Business Bankers Make Yearly Cream Puff Deliveries to Clients

08/28/2019 
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Bank Enjoys Decades-Long Racine County Fair Partnership

08/28/2019 
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Getting a Head Start on College Savings

08/28/2019Before you throw your hands up in the air and send junior out looking for a job, you might consider a few strategies to help you prepare for the cost of higher education.
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Back to School: Online Safety

08/22/2019Now that summertime is quickly coming to an end, it’s back-to-school season. While you’re running around getting pencils, calculators and binders, remember something else on your back-to-school list: talking with your kids about online safety.
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As School Year Draws Near, Consider Options for Young Savers

08/12/2019The beginning of a new school year is the perfect time to start a child’s financial education, too! 
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My Cash Back Rewards Now Available in Mobile Banking

08/07/2019Earlier this year we launched a new rewards program, My Cash Back Rewards. With My Cash Back Rewards, you'll get rewarded from the places you shop when you use your North Shore Bank debit card, and it can now be accessed on the North Shore Bank Mobile app.
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Sturgeon Bay Raises Over $1,500 for Wisconsin Humane Society

08/06/2019 
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Taste of Lake Country Features Plenty of Food, Fun in Pewaukee

08/02/2019Food and fun were in the air, as usual, at this year’s North Shore Bank Taste of Lake Country in Pewaukee on July 26 and 27. 
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Financial Readiness in Times of Disaster

07/18/2019Safety is priority one when it comes to dealing with a weather emergency or natural disaster. Sometimes that means you have to pack up and leave home, not knowing when — or if — you’ll be able to return.
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Shorewood Cycling Event a Success in Despite Weather

07/16/2019North Shore Bank was again was a part of this year’s amazing Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic, Tour of America’s Dairyland.
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Bank Joins 58th Annual Belgian Days Parade

07/15/2019Summertime parade fun in the town of Brussels, WI.
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In Support of Marquette High School Students Bright Future

07/12/2019North Shore Bank recently hosted a day of mentoring for students from Marquette University High School students as part of the school’s DISCOVER program.
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There’s Nothing Like Summer in Wisconsin

07/11/2019It’s time to get out there and experience all that Wisconsin summers have to offer. North Shore Bank is proud to support many fun and worthwhile events taking place in our communities. 
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Forbes Names North Shore Bank One of Wisconsin’s Best Banks

07/10/2019For the second year in a row, North Shore Bank has finished in the top five on Forbes’ list of Best-in-State Banks.
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Build Fun Money into Your Spending Plans

07/02/2019No matter how tempted you are to save by not attending every lakefront or local festival or cutting fun spending altogether to reach your financial fiagoals faster, make sure that you build that essential item into your budget.
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What You Should Know Before Setting up Mobile Pay on Your Smartphone

06/26/2019Like all technological innovations, mobile payments come with a unique set of benefits. Here’s a look at three factors to consider when setting up mobile payments on your device.
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Grafton Artist of the Month Wants His Work to Make You Smile

06/25/2019For July, the branch’s Artist of the Month will be UW-Milwaukee’s Tim Decker. Tim has worked in animation for decades, on projects for television, movies, and video games, and for brands including Disney, The Simpsons, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Employees and Families Come Out for Appleton Flag Day Parade

06/20/2019 
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It’s Never Too Early Or Too Late To Save

06/17/2019No matter your stage of life, it’s important to have savings: Whether it’s for a special purchase, a college education, your first home, retirement, or an emergency fund.
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Give Your Business a Financial Checkup

06/12/2019Three tips for keeping your business finances healthy.
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SCAM ALERT: Be Wary of Family Emergency Scams

06/10/2019Imposters claim to be friends or family in distress to trick consumers into wiring money.
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Kids Win Bikes at 2019 Fisheree in Burlington

06/04/2019 
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What are the Pros and Cons of Getting a New Home Estimate

05/23/2019What are the benefits and drawbacks of a new estimate for your home?
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Seven Road Trip Finance Tips

05/22/2019These strategies can help you manage your money before and during a trip.
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What Qualifies as a Strong Password?

05/22/2019Tips for preventing your passwords from being cracked by hackers.
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Next Door Walk For Children Benefits Early Childhood Education

05/20/2019North Shore Bank participated in Next Door’s 2019 Walk for Children on May 18, joining over 500 other people to help raise funds for the Milwaukee nonprofit’s early-childhood education programs.
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North Shore Bank Wraps Up Another Successful Free Community Shredding Day

05/15/2019North Shore Bank’s 13th annual free Community Shredding Day on May 4 attracted many people looking to safely and securely destroy sensitive documents.
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North Shore Bank is Awarded a 2019 Top Workplaces Honor by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

05/02/2019The award annually honors the top employers in the Southeast Wisconsin area.
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Fun for All at the Fox Cities Kidz Expo Presented by North Shore Bank

04/24/2019As the presenting sponsor, North Shore Bank was proud to partner with the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis to offer families a free community event that helps kids have fun, discover, and learn new skills, especially financial skills that will help them their entire lives.
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Keep Tech Support Strangers Out of Your Computer

04/17/2019If you need tech help with your computer, where do you go? An online search might lead you straight to scammers who scare you into thinking your computer is in dire need of repair...and then sell you costly software that you don't need.
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How to Tackle Clutter in Your Home

04/15/2019If your home resembles an untidy mess rather than the peaceful sanctuary you long for, now is the time to get serious about decluttering.
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Business Leaders Attend Fraud Prevention Seminar in Burlington

04/15/2019On March 19, North Shore Bank partnered with Ansay & Associates to offer area businesses more information on business fraud prevention.
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Swing with Shorewood to Benefit the SEED Foundation

04/12/2019Members of North Shore Bank’s Shorewood team supported the SEED Foundation by attending the Swing with Shorewood on March 9 at Pier Wisconsin.
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The ABA's Top 10 Tips for College Students

04/12/2019They understand GPAs and test scores but how can we help them better understand their credit score or the value of saving?
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How to Maintain the Charm of an Older Home When Remodeling

04/09/2019One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to renovate an older home is to implement trendy improvements rather than timeless ones.
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When Should You Set Up a Child’s Savings Account?

04/03/2019It’s never too early to start saving money, which is why a growing number of parents are opening savings accounts for their children.
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Take These Extra Steps to Secure Your Online Banking Profile

03/18/2019Online Banking is a modern-day service that provides convenience if you often find yourself on the go. This convenience can turn into a major hassle, however, if you don’t properly safeguard your Online Banking profile.
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Coming Soon: March Power Breakfast Presented by North Shore Bank

03/18/2019Join us and area business leaders on Friday, March 22 at 7:00 a.m. at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee for the premier business information and networking series in southeastern Wisconsin.
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Product Feature: Business Online Banking

03/15/2019You’re busy running your business, so we’re here to help you save time and money. With North Shore Bank’s Business Online Banking, you can spend less time handling your finances so you can focus your efforts on running your business. 
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Podcast: Planning for Your Mortgage

03/13/2019If you're a first-time homebuyer, you might have a number of questions regarding the home lending process. Here to help you plan for your mortgage is Susan Liedel, one of our Mortgage Loan Professionals.
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Pulaski Finishes Up Renovations, Now Offers More to Customers

03/13/2019Our Pulaski branch recently completed major renovations, sprucing up its appearance and offering more options and benefits to customers.
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New 'You Choose' HELOC Offers Big Advantages to Homeowners

03/12/2019A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) gives you a less expensive way to access credit fast in the event of an emergency or urgent purchase, and more.
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Short-Term vs. Long-Term Business Loans

03/12/2019Sometimes, companies need a hand when the market changes or unexpected costs arise. In other situations, a business needs a bigger boost to push it to a new operating level.
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Seven Strategies for Better Customer Retention

03/11/2019While attracting new customers is crucial for any thriving business, it’s just as important to focus on keeping current customers. Here are some suggestions for improving the customer experience and strengthening customer loyalty.
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4 Steps to Protect Your Business Against Cyber Attacks

03/08/2019With nearly all businesses now operating in virtual space in some capacity, the threat of cybercrime has unfortunately become a common reality that business owners must face. Defending your business against cyberattacks may seem daunting, but fortunately, there are affordable and reasonable steps you can take to protect yourself.
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BUSINESS: Tips for Securely Filing Your Taxes

03/07/2019As a business owner, your number one priority is safeguarding the interests of your enterprise, which is why you should take extra precaution to ensure that your information is protected when filing your business taxes.
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Sussex “Royal Baby Shower” Pulls in Donations for Local Tots

03/05/2019Our Sussex branch held a daylong community “royal baby shower” on March 1 and used the event to collect baby and toddler essentials for Sussex Outreach Services, which helps local families in need.
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McKinley Elementary School Field Trip Fundraiser

03/04/2019In February, our Kenosha branches participated in a McKinley Elementary School Field Trip Fundraiser.
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Pros and Cons of Having an Emergency Fund

03/04/2019Is establishing an emergency fund always the right decision for your situation? 
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Does the 4 Percent Rule Still Work?

02/28/2019How well does this long-trusted rule of thumb still hold up?
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Podcast: Answering our Top Five Mortgage Questions

02/27/2019We get a lot of questions about home buying, and here are a few that stand out as our "top five".
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Saturday is Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo!

