Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie – March 6, 2014

March 6th, 2014 Charlie Funk

It was a scene that, unfortunately, has been repeated too many times over the past six years. It began innocently enough … While vacationing in Palm Desert, California, my wife and I decided to attend church services at a familiar church on Saturday night. We arrived about five minutes early and the couple sitting in […]

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5 fail-safe ways to grow your savings

February 28th, 2014 Kara Sabo

Like dieting and exercising, saving money is one of those things that all of us know we should be doing, but often don’t. With everyday expenses, future priorities like college and retirement savings quickly fall off the radar because they simply seem less important. In a recent article on CNN Money, Sendhil Mullainathan, a professor […]

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10 timely tax time tips

February 14th, 2014 Jeff Burkhart

The income tax filing season has begun, and important tax documents should be arriving in your mailbox. Although your return is not due until April 15, you can make tax time easier on yourself with an early start. Here are 10 tips to help ensure a smooth tax-filing process. 1. Create a system for organizing […]

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MidWestOne customer spotlight: Sidecar Coffee

February 6th, 2014 madmin

For Andy Fuchtman it’s still hard to believe that the simple question “Do you like coffee?” has completely changed his life. That’s what Brent Dahlstrom asked him in late 2012 when he was looking for a partner to launch a coffee shop on College Hill in Cedar Falls. After months of planning, the idea came to […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie

February 6th, 2014 Charlie Funk

Sometime during my first job in banking in the early 1980s, my wise boss offered me a piece of good advice. He said that everyone (repeat: “everyone”) should have at least three months of their salary sitting in a savings account for emergency purposes. He went on to say that “I prefer six months, but […]

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3 questions about banking – answered

January 31st, 2014 Kevin Crall

With its countless regulations and slang vocabulary, the financial services industry can sometimes be difficult to understand. In this series, MidWestOne employees will be answering common questions about banking. 1. What is the Federal Reserve, and how does it work? The Federal Reserve – or the “Fed” as many people call it – is the bank […]

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15 ways your banker can help you with your business plan

January 17th, 2014 Chase Stafford

You’ve taken the plunge and decided to start your own business. While this in itself is a momentous decision, as an entrepreneur you will be faced with countless other important decisions in the months and years ahead. What type of corporation should you form? How much money do you need to get started? Shall you […]

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MidWestOne customer spotlight: Yotopia Frozen Yogurt

January 9th, 2014 madmin

In just a few weeks, North Liberty area residents will have the best of both worlds when it comes to dessert options – frozen yogurt and cupcakes. That’s because Yotopia Frozen Yogurt owner Veronica Tessler is teaming up with Molly’s Cupcakes owner Jamie Smith on a one-of-a-kind joint venture in North Liberty at 620 Pacha […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie

January 9th, 2014 Charlie Funk

MidWestOne Bank has a rich heritage dating back to its founding in 1934 during the depths of the Great Depression. Our founder, Ben S. Summerwill, started the bank – Iowa State Bank & Trust at that time – with a simple mission statement to “take good care of our customers.”  That mission statement remains in […]

Helping to care for aging parents

January 3rd, 2014 madmin

This material was prepared for John Evans, LPL Financial Advisor, use. Many baby boomers are finding that their aging parents are in need of health care assistance. Luckily, there are many options available today to help your parents grow old gracefully, either in their own home or in a facility, and several ways that you […]

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