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Small business owner accounting

Understanding your business’ critical numbers – 6 key metrics

November 20th, 2015 Chase Stafford

Running a small business is no small feat. In addition to the experience you need in your area of specialty, you’ll be forced to take on the financial aspect of operating a business, too. Although you can, of course, always hire expert help in the form of an accountant, leaning on that person too much […]

Mike Draper

MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: RAYGUN

November 5th, 2015 madmin

If you’ve lived in Iowa long enough, you’re probably familiar with Mike Draper’s work. The owner of the Des Moines-based RAYGUN store has brought t-shirts like “Des Moines: Hell Yes” and “Iowa University, Idaho City, Ohio” to the masses. What started as a single storefront in Des Moines has since blossomed into a successful online […]

How to fund your small business

5 ways to fund your business

October 26th, 2015 Luke Lesyshen

You’ve got a stellar business idea. You’ve done some market research. You’ve even pulled together a business plan. You’re ready to hit the ground running – all you need is some capital to get started. Every entrepreneur knows that financing can be one of the most important and challenging aspects of running a small business. […]

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MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: SingleSpeed Brewing

October 8th, 2015 madmin

Having spent three years perfecting his brewing technique and establishing a solid fan base in historic downtown Cedar Falls, Dave Morgan, founder of SingleSpeed Brewing Co., has set his sight on a second location for his brewery:  the historic Wonder Bread building in Waterloo. We caught up with Morgan – who is also the owner […]

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Help fight cybercrime with new online tool

September 10th, 2015 Jack Courtney

Businesses are prime targets for cybercrime. Malicious software, or malware, is the primary tool used by cybercriminals to launch account takeovers, steal valuable information and launch fraudulent transactions. What’s worse – the tactics used are changing all the time and are becoming increasingly sophisticated. That’s why it’s critical to establish an effective and sustainable defense […]

Jeff Quint

MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery

September 10th, 2015 madmin

As the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since Prohibition, Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery is at the forefront of bringing craft wine and liquor to residents in the Corridor. The family-owned winery, distillery and event space is nestled in the beautiful Iowa countryside and has been recognized nationally for its wines […]

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 […]

Burlington Capitol Theater at night

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 […]

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How to hire an accountant for your small business

July 27th, 2015 Chase Stafford

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 […]

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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, […]

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