02/25/2019Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo on Saturday, March 2. Admission is free all day. Family Free Day is sponsored by North Shore Bank and Fox 6. 
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Recapping the February 22 Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast

02/25/2019On Feb. 22, North Shore Bank partnered with the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce to present the 2019 Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. 
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7 Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Count

02/25/2019As many Americans receive their refunds this year, the American Bankers Association has highlighted seven tips to help them use the money wisely.
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Podcast: Understanding Mortgage Lingo

02/13/2019There are many terms associated with the mortgage process. Today, we're joined by Chris Boland, Vice President of Consumer Lending here at North Shore Bank, who will shed some light on the words and phrases you might hear when applying for a new home loan.
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Know the Differences between Simple and Compound Interest

02/07/2019Don’t let your compound interest loans spiral out of control.
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Capping Off a Great Green Bay Gamblers Hat Night

02/07/2019North Shore Bank employees and their families helped at the Green Bay Gamblers Hat Night on February 1, handing out free headwear to the first 1,000 people through the gates for the hockey game.
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3 Steps To Position Your Product in the Proper Market Context

02/06/2019Successful businesses know that having a good product is only part of the battle. Even if you are the best at what you do, that could mean very little if your brand is unable to set itself apart from the competition and capture customers. Positioning your product in the proper market context can help with that.
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5 Ways to Decrease Costs for Your Company

02/06/2019With a bit of thought and creativity, you can decrease costs for your business in ways that won’t disrupt your goals or productivity. In fact, careful cost-cutting could even help your company operate more efficiently and serve customers more effectively.
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Employees Judge Ice Sculptures at Greendale Winterfest

02/05/2019North Shore Bank’s Greendale and Southridge branches sponsored Winterfest 2019 in Greendale on February 2.
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Top Accounting Challenges for Most Businesses

02/04/2019No matter what sector your business is in, proper accounting is crucial to your success. There are a variety of options you can choose from to help you manage your money, but none are completely perfect. Consider these common challenges businesses like yours often face while tracking financial operations and transactions throughout the year.
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Product Feature: Business Debit Cards Rewards

02/01/2019Not only does a North Shore Bank business debit card give you the ability to easily manage cash flow and control employee spending, you can reap the rewards of these MasterCard value-added services.
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Podcast: Using Certificates of Deposit to Build Your Savings

01/30/2019In this episode of our In Your Interest Podcast, we discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of putting your money in a certificate of deposit (CD).
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Getting a Loan and Choosing a Lender: What You Need to Know

01/28/2019Preparation is key to navigating today’s housing market.
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Should You Downsize?

01/22/2019Looking at the advantages and disadvantages of moving into a smaller home
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Teachers Snap Up Record $10,000 at 2019 Dash for Cash

01/21/2019Thirty-three Wisconsin educators participated in the Teachers Dash for Cash at the Green Bay Gamblers hockey game on January 19. 
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Protecting Your Mobile Device

01/17/2019The American Bankers Association recommends following these tips to keep your information – and your money – safe.
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Podcast: Four Factors That Affect Your Home Value

01/16/2019Your home's value is influenced by a variety of elements. In this episode of our In Your Interest Podcast, we'll look at a four specific factors that can affect the value of your home.
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Get Financially Fit

01/10/2019Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses. Get financially fit this year.  Follow the tips below to get started.
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Oak Creek’s Breakfasts with Santa Sell Out

01/07/2019As in years past, tickets sold out quickly for the 2018 holiday season’s Breakfast with Santa events at the Oak Creek Community Center on December 9 and 16.
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Should You Refinance Your Loan?

01/07/2019A refinanced loan can yield lower interest rates, fund a future endeavor, help with debt consolidation or shave off some years on your financial commitment. There are costs involved with refinancing, so it is a decision to make after doing the proper diligence.
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Pros and Cons of Flexible Work Hours

01/07/2019There are multiple reasons you should consider offering flexible work hours, in which your team members can pick the time to work that is best for them.
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Understanding the Changes to Roth IRA Recharacterizations

01/07/2019The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 includes changes to the rules governing IRAs. Specifically, the law repeals the rule permitting recharacterization of Roth IRA conversions, extends the rollover period for plan loan offset amounts, temporarily relaxes the early distribution penalty exception for medical bills, and provides tax relief relating to certain major disasters. 
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December Power Breakfast Features Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry

01/04/2019December 14th Power Breakfast presented by North Shore Bank, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry talked about the opening of Fiserv Forum, his economic prediction for 2019, and much more.
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4 Steps to Resolving Customer Debt

01/03/2019You are open for business. It’s all running smoothly until some patrons don’t pay their bills. This issue is not uncommon in service businesses or enterprises where you send invoices after work is complete.
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10th Annual Race for the Hungry Helps Local Food Pantries

01/02/2019North Shore Bank hosted its 10th annual Race for the Hungry events at supermarkets in Kenosha, Menasha, and Milwaukee on December 27. 
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3 Ways to Save on Pet Expenses

12/19/2018If you want to ensure that your pet has only the best while saving a bit of money in the process, consider these tips.
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Corporate Holiday Event Takes in Cash, Clothing for Homeless

12/14/2018Celebration attendees from the bank’s support departments and our Brookfield Square branch lined up for a wide selection of yummy food and treats as part of the bank’s annual charitable holiday event on December 12.
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Candy Cane Lane Raises Over $2,500 for MACC Fund on North Shore Bank Night

12/13/2018As in years past, North Shore Bank helped open up Candy Cane Lane in West Allis for visitors who wanted to take in the well-known holiday lights display. The event runs through Wednesday, December 26, 2018, and is an annual family favorite.
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Thank You for Supporting our Annual Toy Drives

12/11/2018Once again, our North Shore Bank annual toy drives throughout the state were a success thanks to you. We appreciate your generous donations to the bank’s Toys for Tots campaign, Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County collection and Greater El Bethel Toy Drive in Milwaukee.
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Becoming a Savvy Giver

12/11/2018With rising operating costs, loss of government funding and an increasing demand for services, charities need donors' help now more than ever. Donating to your favorite cause can be fulfilling, but to ensure that your gift reaches the intended source, follow these tips.
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Community Warms Up inside Jackson Park after Tree Lighting

12/10/2018Our Jackson Park branch invited attendees of the neighborhood’s annual Christmas tree lighting on December 7 to stop in afterward for hot cocoa and other treats. 
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Northland Gathers Holiday Gifts for Fox Cities Foster Kids

12/05/2018Our Northland branch sponsored 14 foster children in the Fox Cities area this holiday season, purchasing gifts for the kids, who range in age from 1 to 16.
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Mobile Wallets: Moving Shopping Into the Future

12/05/2018These days, most transactions don’t involve physical money, so why should they involve physical wallets? Thanks to new technologies like Samsung Pay, Google Pay (formerly Android Pay) and Apple Pay, you can now use your smartphone to securely make transactions without ever having to take out your credit card.
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Girl Scouts visit Shorewood Office

12/03/2018In November, a local Girl Scout Troop (#10586) visited our Shorewood branch to learn about banking.
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Free Credit Freezes are Here

11/19/2018Free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here thanks to a new federal law. Here's what you should know:
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Eight Holiday Budget Tips

11/15/2018You may have been a last minute holiday shopper last year, but planning now can help you have a happier, stress-free holiday season this year.
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Home for the Holidays: You can prevent elder abuse.

11/08/2018If you’re like most Americans, you don’t get to see your elderly loved ones as often as you’d like. The holidays offer an opportunity to visit with parents and grandparents. Given that 1 in 10 older Americans are abused and neglected, the National Center on Elder Abuse wants everyone to know what they should be looking for when visiting elderly loved ones to ensure that they are aging with respect and dignity.
 
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Bank Rolls Out Snapchat Filters for Autumn Events

11/07/2018Keep an eye out for more North Shore Bank Snapchat filters at future events we put on or sponsor!
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Pirates, Princesses and More Join Our Super Heroes at NEW Zoo Boo

11/05/2018The NEW Zoo is a great place to visit any time of year, but especially during the three weekends of North Shore Bank’s Zoo Boo!
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Employees’ Kids Trick-or-Treat Throughout Corporate Office

11/02/2018Employees’ children, grandchildren, and other young family members trick-or-treated at Corporate on October 26. 
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Racine Boo at the Zoo Draws Over 4,000 for Trick-or-Treating

11/01/2018Thousands showed up for trick-or-treating and fun at the Racine Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Saturday, October 27.
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Night of the Ghost Train in Shorewood Attracts Family Fun

11/01/2018North Shore Bank once again sponsored the Night of the Ghost Train in Shorewood on October 31.
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Enter our 'Make Change Happen' Video Contest

10/18/2018 
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How to Create a Food Budget

10/16/2018Frugal grocery-buying strategies to minimize monthly expenses.
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Bank Shows Support for Brewers

10/15/2018North Shore Bank employees demonstrated their support for the Milwaukee Brewers by wearing the baseball team’s attire last Friday, October 12.
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Bank President Receives Prestigious Emu Egg from Zoo Society

10/12/2018The Zoological Society of Milwaukee presented president and COO Jay McKenna with one of its highest honors, the coveted Emu Egg Award, at a dinner on September 13, 2018.
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Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo for Free!

10/10/2018On October 6, 2018 North Shore Bank employees helped kick off the new season of Family Free Days, and it was a great time for everyone.
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Using CDs for Your Savings

10/09/2018The advantages and drawbacks of putting your money in a certificate of deposit.
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9 Facts about Retirement

10/04/2018Regardless of what approach you intend to take, here are nine things about retirement that might surprise you.
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North Shore Bank Team Places Second in Spelling Bee Fundraiser

10/03/2018The bank’s Grafton and Mequon branches formed a team and placed second at the Spell Wars spelling bee fundraiser on September 7, 2018.
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Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

09/27/2018Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts.
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Why a Relationship is as Important as the Rate when Searching for Business Financing

09/20/2018If your company is in the market to buy another, look for these qualities in a potential banking partner.
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4 Factors That Influence Your Home's Value

09/14/2018The best way to understand how value works when it comes to your home is to learn what these elements are.
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Bank Employees’ Dogs Join in the Elmbrook Humane Society’s Wagfest

09/10/2018North Shore Bank was a sponsor of the event and attendees spun the prize wheel at the bank’s booth, met employee’s dogs, and visited with one another.
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Racine Team Gets ‘Beastly’ for Zoo Debut Gala

09/10/2018The bank’s Racine office employees attended the Racine Zoo Debut on Saturday, September 8.
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Bank Donates to Shorewood SEED

09/06/2018As part of the grand opening celebrations of its new Shorewood location, North Shore Bank held a “loose change” fundraiser of which it matched up to $1,000 of coins counted during the first week it was open.
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Sun Makes for Beautiful Day at the Racine Car Show

09/05/2018Racine employees staffed a table at the Racine Zoo’s 23rd annual Car, Truck & Bike Show on August 19.
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Should You Install a Banking App on Your Phone?

