A Spin on Spending - Building Credit

Thursday, July 18 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News


One of the first steps to building a good credit history is to know where you stand. Before you head to the dealership or hire a real estate agent, request a credit report, and take the necessary steps in improving your score. One way to do this is by making your loan payments on time. According to myfico.com, your credit payment history can make up 35 percent of your FICO credit score. The longer your loan payments are paid on time, the better your score can become.

It’s important to remember to keep your credit card balances low. Many of the credit bureaus’ scoring systems evaluate the amount of debt a person carries compared to their credit limits. If the amount owed is close to the limit, it’s likely to have a negative effect on your score. Maintaining high credit card balances can hurt you, even if your bills are paid on time each month.

Although it’s generally considered a plus to have established credit accounts, too many credit card accounts may have negative effects on your credit score. You should only open new accounts as needed.  When opening a new line of credit, don’t just jump at the first appealing offer – compare interest rates and fees beforehand.

 

Tags: A Spin on Spending, Arvest
 

Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City

Wednesday, July 17 at 08:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

Business Blogging Basics

Have you ever thought about starting a blog for your small business? If so, you have most likely followed that thought with:

  • Is it really worth the time and effort?
  • What in the WORLD do I blog about on a regular basis?
  • How does blogging impact SEO (Search Engine Optimization)?

If this conversation sounds familiar to you, join our featured speaker, Ben Seidel of Igniting Business, for Blogging Basics for Small Businesses. Ben will guide you through this dynamic seminar that will address the benefits (and challenges!) of blogging.

Ben Seidel is the CEO & Founder of Igniting Business which provides web design, SEO services, and marketing tailored for small businesses. He started in marketing very early on in his career, developing his first websites and SEO solutions for commercial clients at the young age of thirteen. Ben has grown Igniting Business to a phenomenal team of web, SEO and marketing experts. Through his entrepreneurial journey, Ben has been recognized on a local and national level, including entrepreneurship awards from both the NFIB and NASE. He has also been featured in publications such as CNBC Universal, Yahoo News, Intuit Small Business, Mizzou Magazine and Fox Small Business.

From their headquarters in Kansas City, Igniting Business has grown to serve clients all over the nation, stretching from Juneau, Alaska to Washington DC. Ultimately, Ben’s true passion is to help small businesses grow and succeed!

This session will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Regnier Center of Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS – Room 270). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please visit the event site to reserve your spot today.

 

Generously sponsored by Arvest Bank and hosted by the Kansas SBDC at JCCC, this workshop is the first of a 4-part Small Business Growth Lunch & Learn series*. The series will be an opportunity for small business owners and resource partners to network, share best practices, and learn from industry experts. Each session will feature a presenter on a different small business topic.

*Participants do not need to attend all four sessions.

 

Registration link: https://ce.jccc.edu/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=16473

 

Tags: Business Banking, Kansas City
 

Arvest Bank Adds Burgess as Business Development Officer

Thursday, July 11 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Shawna Burgess, NMLS# 1878891.

Burgess, who has more than 20 years of industry experience, will serve as a business development officer and will be based out of the Arvest Business Resource Center located inside the branch at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith. In her new role, Burgess will engage with and discover the needs of prospective small business customers and process business loan requests, among other duties.

“Shawna is customer-focused and brings a high level of experience, energy and knowledge of the community,” Arvest business banking manager Chris Raible said. “We welcome Shawna to the Arvest family and know she will do an expert job servicing the business banking needs of the Fort Smith and Greenwood areas.”

Burgess earned a degree in business management at what is now known as the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and is especially excited to work with small business customers.

“I’ll be in the Business Resource Center focusing on small business customers,” she said. “This is something that is dear to me because I grew up working in our family business in Van Buren.”

Burgess is an advocate for several local nonprofits and volunteers in the children’s nursery at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband, Mike, and their daughter.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith
 

Arvest Bank is Among Oklahoma’s ‘Best of the Best’

Wednesday, July 10 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News


Arvest Bank is proud to recently have been named in Oklahoma Magazine’s The Best of the Best of 2019.

According to the introduction accompanying this year’s selections, Oklahoma Magazine has compiled The Best of the Best in its July issue for 20 years to help its readers “find the finest in everything the state has to offer.”

The introduction also thanks the magazine’s readers for “your choices, your votes and your voices telling us who you think are the best of the best at what they do.”

In the “Bank” category, that includes Arvest.

“Arvest Bank is a top choice for mortgages, investments and trusts,” the article reads.

“On behalf of all our associates in Oklahoma, I want to thank Oklahoma Magazine and its readers for this recognition,” said Brad Krieger, executive vice president and regional manager for Arvest in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. “We strive for excellence every day, and we believe this recognition reflects that. We are humbled and honored to be included.”

The Oklahoma Magazine recognition follows Arvest being named by Forbes magazine among its “Best-In-State Banks” in Oklahoma. Forbes also named Arvest one of the “World’s Best Banks” earlier this year.

Tags: Arvest, Oklahoma
 

64.6 Downtown Receives $25,000 Arvest Foundation Grant

Wednesday, July 10 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News


Citizens of the Fort Smith area will enjoy a new downtown park thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation. 

The gift was announced today at Gateway Park. Beth Presley, Roger Holroyd, Les Smith, and Mike Jacimore of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will aid in the construction of the new Gateway Park located near the intersection of Rogers and Garrison Avenues. Gateway Park will feature three historical bronze statues. The key figure will be Judge Isaac C. Parker, joined by statues of John Carnall and Mother Mary Teresa Farrell, R.S.M., representing law, education, and healthcare. The new park is a 64.6 Downtown initiative and is being funded by the generosity of the community, including the Arvest Foundation.

When completed this fall, 64.6 Downtown will donate the park property to the City of Fort Smith. It will become a gathering place for residents and visitors alike to learn more about the contributions these three community leaders made in the late 1800s. The park will also include a flag plaza featuring flags of the United States, Arkansas, and the City of Fort Smith.

“64.6 Downtown creates vibrant spaces in Fort Smith to further economic development, creative place-making, arts and cultural events,” said Steve Clark, founder/chairman of the board for 64.6 Downtown. “Gateway Park is a reflection of how 64.6 Downtown’s program, The Unexpected, brought attention to an important intersection in downtown, with the activation of Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel’s Universal Chapel. The work transformed a simple white building into a gateway entry to downtown Fort Smith. Gateway Park is a continuation of the development of this important downtown entry point.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the 64.6 Downtown initiative of the development of the Gateway Park,” Holroyd said. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to support parks, history and greenspace in our community.”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Fort Smith

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