Merchant Payment Solutions – it’s more than just accepting credit and debit cards

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I often joke – never mug a banker since we never carry cash!  As a consumer, you know how important it is to be able to use a credit or debit card when making purchases. In fact, it’s surprising how many people don’t carry any cash on them and not every business will accept a personal check – although less and less people are using those as well! So as a business owner, whether big or small, a startup or seasoned, you know that accepting credit and debit card payments from your customers is crucial to your all around success.

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Making the transition from recent college grad to full time employee

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Being a new graduate is an exciting time. You have accomplished a huge goal by earning your diploma and are ready to start the next chapter. Transitioning from student to full time employee is not always easy so here are some tips to help you navigate the process:

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Saving for Retirement? Here are some pitfalls to avoid

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When it comes to saving for your retirement, every penny counts. Regardless if you are just starting to save or in the home stretch to retiring, making the wrong financial decisions could have a big impact on your retirement goals. With social security no longer being a sustainable retirement option, it’s important to make sure that you set yourself up for the future. Continue reading “Saving for Retirement? Here are some pitfalls to avoid”

Passwords – How often should you really change them?

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For as long back as I can remember, I’ve always been told to change my passwords often, don’t use the same password for multiple accounts, make them complex, don’t use a variation of the word “password” and don’t write them down where someone can find them. Sounds like good advice, right? But some people don’t take this advice seriously – but why? Continue reading “Passwords – How often should you really change them?”

Do your employees know how to spot CEO fraud?

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You probably received over the past few years an email claiming you’d won the Nigerian lottery or perhaps one from some unknown person who miraculously chose you to receive their fortune of millions of dollars because you are a good person. The emails typically have tons of misspellings, bad grammar, and always requested your bank account information so funds could be wired to you. Because there is such awareness, these types of emails are slowly fading away. Hackers are savvy and adapt quickly.   A new, rapidly growing and sophisticated threat is targeting businesses – THOUSANDS of companies have been affected in the U.S. losing over $5.3 billion since 2013. Analysts predict the trend will continue to grow vs. subside. Continue reading “Do your employees know how to spot CEO fraud?”

Why we love Tails of Hope, our September Business of the Month

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As a bank with a long history in Litchfield County — 165 years and counting! — we take our commitment to the community very seriously. We live, work, play, and volunteer here. Nothing makes us happier than helping local businesses and organizations thrive. Continue reading “Why we love Tails of Hope, our September Business of the Month”

Furry Friends Welcomed!

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We were so excited when Janet Marlow of Pet Acoustics agreed to be a part of our Locally Owned, Locally Grown campaign for the bank as she and Rigby are two of our favorite clients!  Sure, many banks have treats for furry friends at the drive-up window, but we can proudly say that Rigby joins us in the lobby from time to time and it makes our day! Continue reading “Furry Friends Welcomed!”