Small Business Owners – We Thank You

According to the US Small Business Administration, a small business is defined as any business with 500 or less employees. In 2018, there were approximately 30.2 million small businesses employing 58.9 million workers. As you walk down the street of your hometown, many of the products and services you purchase are from local businesses – your local car mechanic, your … Continue reading
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How are You Planning to Spend Small Business Saturday?

As we embark on this year’s holiday shopping season, let’s take a moment to celebrate the small businesses that help our local economy thrive. According to Triad Local First, 68% of dollars spent at locally owned businesses stay in our community. This money helps strengthen our schools, create jobs, grow our businesses and make the Triad an even better place … Continue reading
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Helping You Be Your Best in an Interview

In today’s job market, employers are not only looking at your education and work history. They’re often trying to predict how you will behave in the role and ultimately contribute to the organization. By asking behavioral interview questions, a recruiter will probe deeper into how you’ve handled various work situations in the past to uncover your transferable skills, abilities, and … Continue reading
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Be Your Best You: A Guide for Job Candidates

There are many considerations when looking for a job. What do you want to do? What are you qualified to do? What additional training do you need? Who do you know in the field or with the company you want to work in? What do the jobs pay in your chosen profession? Where are the jobs in your chosen profession? … Continue reading
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Business Succession Planning

We’ve all been guilty of putting off important responsibilities because they are time-consuming or stressful.  For many business owners, transitioning their business can be a daunting task.  However, having a valid blueprint for transitioning a business is vital to the success of a long term plan.  According to a 2015 survey conducted by U.S. Trust, some of the main reasons … Continue reading
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Benefits of Banking Locally

Communities thrive because of the people in them and the businesses who help them live their lives conveniently and on their terms. Having a trusted partner in your community to help you with your financial needs keeps money moving in the local economy and provides jobs. According to Stacy Mitchell, “Small businesses, which create the majority of new jobs, depend … Continue reading
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Keeping Employees Engaged During Vacation Season

Employee engagement can be a challenge at any time of the year. According to Gallup, only one in three employees is engaged at work. Their enthusiasm and proactivity can easily be eroded by the 16 percent of employees that are actively disengaged.1During vacation and holiday periods, it can be even harder to stay connected when teammates are out of the … Continue reading
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Tips to Tackle the HR Challenges Small Businesses Face

Did you know that small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all businesses in the United States? Defined as entities with 500 or fewer employees, they are a major economic driver, employing about half of the nation’s working population. If you are a small business owner, you already appreciate the financial independence and innovative freedom that comes with entrepreneurship. You may also … Continue reading
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