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Hometown Highlight – Honor Our Troops (H.O.T.)

Posted by Hazel Halliburton

Since 2004, the Honor Our Troops (H.O.T.) organization based in Odessa, Texas has made it its mission to care for and encourage those who fight daily for our freedom. While there are soldiers spread all across the world, H.O.T. says many of them go without receiving care packages from loved ones, which is why H.O.T. was[…]

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Decrease Stress by Separating Funds

Posted by Barrett Power

It is well known that to accomplish a goal, you need to set a plan and then execute your plan. Over the years, I’ve watched people start home renovation projects and then try to attain financing for the project once it had already begun. I’ve seen people go on vacations and then try to get[…]

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Even Squirrels Appreciate Electronic Statements

Posted by Brad Bullock

Have you ever gone on a glorious nature walk and your companion asks, “I wonder what kind of tree that is?”  You feel obligated to respond with a “why I believe that is (insert name of tree here).”  The problem being is, that I must have totally missed out on tree identification in my public education[…]

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Hometown Highlight: Ron Yates Winery

Posted by Hazel Halliburton

Between earning a law degree and starting his own record label, it’s not hard to see that Texas Native Ron Yates is driven and ambitious. Now, his ambition has taken him to a whole new level as he lays the foundation for the Texas wine industry with his recently opened winery named Ron Yates. Located[…]

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Working Mom: How to Juggle a Career and Laundry

Posted by Christy Campbell

As a business professional and mom of two teens, I have two full-time jobs and stay extremely busy! My day starts at 5:30 a.m. and wraps up somewhere around 9 p.m. I work full-time during the day, then spend my evenings running to games, practices, church and study groups. I try really hard to find[…]

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Tips to Promoting Benefit Programs

Posted by Shea Ferland

We all know it can be tough to get employees excited and willing to learn about benefit changes each year. All the benefits jargon can be confusing to those who do not deal with it on a daily basis, and with all the ACA changes, it is becoming increasingly important to communicate all benefits information[…]

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The Value of Working Capital Financing

Posted by Greg Burgess

Working capital represents the cash available to finance the short-term operational needs of an operating business. Often a business does not, without help, have adequate cash on hand or asset liquidity (cash flow) to cover daily operational expenses. This is when working capital financing becomes a critical part of the day-to-day need of a viable[…]

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Best “Bang for Your Buck” Texas Colleges & Universities

Posted by Brittany Semadeni

Graduation from high school to college is an exciting time, but it’s not always an easy transition… especially for your pocketbook. September is College Savings Month, a month dedicated to helping students (and parents) save a little extra dough as these new graduates spread their wings. Considering a Texas college or university? Curious about the budget-friendly options[…]

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Hurdles in Today’s Home Mortgage Environment

Posted by Brad Burgess

What do you expect to experience when applying for a home mortgage today? Quick turn-around? Less documentation requirements? Less paperwork? Not exactly. Due to the mortgage disaster of 2008-2009 and speculation from many Wall Street firms and some of the large multi-national banks, government regulation was implemented (Dodd-Frank Act) and has completely taken over the mortgage process (with[…]

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Minimize the Financial Blow of Back-to-School with 6 Ways to Save

Posted by Christy Campbell

Is it just me, or does it always feel like our finances stretch a little tighter this time of year? Not only are we faced with paying off all that summer fun–all those little excursions sure add up–we’re ALSO run over by the back-to-school “expense bus.” You know the drill… It starts with that dreaded list of school[…]

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