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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 […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie: July 9

July 9th, 2015 Charlie Funk

It’s not a secret Americans are loaded with personal debt. Even after the economic challenges of the last recession, the average American is carrying a higher debt load. According to the Federal Reserve, total U.S. consumer debt in 2014 amounted to a staggering $11.85 trillion. That includes revolving debt, such as credit cards, and other […]

Endow Iowa

What is the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program?

June 29th, 2015 Cathy Rottinghaus

When making financial decisions for retirement and estate planning, it’s common to consider charitable objectives. Giving through a community foundation to the causes you care about is rewarding – in more ways than one. Planned giving can help reduce a taxable estate or reduce capital gains on a highly appreciated asset. Charitable gifts create a […]

Save money this summer

Tips for saving money in the summer

June 4th, 2015 Jeff Johnson

Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s time for vacations, pool parties, grilling and finding something (ANYTHING!) to occupy your children. There are also more opportunities to lose track of your spending. How can you beat the financial heat? First, you need to take a close look at your summer plans. Are you going to […]

New Pioneer Co-op

MidWestOne customer spotlight: New Pioneer Co-op

June 4th, 2015 madmin

When New Pioneer Food Co-op was formed in 1971, its founders were committed to environmental stewardship and sought food that was naturally delicious and healthy. After more than 40 years in business, the Co-op continues to offer local, organic food to the Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids Corridor. More than 33,000 community members own […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie: June 4

June 4th, 2015 Charlie Funk

Summer is here. Below is a sort of financial checklist to use. The list is not all inclusive nor is it centered on any particular theme other than good financial practices.  These are things that involve good common sense, but oftentimes we find that persons can get lazy or complacent and do not do what […]

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