Identity theft tools

Three identity theft tools to know: fraud alerts, credit freezes and ID theft reports

June 17th, 2016 Deborah Engfer

Identity theft can happen to anyone, and it can feel scary, frustrating and overwhelming. When it does happen, you can regain control by taking certain steps. We’ll help you understand fraud alerts, credit freezes and identity theft reports – how to create them and why they’re important. Fraud alerts If your wallet has been lost/stolen […]

Businesses are vulnerable to ID theft

How to protect your business from business ID theft

June 9th, 2016 Cory Ahrendsen

Think identity theft only impacts individuals? Think again! Business identity theft, also known as corporate or commercial ID theft, is a very real threat for business of all sizes. In the case of a business, a criminal will hijack a business’s identity and use it to establish lines of credit with banks or retailers. This […]

Charlie Funk

Note from Charlie – a prescription for success

June 9th, 2016 Charlie Funk

The big banks have come in for more than their fair share of criticism over the past eight years. While some of it is undoubtedly merited, some isn’t and there is much to learn from some of their “best practices.” One of my favorite spring pastimes is to read the CEO’s letter in various bank […]

MidWestOne Customer Spotlight: Dr. Shawn Reese

MidWestOne customer spotlight: Dr. Shawn Reese

June 9th, 2016 madmin

For those who know Dr. Shawn Reese, it’s no surprise that he now owns and operates a periodontist practice in Cedar Falls, Iowa. That’s because he’s always wanted to be a dentist. From a young age, Dr. Reese remembers telling everyone, including his mom, that he wanted to be a dentist and he has not […]

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The advantages and disadvantages of credit cards

May 27th, 2016 Kara Sabo

Credit cards can be very convenient and useful, but they can also lead to stressful financial situations. That’s why it’s helpful and financially smart to understand the pros and cons of credit cards. Here are the main advantages and disadvantages you’ll want to know about. Pros 1. Convenience. Credit cards can often make purchases quicker and […]

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Tips to effectively manage your money as a college student

May 19th, 2016 Mark Sandvig

Let’s be honest – creating a budget as a college student probably isn’t at the top of your priority list. The new-found freedom of living on your own coupled with the invigorating college setting means it’s hard to focus on the practical things like money management. But with greater freedom also comes greater responsibility. And […]

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Need cash fast? A bridge loan may be a practical solution for your business

May 13th, 2016 Chase Stafford

Whether your business is growing quickly or just getting started, you need cash to stay afloat. The trouble is that negotiating with investors or securing a traditional loan can take time – time that you sometimes just don’t have. That’s where a bridge loan can come in handy. A bridge loan is a short-term loan […]

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Best of the blog – 5 most popular money management articles

May 5th, 2016 madmin

At MidWestOne, we believe in the power of financial education and we love it when we can empower our customers – and those who should be – to become more financially savvy in their day-to-day lives. Our team of bankers has been blogging since 2011, and today we’re sharing five of the most popular money […]

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Best of the blog – 5 most popular small business articles

May 5th, 2016 madmin

Who says it needs to be the end of the year to take a look at the most popular articles on a blog? This month, we dug deep into our blog stats to highlight the five most visited posts about small business money management on the MidWestOne blog. Whether you’re an entrepreneur who’s just starting […]

Charlie Funk

Note from Charlie – good customer service comes in many forms

May 5th, 2016 Charlie Funk

Ok, I admit it. I messed up! How could I schedule a business trip on the night of the NCAA championship game? As I looked at my flight schedule, I saw that I would be arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport about two hours before tip-off. Ok, I thought, that should give me time to […]

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