09/04/2018You may have reservations about incorporating this very important aspect of your life into your smartphone, and that’s perfectly reasonable — here’s what you need to consider.
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Jobs to Keep You Active During Retirement

08/24/2018Retirement strips away the stresses of the workday and replaces them with rest, relaxation, independence and adventure. While you might think that having unlimited time to do whatever you please is endlessly appealing, many retirees find they miss the sense of order that working brought to their lives.
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Essential Improvements to Make Before Listing Your House

08/17/2018If sentimental value translated into actual dollars, selling your house would be easy. Alas, putting your house on the market requires a great deal of work. There are parts of your home that you might find charming or comforting, but they might not translate to new buyers when you put it on the market.
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North Shore Bank’s Children’s Day at Racine Fair Offered Family Fun

08/15/2018Hundreds of kids, parents, and grandparents showed up for Children’s Day at the Racine County Fair. Families had a good time taking in the fair and our Burlington and Union Grove employees helped provide fun with games, craft activities, and prizes. 
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How to Develop a Financial Plan

08/15/2018The key to a good budget is including as much information as you can, so that you can adequately prepare and plan. It's important to keep accurate records of your spending so you'll spot places where you can save money and know how much you can reasonably spend.
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Northland Employees Have a Ball at Timber Rattlers’ Princess Night

08/13/2018Appleton Northland Universal Banker Patt Kox and Teller Kathleen Veu handed out tiaras to youngsters attending the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ Princess Night game on August 10. They took a moment to model the goods themselves, too. An enchanting evening was had by all, and North Shore Bank is proud to sponsor Family Nights at the stadium in Appleton.
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2018 National Night Out Events a Success

08/09/2018The bank participated in National Night Out activities in Franklin and Brookfield once again this year. National Night Out is an annual event that strengthens the relationship between communities and local law enforcement by bringing them together to share food, fun, and information.
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Tips for Estate Planning

08/07/2018When it comes to the topic of estates, having a plan is important, and those who spend some time getting their affairs in order will end up giving the best gifts to their families.
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Shorewood Ribbon Cutting Makes Office Opening Official

08/03/2018We celebrated the grand opening of our new Shorewood office with a VIP ribbon-cutting event on July 31. Community officials joined bank staff and customers to celebrate the new building’s opening and North Shore Bank’s founding 95 years ago in the Village of Shorewood in 1923.
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Bank-branded Baseballs Equal Fun for Fans at the Lakeshore Chinooks Game

08/02/2018It was great to be a part of the Lakeshore Chinooks Baseball season in Mequon. North Shore Bank sponsored Logo Baseball and Team Autograph Night in July. Bank staff were happy to support the community’s family-friendly attraction and they enjoyed running into customers while attending the event.
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Check Out the Bank’s Beastie at the Milwaukee County Zoo

07/24/2018​North Shore Bank is sponsoring a Beastie at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and you can see it through Labor Day.
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Make Paying Bills Easy with Bill Capture

07/20/2018It’s easy to manage your money and pay bills with our free Bill Pay service, especially when you use the Bill Capture feature in Mobile Banking.
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Budgeting for Your First Home

07/18/2018If you have made the decision to purchase your first home, you will likely encounter a number of questions throughout the process. Perhaps no question is as important as that of how you plan to pay for it.
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Five Finance Lessons to Teach Your Kids Before College

07/18/2018Being away from home is a tremendous responsibility for kids, especially when it comes to managing money. With the following tips, your college-bound kid will start school with a financial head-start.
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Protecting the Elderly From Financial Abuse

07/16/2018You, or someone you know, could become the victim of a growing crime in America — financial abuse of older Americans. Seniors are increasingly becoming targets for financial abuse. As people over 50 years old control over 70 percent of the nation's wealth, fraudsters are using new tactics to take advantage of retiring baby boomers and the growing number of older Americans. 
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Forbes Ranks North Shore Bank a Top Wisconsin Bank

07/12/2018North Shore Bank was included on Forbes‘ first-ever lists of Best-in-State Banks and Credit Unions, released late last month.
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Office Olympics Raises Funds for Hope House

07/12/2018Our Corporate Community Outreach Committee’s Office Olympics raised nearly $600 for Hope House of Milwaukee, along with three overflowing large boxes of donated goods.
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Great Crowd for Tosa July 4th Parade

07/06/2018While the weather was warm for this year’s Fourth of July Parade in Wauwatosa, the turnout was great and it was wonderful to be part of one of our area’s best parades. Our employees and their families rode North Shore Bank’s patriotic float and received warm greetings from customers and neighbors.
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7 Banking Tips Millennials Need to Know

07/05/2018Use bank tech to save without thinking about it. Consider automatic payroll deductions or automatic transfer from checking to savings. Arrange to have a specific amount transferred to your savings account every pay period.
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North Shore Sponsors Kids’ Race at Shorewood Criterium

07/02/2018This year’s Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic took place June 28. The annual bike race is part of the Tour of America’s Dairyland, an 11-day competition taking place across southeast Wisconsin.
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Kenosha Kingfish Invite Kids Club for Tour

06/28/2018North Shore Bank’s Kenosha Area branch staff attended this summer’s first North Shore Bank–sponsored event for the Kenosha Kingfish Kids Club, a VIP tour of the Northwoods League baseball team’s stadium, followed by lunch.
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6 Money Mistakes Newlyweds Should Avoid

06/26/2018

Developing a financial plan can often take a backseat to the excitement of a wedding, but it’s important to remember that this is not only a marriage of hearts but also a marriage of finances and future together.

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Bank Sponsors Power Breakfast at the Pfister Hotel

06/22/2018About 350 Milwaukee-area business and community leaders attended the Milwaukee Business Journal Power Breakfast presented by North Shore Bank.
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Bank’s Float Wins Patriot Award in 68th Appleton Flag Day Parade

06/20/2018Each year we look forward to participating in the Appleton Flag Day Parade, and this year we are honored to receive an award for our float.
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SCAM ALERT: Protecting your devices from cryptojacking

06/18/2018Instead of min(d)ing their own business, are scammers using your computer as their virtual ATM?
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Five Ways Your Business Can Protect Itself from Rising Payment Fraud

06/18/2018The Association for Financial Professionals’ 2018 Payments Fraud and Control Survey offers both comfort and concern for U.S. businesses.
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Bank Donates Bikes for Fisheree

06/13/2018North Shore Bank once again donated bikes for a boy and a girl at the Burlington Conservation Club’s 49th annual Kids Fisheree in late May.
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How to Complete a SWOT Analysis for Your Business

06/13/2018Taking a candid look at the internal and external factors that influence your strategy.
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Four Tips to Get Ahead After College

06/13/2018Financial planning as a college graduate is all about security: building your savings and improving your fiscal flexibility so you’re not living paycheck to paycheck. Here is some expert advice for tackling that debt and taking the first steps toward long-term success.
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Increase in Payments Fraud Fueled by BEC Scams

06/05/2018In the past year, payments fraud has increased to levels we have not seen before. The 2018 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Report revealed that, after a couple of years of decline, payments fraud rose to a record high of 74 percent in 2017.
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Preventing Fraud Topic of Seminar in Waukesha

06/04/2018On May 24, North Shore Bank partnered with Regus to host a free business fraud prevention seminar at Regus in Waukesha. Event attendees learned about the types of business fraud, fraud’s financial impact, what can happen to an organization that is affected by fraud, common fraud schemes, real-life Wisconsin examples, and more.
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Create a Growth Culture for Your Business

06/01/2018Company culture is as important to the long-term success of your business as the product you sell and the service you provide. With the right philosophy and approach, you can create a workplace that helps your team perform to their full potential.
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8 Tips for Seniors: How to Protect Yourself from Money Scams

05/25/2018Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year. Use these tips from NCOA and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement to protect yourself or an older adult you know.
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Bank Services Now Available At Additional El Rey Stores

05/18/2018In an exciting extension of our Video Teller initiative, we are expanding our video teller service to two additional El Rey grocery stores.
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Should Having Children Change Your Retirement Savings Priorities?

05/16/2018Why retirement comes first, then your child’s college fund.
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Bank Named Top Workplace Winner for Sixth Time

05/14/2018North Shore Bank has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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Nice Weather Fuels Large Turnout in another Successful Community Shredding Day

05/08/2018On Saturday, May 5th, we were able to securely destroy and recycle over 38 tons of paper during North Shore Bank’s 12th Annual Free Community Shredding Day.
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6 Tips for Your Financial Spring Cleaning

05/07/2018ABA recommends these six tips to help you organize your finances.
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Adjusting Your Savings When Your Income Changes

05/07/2018When your income does change, for better or worse, it is important to know how you can adapt.
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7 Paper Purging Tips

04/27/2018The bank gets questions from customers about what papers they should save, what they can discard and the best way to handle both kinds of documents. Here are some tips that can help you organize your paperwork and protect your identity.
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Employees Recognized for Service

04/16/2018Each year, our bank employees nominate co-workers to recognize their commitment to outstanding service, community involvement, and leadership. As part of this year’s annual SOAR Together Awards, we received 40 nominations for 32 outstanding employees. Winners received a $500 cash reward and a SOAR Together recognition plaque.
 
