A note from Charlie – Mar. 5

March 5th, 2015 madmin

March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week. Identity theft is someone else’s problem. That is, until it happens to you! The following is a practical guide that offers important steps to follow and ways to enlist help from your financial institution: Don’t share your secrets. Don’t provide your Social Security number or account information to anyone who […]

Signature transactions vs. PIN transactions: What’s the difference?

March 5th, 2015 madmin

“Swipe your card.” We hear it in restaurants, gas stations and retail stores. It’s fast. It’s convenient. And, it’s a growing trend. The number of people using check cards is increasing at a very fast rate. In 2012, check card transactions were accountable for purchases reaching over $2 trillion in the United States, and that […]

5 common mistakes new entrepreneurs make

March 5th, 2015 madmin

Starting a new business can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time. The thrill of introducing your product or service to the world can be clouded by the stress of long to-do lists. Getting your marketing in order. Hiring employees. Finding the right name for your business. All of these things are important decisions that can […]

MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Viewpoint Molecular Targeting

March 5th, 2015 madmin

Curing cancer − it’s an enormous undertaking, even for the geniuses on our planet. It requires an astronomical amount of knowledge, research, and funding. The vision and enthusiasm developed for doing such a thing is becoming a reality for Mike Schultz, Chief Science Officer at Viewpoint Molecular Targeting. When Mike began his career at the […]

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Online shopping: How to ensure your financial information is safe online

February 26th, 2015 madmin

Finally! Now, you can purchase a brand new TV, while watching your favorite TV show. If you notice you are almost out of pet food, you can order more vittles with your pet in your lap. When you get hungry, you can order food in 30 seconds, or less, without picking up your phone. You […]

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Four ways to be a frugal CEO

February 23rd, 2015 Corey Ahrendsen

You’ve dreamed about it for years, and it’s finally becoming reality – your own business. While launching a business is exciting, it can also be extremely expensive. Frugality can be a lifesaver, especially in those early stages before your business becomes profitable. We offer four ways to help you keep costs down and be a […]

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Paying student loans vs. saving for retirement

February 17th, 2015 Mark Sandvig

What should you do? Pay off your student loans so you can feel like you’ve successfully escaped a large financial boulder from crushing you? Or, use a portion of your paycheck to live more comfortably, many years from now? Either way, you’re putting your money towards something you cannot see. You see money going out, […]

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Exchanging Foreign Currency

February 11th, 2015 Angie Brown

You just took a phenomenal vacation through Europe and came back with some extra euros. Now what do you do with that currency? Maybe you are planning a trip to Japan and would like to exchange some money before you leave. How do you go about acquiring yen? Whether you are buying or selling foreign […]

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MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: John’s Grocery

February 5th, 2015 madmin

When a small mom and pop establishment opens its doors in 1948 and continues to thrive in the midst of modern challenges, there is a reason for its success. In the case of John’s Grocery in the heart of Iowa City, there are several reasons. John’s Grocery, an Iowa City tradition, has stayed focused on […]

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A note from Charlie – Feb. 5

February 5th, 2015 Charlie Funk

It was time for vacation! My wife, Connie, and I had planned to take the week after New Year’s off and visit a warmer climate. With a horrible weather forecast for the Midwest, it seemed like it was going to be the perfect week for vacation. Things did not get off to a smooth start. When we […]

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