Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – 2017 predictions

January 12th, 2017 Charlie Funk

As the calendar turns and we enter the New Year, I thought it would be useful to share a few of my own bank-related forecasts for 2017. Note that this sort of thing is usually folly as few predict the future with much certainty. We are going to see higher interest rates in 2017. While interest […]

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Most popular blog articles of 2016

January 12th, 2017 madmin

It’s the beginning of a new year and everyone is filled with good intentions. As you make resolutions about your personal relationships and your health, don’t forget about your finances. January is the perfect time to complete those money management tasks you’ve been pushing off for 12 months. We’ve pulled together the most popular money […]

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Our most read small business articles from 2016…

January 12th, 2017 madmin

From identity theft to company valuations and renting commercial space, the most popular small business articles in 2016 were all about ways to become more effective and organized about running your small business. We hope you enjoy this collection of top 2016 articles and find use in our tips and insights! Lease or buy commercial […]

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A note from Charlie – holiday reflections

December 8th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I remember it as if it were yesterday.  We spent an early November night sitting in the stands at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport watching the City High Little Hawks have their season come to an end in the state play-offs. Connie and I then drove home and we were in bed by 10:30. Sometime […]

How to spend less time on administrative and accounting tasks

December 2nd, 2016 Niki Prom

More time – it’s what all small business owners want and few have. Many entrepreneurs surrender to the late nights and early mornings that can come with building a company from the ground up – especially if they’ve taken on a jack-of-all-trades role. But for many, this type of schedule is not sustainable – especially […]

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10 reasons to perform a company valuation

November 10th, 2016 Chad Lindgren

Do you know what your business is worth? Your local assessor’s office knows what your house is worth. With just a few clicks on the Blue Book website, you can find out what your car is worth. You can easily find the value of your mutual fund. Why, then, is it so common to come […]

Your guide to smart spending during the holidays

November 10th, 2016 madmin

The holiday season is just around the corner and we all know how challenging the time period can be on our budgets. After all – with gifts, entertaining, decorations and more, it’s not surprising that many people find it challenging to keep spending in check. In this article you’ll find a collection of posts about […]

Is a third-party executor the best choice for you?

Is a third-party executor the best choice for you?

October 20th, 2016 Dennis Mitchell

One topic that invariably comes up during the estate planning process is the designation of an executor. The executor is the person or persons you designate in your will to carry out your directions and to dispose of your assets as you have instructed. Generally, the role of the executor is to make sure debts […]

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Operating a small business? Here are our best money management tips …

October 6th, 2016 madmin

As a small business owner, one of the most intimidating aspects of running a business can often be managing the finances. Being a subject-matter expert in your chosen profession means that you may not have experience with the day-to-day aspects of running a business, let alone overseeing the finances. That’s where expert help is crucially […]

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A note from Charlie – the practices of a small town banker

October 6th, 2016 Charlie Funk

I’ve been writing occasional articles about the “keys to success” for banks – large and small – as described by JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. I have received much feedback about these articles and I do, of course, appreciate each note of comment. Today, I will write about the practices of a small town banker, […]

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