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Teaching Your Kids the Basics of Finances

04/11/2018Learning how to handle, where to invest, and what not to do with money are skills everyone needs to be successful in life. The earlier kids are introduced to smart money-management practices, the better prepared they’ll be to handle their finances when they leave the nest.
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Automatic vs. Manual Bill Pay

03/28/2018The increase of technology in our society is not only seeping into our media and personal tech, but also into our finances.
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Appleton April Fools’ 5k Run/Walk Fundraiser Fuels School District

03/27/2018North Shore Bank employees and our mascot, Seymour Savings were on hand to cheer for participants in the March 23 Appleton April Fools’ 5k Run/Walk fundraiser for the Appleton Area School District (AASD).
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Now Over 33,000 Free ATMs for North Shore Bank Customers

03/27/2018With warmer weather ahead, many of you are busy making vacation plans to hit the road and we are happy to announce that North Shore Bank customers are now able to take advantage of even more free ATMs through the MoneyPass Network.
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6 Ways to Save for Your Vacation

03/21/2018Spring and summer are popular vacation times, saving for a trip takes time and discipline.
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How to Save for Your Child's Future

03/15/2018Parenthood involves providing for your child, both now and in the future. Many parents are actively involved in helping fund their child’s future education.
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Five Factors That Determine Your Credit Score

03/06/2018The importance of understanding what influences your credit score
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Scrabble Bee Helps Support Literacy in Green Bay

03/06/2018North Shore Bank employees took part in Literacy Green Bay’s Scrabble Bee on March 1, an annual fundraiser for the group, at the Swan Club in De Pere.
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Winterfest Brings Family Fun to Historic Greendale

03/02/2018On Saturday, February 24, North Shore Bank co-sponsored Winterfest in Greendale with National Bakery. 
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Podcast: Learning the Basics of Borrowing

02/28/2018Borrowing money is a part of almost everyone’s financial lives and there are things that you can do to prepare yourself to be an informed borrower.
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Bank Supports "Focus on Manufacturing" Breakfast

02/26/2018North Shore Bank was the presenting sponsor of the WMC Foundation Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast at the Pfister Hotel on February 23. The breakfast addressed current and relevant topics related to the manufacturing industry, and supply chain management.
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Bank Sponsors Mequon Winter Frolic

02/19/2018Our Mequon office employees and the bank’s mascot, Seymour Savings, took part in the sixth annual Mequon Winter Frolic at the Mequon Nature Preserve on February 3.
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Business Bankers Deliver Pączkis

02/15/2018To celebrate Fat Tuesday, our Business Bankers delivered over 40 dozen Pączkis to 35 of our clients on February 13.
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Itemizing Your Deductions

02/15/2018Throughout the year, you may accumulate expenses that you can claim on your federal income taxes. This means that these items are eligible to be excluded from your taxable income. These exclusions are called itemized deductions.
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Podcast: Do's and Don'ts of the Mortgage Process

02/14/2018When applying for a mortgage loan, you want the process to be as smooth as possible. There are a number of factors to keep in mind, including some general "do's and don'ts" that you should follow.
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Local Schools Benefit from Bank Teaming Up with Milwaukee Admirals

02/12/2018North Shore Bank was proud to support the efforts of our educators in a fun event where local teachers “Dash for Cash” at the Milwaukee Admirals game at the UWM Panther Arena in Milwaukee on February 11.
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Should You Keep Renting?

02/07/2018If you are planning on moving in the near future, you are likely wondering about the comparative benefits of renting and buying. Here are a few things that you should consider when trying to determine if you should keep renting — or say “sayonara” to your landlord and purchase your own property.
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7 Home Improvements That Can Build Equity

02/06/2018Homeowners understand that through renovations—both big and small—they can successfully add value to their home. The only problem is knowing where to start; what projects should homeowners invest their hard-earned money and time into in order to build equity?
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Employees Go Red for Heart Health Awareness

02/05/2018North Shore Bank employees dressed in RED to support National Wear Red Day and millions battling heart disease on February 2. The disease claims the lives of too many women and men each year and we are proud to help raise awareness.
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How to Turn Your Talents into a Small Business Venture

02/02/2018Nearly any interest you have can be seen as a business opportunity. There are gaps in every marketplace and when you’re a part of the consumer base, it can often be easier to see those gaps than if you’re on the production side.
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Beware: A Cybersecurity Threat May Be Diverting Your Paycheck

01/31/2018You may recall the early-2017 news coverage regarding the release of thousands of W-2s.  The 2018 version on this scam appears in employee inboxes.
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New Bayshore Office to Open

01/24/2018Our brand new Bayshore office is nearly complete and North Shore Bank is excited to begin a new chapter in our commitment to the Glendale area community.
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Small Business Budgeting 101

01/23/2018If you have just started a new business or are planning to, budgeting is probably one of the first things on your mind. Estimating and matching expenses to revenue helps business owners determine whether they have sufficient funds to expand their business, generate income, or grow the operation.
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Teachers Dash for Cash to Help Their Schools

01/22/2018On Saturday, January 20, Green Bay Gamblers Hockey and North Shore Bank teamed up to raise $14,358 for local Green Bay area high, middle, and elementary schools during Teachers Dash for Cash. At the game a record high $8,500 was tossed on a large carpet at center ice at the first intermission for 32 area teachers to collect for their respective schools.
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Prioritizing Loan Repayment

01/18/2018Paying off debt can be trickier than it sounds. Many people have a mix of debt that ranges from student loans and credit cards to auto loans and mortgages. In the long term, it pays off to know where to start and what loans you should prioritize repaying.
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Why It’s Time to Take Your Financial Statements Online

01/16/2018Online Banking has opened up a world of convenience to financial consumers. Instead of waiting patiently for a paper statement to arrive in the mail, banking customers can log in anytime and anywhere to review the status of their bank account.
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5 Tips for Investing in Your 20s

01/12/2018You have finally graduated college and, after finally finding a full-time job, can start paying back those student loans. Retirement seems like it is in the distant future and you are more concerned with living paycheck to paycheck.
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Three Family-Focused New Year's Resolutions

01/11/2018Each New Year’s Eve you probably draft a few resolutions to tackle, and like most people, you effectively break or abandon these good intentions before the month of January is over. Making a change, breaking a habit or incorporating a new routine is exceptionally difficult, especially if you are going at it alone.
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Supermarket Races to Benefit Local Food Pantries

01/10/2018North Shore Bank hosted its ninth annual Race for the Hungry on Wednesday, December 27 at three supermarkets benefitting three food pantries. The Race for the Hungry is an annual community event that challenges participants in a head-to-head competition to support local food pantries and win free gift cards.
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Bank Sponsors Princess Night at the Green Bay Gamblers

01/04/2018On Wednesday, December 27, North Shore Bank sponsored Princess Night at the Green Bay Gamblers hockey game. Young fans were encouraged to dress up like royalty and had a chance to mingle with their favorite princesses before and during the game.
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Corporate Bank Employees Hold Festive Fundraiser for Local Veterans

01/02/2018Our corporate employees raised $1,766 for veterans’ organizations in conjunction with their holiday celebration in December. That money was split evenly between the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative and the Wisconsin Veterans Home, along with household goods and food donations.
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Bank Breaks Ground on New Branch in Shorewood

12/19/2017On December 12, we celebrated the groundbreaking of our new Shorewood branch, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2018! The new branch will blend banking conveniences such as video tellers and interactive kiosks with personal bankers and teller stations.
 
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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

12/19/2017Discover how you can protect your home from the harsh temperatures and conditions that cold weather brings. 
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Making the Most of Your Online Banking Tools

12/08/2017Online banking has completely revolutionized the way Americans do their banking, making the process simpler, faster, more convenient and more secure than ever. During the busy holiday season, take advantage of the online financial tools to save you time.
 
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Bank Raises Money to Save Santa Float

12/04/2017North Shore Bank in Menasha hosted a community fundraiser on Saturday, November 25 with free public coin counting and monetary collection to help the Neenah-Menasha Fire Department. The bank pledged to match up to $1,000 of donations collected to help support the fire department’s annual Santa float and Santa visits.
 
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Annual Candy Cane Lane Involvement to Support MACC Fund

12/01/2017North Shore Bank offices in Milwaukee proudly supported the annual Candy Cane Lane holiday lights display. Bank employees attended the kick-off event and mascot night to collect loose change for the North Shore Bank Change for a Cure drive to benefit Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (MACC Fund).
 
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Northland Office Kicks Off the Holiday Season With The 47th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade

11/24/2017Joining the Appleton community in a holiday tradition, North Shore Bank proudly showed off our holiday float in the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.
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Jackson Park Office Combines Technology and Community

11/24/2017Learn more about an exciting chapter in our commitment to you and the Jackson Park community.
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Special Holiday Gift Cards

11/24/2017This holiday give the #1 gift of choice with Gift Cards! They’re a perfect solution for large orders with personalization, seasonal designs and nationwide acceptance.
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Eight Security Warning Signs When Shopping Online

11/24/2017It’s an undeniable fact that many customers shop online, either for personal shopping or gift giving.
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Sussex Celebrates Community with Harvest Fest

11/22/2017It was great to see everyone come out to kick off autumn at our Sussex office's annual Harvest Fest.
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Holiday Shopping on a Budget

11/21/2017The holidays should be a time for celebration and generosity, not for accumulating credit card debt and draining your savings.
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How to Improve Curb Appeal to Boost Your Selling Price

11/08/2017The rule about not judging a book by its cover is broken constantly, especially when it comes to the real estate market.
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Tips for Launching a Successful Start-Up

11/02/2017Consider these ideas to help get your business up and running.
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Podcast: Should You Save Your Credit Card Information Online?

11/01/2017If you shop online frequently, the question of whether it is safe to store credit card information online for the purposes of faster and easier check outs is a valid one that can be approached a number of ways.
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North Shore Bank Participates in Night of the Ghost Train in Shorewood

11/01/2017On Halloween, North Shore Bank participated in the Village of Shorewood’s "Night of the Ghost Train" Halloween event, a community-wide celebration in honor of the Ghost Train's first anniversary.
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How Much Money Should You Save Each Month?

