Archive for the ‘Small Business’ Category

Disaster planning and your small business

November 9th, 2017 John Kimball

Disaster recovery planning – it’s one of those things every small business owner knows is important, but many avoid. The truth is, you just never know when a disaster will strike, and it’s important to prepare your business for such an event, just as you would your home and family. Despite the unpredictability of disasters, […]

Tips for planning for retirement as a small business owner

October 12th, 2017 Niki Prom

While operating your own business has many benefits, it comes with its fair share of unique challenges, too. One of them – planning for retirement. For many entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to funnel profits back into the company as opposed to saving for the future. While this may help your business grow, it is not necessarily […]

MidWestOne Business mobile banking is now available

September 7th, 2017 Renee Smith-LaBarge

Business banking with MidWestOne just got easier! Our new Business Mobile Banking App is now available for download. It’s simple, easy to use and comes with an array of features that makes managing your money convenient and more efficient. Convenience As a business owner, you know convenience is key when it comes to handling your […]

Jeff Quint

MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery (Part 2)

September 1st, 2017 madmin

Watch a video of Jeff talking about his experience building Cedar Ridge at the bottom of this article… Editor’s note – this is our follow-up story to the first customer spotlight we did on the distillery. You can find part one here. For Jeff Quint and his team at Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery, […]

How to measure business success – KPIs, profitability ratios and more

July 6th, 2017 Neil Roers

When you’re building a startup, chances are you’re knee-deep in the daily grind of operating your business. From refining your product or service, to building your team, to meeting with vendors or other partners, you’re probably involved in all aspects of your business. This leaves little time for anything else – especially the big picture […]

The business of giving

June 8th, 2017 Cathy Rottinghaus

Charitable giving is a business decision many business owners ignore; until the “ask” letters start piling up. Supporting causes in your local community may bring in sales, solidify relationships, impact employee morale and increase awareness of your business in the market. When your heart tells you to give, don’t just impulsively sign a donation check. […]

The pros and cons of leasing business equipment

April 6th, 2017 Todd Peterson

Whether you’ve opened a coffee shop or a manufacturing facility, you’ll need equipment to keep things running. From computers, chairs and desks to even heavy machinery, it’s possible to lease almost anything for your business. The question is – does it make financial sense? Equipment leasing can provide a lifeline for cash-strapped businesses in need […]

How to write off the expense of starting your business

March 9th, 2017 Cory Ahrendsen

As an entrepreneur you know that start-ups incur costs before officially being open for business. The good news is that you may be entitled to deduct certain start-up and organizational costs on your tax return. Let’s take a closer look at how to write off the costs of starting your new business. Two types of […]

Midwestone bank, cyber security, business tips

5 steps to protect your customers from ID theft

February 9th, 2017 Jeff Schebler

Are you taking steps to protect your customers’ personal information? Safeguarding sensitive data in your files and on your computers is just good business. After all, if that information falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud or identity theft. Recent studies estimate the cost of a security breach at around $200 per […]

Small business finances

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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