MidWestOne Business Succession tips

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, […]


MidWestOne customer spotlight: Hearthstone

July 9th, 2015 madmin

Dutch culture is a big deal in Pella. And that’s why it’s a big deal at Hearthstone, a nontraditional residential living community for seniors in Pella. Hearthstone, built in 2013, is designed as five separate households, called “Cottages.” Each Cottage offers a comforting home-like atmosphere for the residents who live there and their families. The […]

Hidden value of HSA accounts

The hidden value of HSA accounts: retirement savings

July 9th, 2015 Mark Sandvig

When you think of tax advantages for retirement, you typically think of an IRA, 401(k) or 403(b). The latest to join the array of retirement savings strategies is a health savings account, or HSA. The first thing to know is that an HSA is designed and to be treated as a way to build savings […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie: July 9

July 9th, 2015 Charlie Funk

It’s not a secret Americans are loaded with personal debt. Even after the economic challenges of the last recession, the average American is carrying a higher debt load. According to the Federal Reserve, total U.S. consumer debt in 2014 amounted to a staggering $11.85 trillion. That includes revolving debt, such as credit cards, and other […]

Endow Iowa

What is the Endow Iowa Tax Credit program?

June 29th, 2015 Cathy Rottinghaus

When making financial decisions for retirement and estate planning, it’s common to consider charitable objectives. Giving through a community foundation to the causes you care about is rewarding – in more ways than one. Planned giving can help reduce a taxable estate or reduce capital gains on a highly appreciated asset. Charitable gifts create a […]

Save money this summer

Tips for saving money in the summer

June 4th, 2015 Jeff Johnson

Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s time for vacations, pool parties, grilling and finding something (ANYTHING!) to occupy your children. There are also more opportunities to lose track of your spending. How can you beat the financial heat? First, you need to take a close look at your summer plans. Are you going to […]

New Pioneer Co-op

MidWestOne customer spotlight: New Pioneer Co-op

June 4th, 2015 madmin

When New Pioneer Food Co-op was formed in 1971, its founders were committed to environmental stewardship and sought food that was naturally delicious and healthy. After more than 40 years in business, the Co-op continues to offer local, organic food to the Iowa City, Coralville and Cedar Rapids Corridor. More than 33,000 community members own […]

Charlie Funk

A note from Charlie: June 4

June 4th, 2015 Charlie Funk

Summer is here. Below is a sort of financial checklist to use. The list is not all inclusive nor is it centered on any particular theme other than good financial practices.  These are things that involve good common sense, but oftentimes we find that persons can get lazy or complacent and do not do what […]


4 money management tips for college graduates

May 27th, 2015 Andrea Hartman

Congratulations! You’re a college graduate. If you’re like most graduates you have a lot of big decisions ahead of you: Where to live, which job offer to accept and how you are going to manage life after college. Your finances should also be on this list. After all – finances are a huge part of […]


Are you ready for EMV cards?

May 18th, 2015 Tony Rasmussen

Attention small business owners: An important deadline is approaching in the transition to EMV debit and credit cards in the United States. Starting October 1, liability for fraudulent transactions will shift to the party that did not enable the chip-to-chip (EMV) transaction. In other words – later this year. if your business has not yet […]

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