10/27/2017Despite the challenges of setting money aside, it’s important for your financial well-being to try and save a target amount each month.
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4 Things to Know About Medicare

10/25/2017What you need to know about this government health insurance program.
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Why You Should Use a Credit Card for Small Business Purchases

10/23/2017For small business owners with little credit history, a credit card can be beneficial.
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Video Teller Technology Expands Hours to More Locations

10/23/2017Our Video Tellers are excited to help you with your banking needs during extended hours.
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When to Consider Switching Insurers

10/19/2017How do you know when it’s time to pull the plug on your insurance company?
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All Smiles at Milwaukee County Zoo’s Family Free Day

10/18/2017North Shore Bank proudly sponsors Family Free Days at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
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12 Tips to Protect Your Mobile Device From Hackers

10/17/2017As popularity among these devices continues to grow, North Shore Bank is highlighting steps you can take to protect your devices from cyber threats.
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Fall Fest Raises Money For Cudahy Girls Basketball

10/16/2017During the free event, families stopped by to learn about money with hands-on financial education games for kids and enjoyed free seasonal refreshments, a bouncy house, and more.
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North Shore Bank's New Jackson Park Office is Now Open

10/13/2017We are excited to begin a new chapter in our commitment to you and the Jackson Park community.
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Flood Relief for Love, Inc. in Burlington

10/12/2017Together with the community and a $1,000 match from North Shore Bank, Love, Inc. received over $4,000.
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Podcast: What is Escrow and How Does it Work?

10/11/2017Allow this guide to help you understand what escrow is and the ways in which it comes into play during a home buying transaction.
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Benefits of Hiring a Tax Professional for Your Business

10/04/2017Why you need a professional to handle your business’s taxes.
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When is the Best Time to Get a Business Loan?

10/03/2017 
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Increasing the Efficiency of Your Business

10/02/2017Make certain that your business runs like a well-oiled machine.
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Purchase Advanced Tickets for the North Shore Bank Zoo Boo in Green Bay

09/27/2017Save money by purchasing your North Shore Bank Zoo Boo tickets in advance.
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Is Social Media Marketing Worth the Cost?

09/27/2017Here are a few of the costs and benefits to weigh before making your decision.
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Bank involved in America’s Favorite Pastime

09/25/2017North Shore Bank, as part of community sponsorships, partnered with baseball teams from Kenosha to Appleton.
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Why It’s Important to Have a Specific Checking Account for Your Business

09/22/2017There are many reasons to have a separate checking account for your business.
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Elmbrook Humane Society’s Wagfest Draws A Crowd

09/22/2017North Shore Bank is proud to support the Elmbrook Humane Society.
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What is Escrow and How Does it Work?

09/18/2017Understanding how you can use an escrow account when purchasing a home.
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How to Turn Unhappy Customers into Valuable Resources

09/13/2017An unhappy customer can become your biggest asset, if you know what to do.
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Should You Save Your Credit Card Information Online?

09/11/2017How to protect your information when shopping on the internet.
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10 Common Auto Financing Terms

09/07/2017Defining the essential vehicle finance jargon you should know.
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Make Your Change Count! Give During Our Free Coin Counting Community Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Victims

09/01/2017North Shore Bank is offering free coin counting to the public Thursday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 9, as part of a community fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
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Bank Marks Grand Reopening of West Allis Office

09/01/2017Our recently remodeled West Allis location held a reopening celebration with customers.
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Wise Giving in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

08/31/2017It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Texas. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.
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North Shore Bank Welcomes Cristo Rey Jesuit Student Interns

08/23/2017North Shore Bank is excited to have students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School join its team. Students will work in different departments throughout the bank during the school year, 2017-2018. This is a new partnership for the bank, and we are happy to have them with us.
 
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Same-Day Payments Begin September 15, 2017

08/22/2017As part of a national mandate to improve and modernize the U.S. payments system, you may have already noticed a change in the times during the day that North Shore Bank applies electronic Direct Deposits to your account. This change was made to help provide you with faster access to funds for same-day Direct Deposits to your account.
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BUSINESS: How to Avoid Online Data Breaches

08/21/2017In order to keep your business—not to mention your customers’ passwords, credit card details and social security numbers—safe, be sure to follow these tips for avoiding online data breaches.

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Five Cool Ways to Save Extra Money

08/16/2017There are many ways to save a little extra money each month, some of which have added benefits beyond financial ones. Have a little fun and get some great additional perks with these five out-of-the-ordinary ways to save extra money.
 
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North Shore Bank Proudly Presented Taste of Wisconsin in Kenosha

08/15/2017Around 47,000 people attended Taste of Wisconsin in Kenosha on the lakefront from July 28 to 30 — and North Shore Bank was part of the festivities. This event is a major fundraiser put on by the Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha and the community comes together to enjoy a lot of food, drink, entertainment, demos, and activities for the kids.
 
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Afraid to sell in a seller’s market? It may make sense to buy your next home first

08/04/2017It’s a circular problem that is frustrating potential buyers, real estate agents, and everyone else who benefits from home sales:  Many would-be sellers are unwilling to list their homes for fear of becoming buyers in a seller’s market.
 
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How to Discuss Investment Opportunities With Your Spouse

07/27/2017Money can be a sensitive topic, especially between married couples. If you share your finances, then it is likely that any new investment opportunity should be discussed with your spouse before you proceed.
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Christmas in July

07/26/2017The holiday season should be a time of celebration and happiness, not stress. That’s why the idea of “Christmas in July” is so appealing. Instead of celebrating the holiday during the summer, start planning Christmas in July to save you from hassle and worry down the road when the holiday season gets closer.
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Bank Sponsors Giraffe Day at Racine Zoo

07/19/2017North Shore Bank once again sponsored World Giraffe Day at the Racine Zoo in June. Employees talked with zoo-goers about the bank’s commitment to the Zoo’s Giraffe Encounter and local family-friendly community activities.
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How Is Your Credit Score Determined?

07/15/2017Your credit score is calculated by a combination of five different factors, each contributing a different ratio of influence. According to Stacy Smith, Senior Publish Education Specialist for Experian, it involves your payment history, utilization, length of credit history, recent activity and overall capacity.
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Bank Participates in July Fourth Festivities

07/10/2017We had a fun time at the Brookfield and Wauwatosa 4th of July parades this year. It was terrific to see so many friendly faces and Seymour Savings enjoyed greeting all the kids! Our employees were out in full force walking along both parade routes greeting customers and neighbors while handling out goodies to children.
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2017 Social Security Changes You Might Have Missed

07/07/2017Money never sleeps, and changes to the way that it works for you and your future happen regularly and often. If you are a Social Security beneficiary, then your benefits are no exception. A number of changes have already been implemented for 2017; if you are not aware of what they are and how they will affect you, consider the following.
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Shorewood Cycling Classic Draws Big Crowd

06/30/2017Shorewood held its 14th Annual Criterium Cycle Classic  June 22nd in the Shorewood Business District, as patrons of all ages and backgrounds cycled their way out for the race activities and fun.
 
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Why You Should Treat Your Savings like a Bill

06/29/2017The ‘pay-yourself-first’ strategy is a popular tactic for personal saving; but there is a similar way to describe this same school of thought that is even more effective: Treating your savings like a bill.
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Muskego Youth Football Scores Touchdown with Community Brat Fry

06/26/2017North Shore Bank joined forces with the Muskego Youth Football Program to host a community brat fry fundraiser June 2nd at our Muskego branch. Community members stopped by to devour a hot supper fresh off the grill and enjoy the festivities during Jammin’ on Janesville. All proceeds were donated directly to the Muskego Youth Football Program.
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North Shore Bank Recognizes New Berlin High School Students for Financial Literacy

06/21/2017North Shore Bank honored students from New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower this past month for their commitment to financial responsibility and for partaking in the bank’s Financial Scholars Program. The program provides students with valuable financial information to help teens become financially literate in the community and ready for a fiscally healthy future.
 
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Four Mistakes People Make With Student Loans

06/20/2017​Going to college is a life-changing experience that can open doors to new careers and increase your lifetime earning potential. If you are looking for a new student loan or are trying to make the best out of the repayment period, make sure you are avoiding these common student loan mistakes.
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Appleton Flag Day Parade Honors United States Coast Guard

06/15/2017The 67th Annual Flag Day Parade was held in Appleton June 10, 2017 to celebrate community, family traditions, and respect for Old Glory. The parade featured over 100 military units with participants from veteran’s organizations, scout troops, walking units, multiple marching bands, and North Shore Bank.
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Tips for Managing Health Care Costs After Retirement

06/14/2017With so many factors in play and different working components to consider, the concept of saving for retirement can become a great source of anxiety. There may be no greater cause of stress when it comes to saving for your golden years than the cost of medical expenses, and with good reason.
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Estate Planning Strategies to Help Keep Family Money

06/06/2017Estate planning isn’t just for the super wealthy; everyone can benefit from seriously considering how their assets will be passed down to their family. These general strategies can help you start thinking about ways to keep more money within your family.
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North Shore Bank to Host Homebuilders Workshop in Kenosha June 3rd

05/31/2017Saturday, June 3rd, North Shore Bank will be hosting a workshop to give prospective homebuilders tips and advice about how to get started.
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BUSINESS: Your Local Financial Institution Is Still Your Best Bet

05/31/2017From crowd-sourcing to credit cards, there are a myriad of options to sift through when trying to finance your business.
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Six Important Steps Before Buying a Home

05/30/2017So, you’re ready to buy a home. Home ownership is a major milestone in anyone’s life — but also one that involves many complexities and responsibilities.
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Bank Employees Raise Over $8,500 for UPAF at Derby Day Fundraiser

05/29/2017Corporate employees held a “Derby Day” fundraiser for Milwaukee’s United Performing Arts Fund on May 2, featuring lunch and games.
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Branch Manager Debbie Cottone Retires, Leaving a Legacy of Learning

05/24/2017After starting her banking career 45 years ago, Greendale Branch Manager Debbie Cottone recently retired.
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Investing During Retirement

05/18/2017There is more at stake when you are investing during retirement because you no longer have an income that can make up for potential losses.
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High Turnout, Great Weather Fuels Another Successful Community Shredding Day

05/11/2017Customers and neighbors turned out in large numbers to securely shred their unwanted documents at North Shore Bank’s annual Community Shredding Day on May 6th.
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Bank’s Kids Day in Fox Valley Helps Drive Community Wellness

05/09/2017North Shore Bank held its annual Kids Day Fox Valley event May 6th in Menasha. The free event gave families the opportunity to learn about health and safety issues that affect the community.
 
