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Community Matters – Mario Flores

Bank Iowa team members donate more than 12,000 hours to community service each year. Here’s loan officer, Mario Flores, and… Read More >
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Community Matters – Mario Flores

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Bank Iowa team members donate more than 12,000 hours to community service each year. Here’s loan officer, Mario Flores, and… Read More >

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Reaping what you sow is far from a sure thing, as Iowa farmers know all too well. The 700-mile path…

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2020 Amps Up Appreciation for Local Partnerships

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We invest heavily and proactively in both physical and cybersecurity measures that safeguard our clients’ financial information. We take the…

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Good Lookin’ Out: The Value of Taking a Break from Sales

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When was the last time you recommended something to a client? If you’re in sales, I’m guessing you’ve already done…

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Evolving Workplace Policy for the Gig Economy

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You’ve found your dream home, and you’ve been approved for your loan. But before you get the keys, you have…

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If part of your job is managing people, you probably feel compelled to keep getting better at it. One of…

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Just as you lock doors and windows to protect valuables, safeguarding your digital data is an important deterrent to criminals.…

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Employers are devoting an increasing amount of attention to the health of their employees, and for good reason. Here are…

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Bank Iowa

After an unprecedented number of data breaches the past few years, one thing remains clear: People need stronger passwords. At…

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​BANK SECRECY ACT: HOW BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP RULES AFFECT YOU

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Due diligence processes where we need them most. As you may have heard, the Bank Secrecy Act has been amended…

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​TEACHING CHILDREN TO SAVE MONEY

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Because sometimes being spontaneous is a terrible idea. Saving for a major purchase is a traditional way of setting a…

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​GET SMART ABOUT YOUR CREDIT

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HOW TO CREATE A BUDGET

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​ONE OF LIFE’S BIGGEST MILESTONES: BUYING A HOME

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The Economic News that Actually Matters to Your Business

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With so much information from so many different sources flooding into our daily lives, it can be difficult to separate…

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5 Ways to Be the World’s Greatest Non-Profit Board Member

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Not many things feel as good as being asked to join a non-profit board. The idea that a group of…

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3 Ways to Invest in Iowa’s Qualified Opportunity Zones

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When I first learned of the prospects of opportunity zones in Iowa, my imagination went wild. Opportunity zones are low-income…

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Give Me One Good Reason to Switch Banks

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There isn’t a soul on earth, nor in business, who relishes the idea of moving financial institutions. But perhaps it’s…

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Ever Googled yourself and discovered all the people who share your name? I share mine with a Canadian CBS News…

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Overcoming 3 Common Fears of Giving

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The most generous time of the year is just around the corner. With holiday spirits high, corporations and individuals will…

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5 Ways to Make Rising Rates Work for You

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A hike in prices is rarely met with optimism; unless you’re the one profiting from them. As the cost of…

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How Much Tech Can Your Money Take?

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There isn’t a single aspect of our lives that hasn’t been impacted by technology. Largely positive, these changes have made…

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When I was growing up, a child of the 80s, people who paid with plastic seemed to be in a…

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Last weekend over breakfast, the second of my four sons called out the Tooth Fairy for what he perceived to…

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