Diane Meggers

Considering all the costs involved with raising children, saving for college is no easy task. After paying all the bills and putting some money towards your nest egg, it can seem like there’s no money left for college savings, let alone discretionary spending. However, for most parents, putting their children’s education on hold is not […]

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Travel smarter with these mobile apps for money management

August 14th, 2015 Andrea Hartman

Using mobile travel apps can take the hassle and confusion out of managing money while traveling. Thankfully, there are multiple mobile applications for you to choose from that will make it easy for you to track your money while you’re traveling giving you more time to enjoy your trip. I’ve pulled together a list of […]

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MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Burlington Capitol Theater

August 6th, 2015 madmin

After a tumultuous 78-year history that included a 35-year period where it sat vacant and was on the brink of facing the wrecking ball, the Burlington Capitol Theater re-opened its doors in 2012 after an extensive renovation. Since its reopening, the 370-seat regional Performing Arts Center has become a pillar of the Burlington community. We […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – Aug. 6

August 6th, 2015 Charlie Funk

It’s “Go Time” for the U.S. Senate A few months ago, I wrote about the barrage of new regulation – much of it lacking in common sense – that is threatening the very fabric of hometown banking in America. The threat is real and in the two months since I penned that article, I have […]

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How to hire an accountant for your small business

July 27th, 2015 Adam McLaughlin

Although there are many aspects of your business that you can manage on your own, accounting is one area that is worth turning over to a professional. Choosing the right accountant is one of the most important decisions a small business can make. A good one can help you with your taxes and find ways […]

Managing money while traveling abroad

How to manage money while traveling abroad

July 16th, 2015 Mike Finlayson

Planning a trip can be a lot of work – especially when you’re going abroad. It can be tricky to determine the best and most efficient ways to manage your money before and during a trip. From setting a budget to exchanging foreign currency, there are lots of things to think about when traveling abroad. […]

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Business Succession: Should you pass it down or sell it?

July 9th, 2015 Cory Ahrendsen

It’s never too early to start thinking about a succession plan for your business. You’ve put a great deal of time and hard work in your business and if you want it to continue to thrive after you leave, it’s important to think about that will happen .While business succession can take many different shapes, […]

Hearthstone

MidWestOne customer spotlight: Hearthstone

July 9th, 2015 madmin

Dutch culture is a big deal in Pella. And that’s why it’s a big deal at Hearthstone, a nontraditional residential living community for seniors in Pella. Hearthstone, built in 2013, is designed as five separate households, called “Cottages.” Each Cottage offers a comforting home-like atmosphere for the residents who live there and their families. The […]

Hidden value of HSA accounts

The hidden value of HSA accounts: retirement savings

July 9th, 2015 Mark Sandvig

When you think of tax advantages for retirement, you typically think of an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b). The latest to join the array of retirement savings strategies is a health savings account, or HSA. The first thing to know is that an HSA is designed and to be treated as a way to build savings […]

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