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Six Tips for Making Safe Credit and Debit Card Purchases Online

05/08/2017With online shopping becoming the norm, people have also become more susceptible to identity theft. It’s imperative that you be careful and mindful of how you shop online.
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Three Things You Need to Do to Your Student Loans Right Now

04/27/2017Recent college graduates already have enough on their plates worrying about getting a job and supporting themselves — the last thing they want to do is stress over student loan repayment. For most, paying off student loans takes a long time, so no matter where you are in that process; there are three things you should stop and do right now.
 
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Using Your HSA for Retirement

04/18/2017Most financial products that are created as tools for retirement savings, like IRAs and 401(k)s, offer some type of tax advantage that allows you to get the most bang for your buck. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a type of account that provides tax advantages to offset the cost of health care expenses. So what does that have to do with retirement?
 
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Video Tellers Personalize Customer Experience

04/13/2017North Shore Bank’s ATM/Video Teller locations deliver a highly personalized and convenient method of banking for customers, affording you the opportunity to get help with banking after branch office hours.
 
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The Dangers of DIY Projects: Why It’s Best to Get a Loan to Properly Pay for Work

04/06/2017Many homeowners decide to take on an improvement project either because of cost or the desire to do something for themselves. However, sometimes it’s best to get a loan and leave the work to the professionals.
 
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SCAM ALERT: Watch Out for This Chip Card Scam

03/30/2017The country is progressing quickly on the path to replacing magnetic strip swipe cards with new, more secure chip cards.
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How Using Local Vendors Can Help Your Business

03/29/2017When your small business is just starting out, it is important to keep costs at a minimum.
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Why Online Bill Pay Is Right for You

03/29/2017Online bill pay is no longer a question of whether you should or should not do it; there are obvious benefits to making your bill payments online, as long as you are comfortable using this technology.
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Multiple Reasons to Consider a Professional for Investing

03/28/2017A 2014 study found that investors who used professional help in setting up or managing their accounts had returns 3.32 percentage points higher than those of people who went at it alone, even after taking fees into account. 
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Bank’s Mortgage Seminars Aid in Home Sale and Purchase Readiness

03/28/2017A series of Get Smart Home Seminars were held throughout the state during North Shore Bank’s annual Mortgage Days.
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5 Ways to Make Your Money Work for You

03/27/2017Your nine-to-five job or career provides you with a solid stream of cash, but there’s more money to be made.
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Bank Holds "Sweet Sixteen" Fundraiser for the MACC Fund

03/24/2017North Shore Bank’s corporate office employees held a Sweet Sixteen Fundraiser to Benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.). 
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Avoiding Five Common Business Startup Failures

03/21/2017Hundreds of new businesses are started every day, and unfortunately more than half of them fail within their first two years.
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Fun Scout Night at the Fox Cities Ice Dogs Hockey Game

03/15/2017Employees from Appleton Northland and Pulaski helped out at Scout Night at the Fox Cities Ice Dogs hockey game on March 10.
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North Shore Bank Employees Help Raise $2,000 to treat Cerebral Palsy

03/06/2017Our branches in the North Region sold candy bars to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Center in Green Bay, and were able to raise close to $1,300.
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Kudos to Our MLK Drive Employees who Helped Save a Customer’s Life

02/28/2017Employees at our Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive office recently helped save a customer’s life, as reported in a story by Milwaukee’s Fox6 News.
 
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Bank Goes Red for Heart Health Awareness

02/27/2017North Shore Bank employees went RED in support of National Wear Red Day and millions battling the disease. Heart disease claims the lives of too many women and men each year and we are proud to help raise awareness.
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Bank Sponsors Sleigh Rides at Mequon Winter Frolic

02/27/2017Our Mequon office employees and the bank’s mascot, Seymour Savings took part in the fifth annual Mequon Winter Frolic at the Mequon Nature Preserve on February 4, sponsoring sleigh rides and operating a table at the event.
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SCAM ALERT: There’s an app for that (but it might be fake)

02/27/2017As more and more consumers are shopping with mobile apps, fraudsters are following the money. There are fake phone apps popping up that impersonate well-known retailers in order to steal your personal information. Their names are similar to well-known brands, and their descriptions promise enticing deals or features.
 
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Buying a House with Little or No Credit

02/27/2017As with any major purchase that requires a line of credit, the process of buying a home starts with your credit score; the better it is, the better your chances of being approved for a loan. But what happens if you have little or no credit history, as is the case with many first-time homebuyers?
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The Benefits of Teamwork for Employee Relationships

02/22/2017In business, certain tasks can be accomplished solely through the work of individuals. For those projects that do require more than one person, organizing a group project not only benefits the success with which the project is completed but can also positively affect employee relationships.
 
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Preventing Overdrafts

02/17/2017Seeing red? Prevent a negative balance in your account by following these simple tips, many of which can be achieved with a simple enrollment in online banking.
 
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Finding Mentors and Support in Your Field

02/16/2017Whether you are just starting your professional life or are knee-deep in your field and looking for a way to further your success, looking to a mentor for help can be the answer.

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9 Business Tax Code Resources For Your Tax-time Toolbox

02/14/2017If you feel overwhelmed by the tax code governing your small-business tax obligations and filing procedures, there is a very good reason for that: the tax code is a gigantic document that you likely have never even encountered.
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How to Get a Handle on Profit and Loss Statements

02/13/2017Out of all the financial statements that you need to maintain while running a business, profit and loss statements are among the most important, enabling you to assess your business’s current finances and make projections for the future.
 
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Consolidating Business Debt

02/10/2017Savvy small-business owners are always looking for financial solutions to improve their debt situation, lower their expenses and improve their cash flow, and debt consolidation is a move that can potentially help them achieve all three.
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Financial Skills Everyone Should Have

02/07/2017Basic money management skills are key to a financially successful life. Conversely, if you don’t learn the basics of your finances, you can end up in serious debt and struggle to make ends meet.
 
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Buying vs. Renting

01/31/2017When Bill Brace’s daughter Claire told him she was planning to rent an apartment, he had just one question: “Why do you want to rent in a market like this?”
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How Do Loan Terms Impact Your Interest Rate?

01/31/2017Taking out a loan for a car or a home is a big process that involves many important choices. Although you can’t simply choose whatever interest you prefer—after all, everyone would just choose 0 percent—you can still choose the term, or length, of your loan which can have a big impact on the interest rate.
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Bank Teams Up with Green Bay Gamblers Hockey to Donate $11,500 for Local Schools

01/31/2017North Shore Bank and the Green Bay Gamblers teamed up to raise $11,500.00 for local area high, middle and elementary schools in the Dash for Cash at the Green Bay Gamblers hockey game on Saturday, January 28. $7,500 was placed at center ice and collected by twenty-eight teachers in front of 6,691 fans.
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How Online Banking Can Help You Budget Better

01/30/2017Online Banking can make a personal budget much easier to manage. Enrolling will offer you numerous benefits to constantly ensure that your finances are on track.
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Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attacks

01/26/2017In the digital age, cyberattacks are not only a reality but commonplace among businesses and consumers. Knowing how to protect your business from cyber threats is crucial to the lifespan of your business.
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Tax Scammers Might Target You: Here’s What to Do

01/25/2017It’s that time of year — tax time. It’s also a great time to get up to speed on tax-related scams. Here are two ways tax scammers might target you and here are some steps you can take to prevent it.
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What Generation Z Wants in an Employer

01/25/2017These days, most businesses are focused on marketing their products to millennials, who have a great deal of spending power. But if you run a business and are in the market for fresh new employees, you may want to focus on selling your product to the next generational group preparing to enter the workforce — Generation Z.
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Business Credit Mistakes

01/25/2017If you’re ready to take the leap and expand your business, you may be wondering how you’ll be able to come up with the money to finance it. Before diving into contact a lender, there are a few steps to take.
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Top Mistakes Businesses Make Handling Negative Reviews

01/17/2017The internet can be a great convenience for a small business, but one negative comment floating out there in cyberspace could mean disaster. If the unfortunate circumstance does occur where your business receives a public customer complaint, you will want to act efficiently and effectively to ensure the problem doesn’t grow to bring the entire company down.
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Northland Office Sponsors Local Family for Holidays

01/11/2017For the holidays, our Northland staff in Appleton purchased and collected gifts for a family as part of the Salvation Army–Fox Cities Adopt-a-Family program. This was the second year they participated in the program and supported a single mom and her kids for Christmas.
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Race for the Hungry Brings in Food for Charities in Eighth Year

01/09/2017North Shore Bank hosted our eighth annual Race for the Hungry events at grocery stores within our communities on December 27. These races engage participants in a head-to-head competition to support local food pantries and win free groceries.
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Don’t Be a Boss - Be a Leader

01/09/2017As a business owner or manager, you most likely have a range of staff reporting to you. In that role, you have a couple of options for how you can serve your employees: you can choose to be a boss or a leader.
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Corporate Employees Mark Winter Holidays with Seussical Celebration

01/06/2017The bank’s corporate employees celebrated the winter holidays with a How the Grinch Stole Christmas! theme.
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The Power of Compound Interest

01/06/2017Money in a savings or retirement account grows over time as it earns interest. But the interest rate isn’t the only factor that determines how much it grows; compounding interest helps your funds grow faster because it lets you earn interest on the money you deposit plus previously earned interest.
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Questions You Should Ask the Dealer When Car Shopping

01/05/2017No matter whether you are shopping for a new or used vehicle, there are certain questions you will always want to know the answers to. The answers the dealer provides will tell you whether you are getting the most car for your money.
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Joint Checking With Your Spouse: How Much to Contribute

12/19/2016Many couples decide to open a joint bank account once they get married, while others maintain separate accounts to manage their finances. There is no right or wrong decision, but if you are going to open a joint account, there are several factors to consider regarding how much each spouse should contribute.
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Bank Celebrated 10 Years in Sussex with a Big Party for Families

12/16/2016The Sussex branch celebrated its 10th anniversary with an open house on October 22. The event had free pumpkins for kids to decorate and a bouncy house, as well as a de-cluttering seminar and grilled lunch prepared by the Hamilton High School Robotics Club.
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Best Ways to Save for Your Mortgage Down Payment

12/15/2016Buying a home is a huge step in life and begins with a huge hurdle: the down payment. Fortunately, by starting early and thinking things through, you can get a solid jump on saving. Here are some easy ideas to get you started.
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Online Financial Scams to Avoid

12/14/2016Once you begin experiencing the time savings and convenience of banking online, it may become hard to remember how you ever lived without it. The online tools provided by your financial institution can make many of your financial tasks a breeze, while built-in security measures keep your information and your money safe.
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Employees Offered Financial Education at Money Conference in Racine

12/14/2016The Burlington and Regency branch staff helped out at the 12th annual Racine/Kenosha Money Conference on November 19, a daylong financial conference designed to help youth and families improve their money management skills.
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Bank Proudly Participates in the 46th Annual Appleton Christmas Parade

12/14/2016North Shore Bank looks forward to being a part of Appleton’s Annual Christmas parade. We had a fantastic time waving to customers and neighbors from our float and taking in all the sights and sounds of this great event. Hope everyone had as much fun as we did.
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Best Ways to Spend Your Money Once You’ve Retired

12/13/2016There is no right or wrong way to spend your money once you’ve retired. But you also don’t want to spend a lifetime of savings on something trivial or wasteful, or on nothing at all. Instead, you may want to spend your money in a unique and enjoyable way.
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Tax Deductions When You Work From Home

12/12/2016Working from home can be a great way to cultivate a healthy work-life balance and save money — whether you are self-employed or simply work out of a home office. Not only do you save on commuting costs, but you may also be eligible for tax deductions.
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Reinvesting Your Profits

12/09/2016The power to transform your ideas into real products and services is one of the most fulfilling parts of being a business owner—and when those ideas become profitable, the feeling is even better. Deciding what to do with those profits is an important part of running your business, starting with determining what percentage of your profits to reinvest.
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Girls on the Run 5K Draws Crowd to Bayshore Town Center

12/07/2016Lots of kids and families came out for the 5K. Our employees supported the run by volunteering to coach girls and helping with the Girls on the Run 5K Turkey Trot on November 13 at the Bayshore Town Center Mall. Girls on the Run is a program for girls in the third through eighth grades.
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Customer Service in the Digital Age

12/07/2016Today’s technology has helped to make it easier for businesses to communicate with their customers, but it has also brought on a fair share of unique customer service challenges. The following will explain how you can become aware of some of these issues and manage them accordingly.
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What Documents Do You Need to Save for the IRS?

12/05/2016Generating income, making purchases and paying your employees are just a few of the many financial transactions that occur during the normal course of business that leave a paper trail of supporting documents. It is important to save many of these documents because they contain information that can substantiate figures in your tax return and accounting files.
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Money Smart Financial Seminars See High Turnout from Students

12/05/2016Concordia University Wisconsin and employees from our Grafton office held a series of three Money Smart Financial Seminars this fall. Turnout was great for the seminars, which covered topics like budgeting, saving, investments, and more.
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Top Tips to Maximize Your HSA

11/22/2016According to the Employee Benefits Research Institute, 37 percent of employees eligible for a health savings account do not have one.
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Six Budgeting Tips for Holiday Gift-Giving

11/21/2016It’s no secret that the holiday season costs people a large chunk of money, what with all the spending on decorating, traveling, meal planning and more.
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The Features that Boost Home Sales & Values

11/21/2016There are several key upgrades to consider that will boost your home’s value, as well as several ways to finance these large purchases.
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Brown County HBA recognizes North Shore Bank’s 45 years

11/18/2016The Brown County Home Builders Association recognized North Shore Bank for its 45 years of involvement during a ceremony in Green Bay on November 8.
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SCAM ALERT: It's the Season of Giving but Con Artists are Taking

11/17/2016The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for scammers and many Americans are putting themselves at risk. Don't be one of them.
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How to Manage Without Meetings

11/16/2016Spend less time sitting idle in a conference room and more time getting work done.
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Strategies for Growing Your Business

11/15/2016The feeling of accomplishment that one gets from the success of their own business is typically followed by the realization that success may necessitate pursuing larger goals and focusing on growth.
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Bank's 15th Worn Flag Collection Benefited Veteran Honor Flights

11/15/2016In October we invited people to drop-off their old, tattered American flags at any of our offices during our bank wide collection.
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How Online Banking Leads to Greater Awareness

11/14/2016Managing your accounts online helps with budgeting, spending and fraud prevention.
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Profit Margin Basics

11/10/2016Profit isn’t the only valuable metric for evaluating and predicting the current and future success of your business, but it is undoubtedly one of the most important concepts for entrepreneurs to master.
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Thousands Witness the Debut of Shorewood’s Ghost Train

11/08/2016North Shore Bank sponsored the debut of Shorewood’s “Ghost Train” on Halloween night.
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Have You Heard of These Eight Sales Tips?

11/07/2016Some powerful sales tips are obvious, while others are subtle and largely unknown.
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Warm Fall Weather Draws Hundreds of Families to Racine’s Boo at the Zoo

11/03/2016Employees helped out at Boo at the Zoo from our offices throughout Racine County and were rewarded with smiles on children’s faces as they enjoyed the various spooky stops.
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Time Capsule from 1996 Opened for MLK Drive 20th Anniversary

11/02/2016The bank is grateful for the relationships built with customers and community partners on King Drive and looks forward to many more.
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Monthly Mortgage Payments Hold Steady

10/31/2016Rising home prices had minimal effect on loan payment amounts.
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North Shore Bank Marks 10 Years in Sussex with Community Celebration

10/28/2016Our Sussex branch celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, October 22, and featured free pumpkins for kids, seasonal refreshments, and prize giveaways.
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Podcast: Four of the Best Ways to Grow Your Savings Account

10/28/2016If you have a savings account or are thinking about opening one, it’s apparent that one of your biggest priorities is already saving money.
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Fall Family Free Day Fun at the Milwaukee County Zoo

10/28/2016October’s Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo offered beautiful fall weather, a chance to see animals from all over the world, and good times with family and friends.
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Is There More You Can Do to be Retirement Ready?

10/28/2016Here are a few things to think about as you approach retirement.
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12 Easy Ways to Protect Your Payment Card Details

10/27/2016Here are twelve guidelines to help protect your credit card activity.
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North Shore Bank Sponsors Kids Zone at the Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest in Union Grove

10/26/2016The Union Grove Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest took place Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, at the Racine County Fairgrounds. 
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How Small Business Can Help in the Fight Against ID Theft

10/18/2016Identity theft is not just a consumer's problem. It takes businesses and consumers working together to provide the greatest protection against identity theft.
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Podcast: 9 Ways to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

10/13/2016Here are nine tips you can use to keep your personal and business files safe from ransomware attacks.
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5 Ways to Protect Your Business From Account Fraud

10/13/2016Companies should train employees about safe internet use and the warning signs of this fraud, because they are the first line of defense.
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Honor Flight Fundraiser Brings in Nearly $1,000 for Veterans

10/11/2016Employees at North Shore Bank’s Corporate Headquarters held a patriotic fundraiser and raised $963 for honor flights to send American veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.
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9 Ways to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

10/11/2016The following tips can help both individuals and businesses avoid ransomware attacks.
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Bank Employees Pitch in at Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna

10/03/2016North Shore Bank employees came out for the seventh annual Walk for Suicide Awareness on September 10, in Hydro Park in Kaukauna.
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North Shore Bank’s 15th Worn Flag Collection will Benefit Honor Flight Veterans

09/30/2016Each branch will host an open house with a veteran and volunteer who can speak to the exhibit for attendees and answer question about the program.
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Avoid Becoming a Victim of Card Skimming

09/29/2016Three steps you can use to protect your debit and credit card activity.
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Why You Benefit from a Loan Pre-Approval

09/29/2016Here are some reasons why pre-approved buyers are ahead in the home-buying game.
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Find Out if Debt Consolidation is Right For You

09/13/2016If you are like most Americans, your mail box is filled with offers for credit cards, mortgage refinancing and home equity loans.
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Bank Participates in Elmbrook Humane Society’s Wagfest

09/12/2016Our employees who volunteered enjoyed their time spend with the people and their pets at one of Brookfield's most popular community events.
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Podcast - Accumulating a Down Payment for Your First Home

09/08/2016Unlike interest rates, property taxes and insurance rates, you decide how much you borrow and therefore how large your monthly mortgage payments will be.
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New Park in the Art Bike Rack Unveiled in Burlington

09/02/2016The bank is proud to have sponsored the new bike rake and Retail Banking VP Darrel Eisenhardt and Burlington Branch Manager Robin Callis represented the bank at the unveiling event.
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Stay #CyberAware While On the Go: Safety Tips For Mobile Devices

09/02/2016Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets – are always within reach everywhere you go, whether for work, travel or entertainment. It's important to use these devices safely.
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Groundbreaking Officially Begins the Construction of our New Green Bay East Office

08/30/2016North Shore Bank team members, builders, and public officials showed up on August 16 to dig in. The new full-service Green Bay East branch will replace the current branch inside Copps supermarket and open next spring with an updated design and technology to improve customers’ banking experience, including a drive-up remote video teller, self-serve coin counter, interactive kiosk technology, and videoconferencing capabilities.
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Pewaukee Employees Welcome Public to North Shore Bank’s Taste of Lake Country

08/30/2016Our Pewaukee branch talked to some of the thousands of attendees who showed up for North Shore Bank’s Taste of Lake Country at the end of July. The event, put on annually by Positively Pewaukee, featured over a dozen restaurants, live music, a fine-arts tent, and plein air painting by local artists.
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Employees Step Out in Support of the Racine Zoo

08/30/2016North Shore Bank employees handed out goodies and talked to attendees at the Racine Zoo Car, Truck and Bike Show on August 21, 2016.
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4 Tips for College Students – How to Avoid Common Scams

08/30/2016College students are intelligent young adults. As parents, we assume that means they are capable of avoiding the schemes of scammers – they know better than that, right? Not necessarily.
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Bank Sponsors Good Times on Kenosha’s Lakefront During Taste of Wisconsin

08/29/2016During this 2016's Taste of Wisconsin in Kenosha, our North Shore Bank employees were on hand to invite event-goers to enter our $1,000 a day giveaway and offered coloring for kids and games like a beanbag toss and Plinko. More than 40,000 people attended the event.
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North Shore Bank’s Children’s Day at Racine Fair Draws Family Fun

08/29/2016Hundreds of kids, parents, and grandparents showed up for Children’s Day at the Racine County Fair. Our Burlington and Union Grove employees helped provide fun with games, prizes, and a craft that offered kids a chance to decorate farm-themed picture frames and take them home. There was also a drawing to win a pack of four tickets to a Kenosha Kingfish baseball game.
 
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Accumulating a Down Payment on a Home: A Homebuyer How-To

08/29/2016The size of a down payment on a home is the most important factor in determining your monthly payment.
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3 Easy Steps to Design Your Financial Strategy

08/29/2016The prospect of developing and adhering to a financial strategy can be overwhelming. However, it does not have to be so complicated. Here are three steps to consider.
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Business Travel Becomes Rewarding

08/25/2016Hitting the road for business? You can earn rebates on a wide variety of travel‐related services (including gas, dining and hotels) as well as other business‐related products and services with MasterCard Easy Savings® merchants.
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Bank and NeighborWorks Green Bay Establish $300,000 Loan Fund

08/25/2016We're proud to partner with NeighborWorks Green Bay on this new loan fund initiative. The creation of a $300,000 loan fund is to be used to provide down payment closing cost assistance to area homebuyers, including those who are at low- and moderate-income.
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Tools and Tech to Protect Your Company Against Check and ACH Fraud

08/23/2016Positive Pay is one of the most powerful tools you can use to protect your company against check fraud. Billions are lost each year from check fraud and it affects companies of all sizes. North Shore Bank offers a solution for any size business to effectively monitor checking and ACH transactions.
 
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Podcast - Financing Life's Big Events

08/10/2016Episode 14 of the In Your Interest Podcast
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Tips for Planning Your Summer Event

07/29/2016When you’re planning your summer events, it’s always good to start nailing down details ahead of time. The more lead time you give yourself, the better off you’ll be. You don’t want to rush when it comes to your special occasion.
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North Shore Bank Proudly Presented World Giraffe Day at the Racine Zoo

07/29/2016Thank you to all who joined us for a fun day of games, activities, and more, including kid's crafts and activities, a giraffe information station, and chance to meet Bo and Mac – the Racine Zoo’s very own Masai giraffes!
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Bank Employees Roll Out to Help with Shorewood Cycling Classic

07/25/2016Our Shorewood employees helped out at the Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic and sponsored the Kids’ Roll portion of the biking event. We made cheer posters with the kids and had a game where they could spin to win prizes.
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Thinking About Opening the Door to a New Home?

07/19/2016So you’ve made the decision to buy a home – congratulations! This can be one of the most important and exciting decisions you’ll ever make. But the decision to buy a home is just one in a series of choices you’ll have to make throughout the process of getting the home you want. So where should you begin?
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Customer, 3, Wins $25 Gift Card for Signing Up for Kiddie Parade in Union Grove

07/08/2016Nathan gives his win two big thumbs-up. North Shore Bank sponsored this summer’s Fourth of July Kiddie Parade in Union Grove, and the first 100 families who signed up for the parade received a family pass to the Milwaukee Public Museum, and were entered for a chance to win a $25 North Shore Bank gift card.
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Podcast - Respecting Your Customers

07/07/2016

Going the extra mile for your customers can pay big dividends for your business. In this episode of our podcast, we discuss five of the ways you can keep your customers.


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Timber Rattlers Cap Giveaway Hits a Home Run with Baseball Fans

07/05/2016North Shore Bank sponsors the team’s Family Nights at the ballpark. On June 23, our Northland and Pulaski employees greeted game-goers and handed out hats to lucky fans before the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game in Appleton.
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Five Reasons to Consider Choosing a Financial Adviser

06/27/2016Money can be an emotional and difficult topic to discuss, deal with and even to think about, but having a strong financial strategy for your future can make all the difference. These days, investing and creating your own financial plan seems like something a responsible adult should be able to turn into a DIY project.
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Veterans Path to Homeownership Starts Here

06/27/2016North Shore Bank is proud to help veterans get in to a home. Start by meeting with one of our Mortgage Loan Professionals who can walk you through your options, including VA and VALOR loans.
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North Shore Bank and Elavon Add PayPal In-Person Payment Options with Merchant Services

06/24/2016Great news! Now you can give your customers another payment option with PayPal in-person. There's nothing you or they need to do—merchant card processing accounts with Elavon have been automatically enabled to accept PayPal in-person payments.
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Eat, Drink and Be Wary

06/21/2016Looking for a good time and good eats at a good price? Getting a deal on a food festival or other event is terrific. But don’t let scammers leave a bad taste in your mouth by taking a big bite out of your money — and giving you nothing in return.
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Bank Presented Inaugural “Hanging With Heroes” Family Day in Franklin

06/20/2016In partnership with MKE Moms Blog, the bank sponsored “Hanging With Heroes” in Frankln, which was held on Father’s Day weekend at The Rock Complex. We had an amazing time with families at the 1st annual event, which offered a variety of family-friendly activities.
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Northland, Pulaski Branches Join Flag Day Parade for 26th Year

06/15/2016For the 26th consecutive year, our Northland branch had a float in the Appleton Flag Day Parade. This is known as the oldest Flag Day parade in the entire nation, and groups from around the country fly in to participate.
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Podcast - Estate Planning with a New Baby

06/15/2016While you may think that estate planning is just about dealing with potential estate taxes, there are several other issues that are perhaps currently more important than potential estate taxes. Caring for your new baby needs to include caring about estate planning.
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Motivating and Managing Employees

06/10/2016Unless your business consists only of yourself, those that work for you and with you play a critical part in determining the success of your business and the level of satisfaction you get from managing the business.  Managing employees and the entire employment process probably takes a considerable portion of your time and resources.
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Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade Draws Thousands

06/06/2016Bank employees from Brookfield Square and our Corporate office were part of Elm Grove’s Memorial Day parade. The streets were packed with 2,000 onlookers. We enjoyed being part of this year’s festivities and seeing so many customers and neighbors out at this wonderful annual event!
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Tips for Interviewing Job Applicants

06/02/2016Having good employees can be one of the most critical ingredients for the success of your business. Finding and hiring those good employees is usually not easy. Along with having the necessary skills, you want employees that will contribute to the total success of the business. This usually means they must be personable and fit into the culture of your business.
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Podcast - Five Tips to Help Protect Older Americans from Financial Fraud

06/01/2016Taking steps to protect yourself from identity theft and financial fraud can be an ever-evolving challenge.
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Our Forest Home Office is Getting an Upgrade!

05/27/2016We’ve begun renovation on our Forest Home branch located at 5617 W. Forest Home Avenue in Milwaukee.
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Five Tips to Help Protect Older Americans from Financial Fraud

05/26/2016From keeping information private to secure disposal of personal documents, these tips can help you avoid potential scams.
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Corporate Volunteers Bring Victory Gardens to Thrilled Citizens

05/24/2016In May volunteers from the bank’s corporate office helped with the Victory Garden Initiative in Milwaukee during the organization's annual “Blitz.”
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Maximize Your Retirement Plan Contribution

05/23/2016Along with making money with their business, most small business owners also try to minimize income taxes and grow their wealth.
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Payments Made Easy With North Shore Bank

05/20/2016Today, customers want you to accept payments in many ways — mobile, online, over the phone, or contactless.
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Estate Planning with a New Baby

05/20/2016Taking charge of your estate planning and knowing you and your family’s future will be carried out as you like, provides you with peace of mind.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - 9 Essential Tips to Prepare Your House for Sale

05/18/2016Get your home in top shape to sell with these nine easy and effective tips.
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Kids Day Fox Valley Combined Fun, Safety Education, and Prizes

05/16/2016During the free event, families were invited learn about health and safety issues that affect the community, including crime prevention, Internet safety, bullying, healthy living and more.
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Bank Shredding Day Collects Nearly 40 Tons of Paper

05/10/2016North Shore Bank securely destroyed and recycled over 38 tons of paper during our 10th Annual Free Community Shredding Day throughout its branches on May 7.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - What to Keep, What to Toss?

05/05/2016Knowing what personal documents you can keep, and how long you need to hold onto them, can be an important part of de-cluttering and organizing your home or office.
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Green Bay West Walks for Healthy Babies

05/04/2016Back on April 30, North Shore Bank’s Green Bay West branch team – aptly named Seymour Walkers after the bank’s seagull mascot – raised $252 in support of the March of Dimes.
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SCAM ALERT: Be Wary of Official-Sounding Calls about an Email Hack

04/29/2016There’s a new twist on tech-support scams — you know, the one where crooks try to get access to your computer or sensitive information by offering to “fix” a computer problem that doesn’t actually exist.
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Note to Homebuyers: A Solid Pre-Approval Letter is Key

04/29/2016With many homes drawing multiple offers within a few days or even just hours after hitting the market, real estate agents are advising would-be buyers to nail down a solid mortgage loan pre-approval before they start looking.
 
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What to Keep? What to Toss? Tips to Help You De-Clutter

04/28/2016Everybody has a paper trail – everything from utility bills and financial statements to tax records and receipts. With so many records it may be difficult to determine which items you should keep (and for how long).
 
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How You Can Teach Young People About Money

04/28/2016It's never too early or too late to introduce everyday financial concepts to a young person. And, you don't have to be a financial expert. Here are tips from FDIC Consumer News to help parents, guardians and caregivers show children why and how to become responsible with money.
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Rules of Engagement: 10 Networking Power Questions

04/25/2016This is timeless advice that Dale Carnegie offered in his book How to Win Friends & Influence People. The book was published in 1936! It is available as a free download at DaleCarnegie.com
 
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Five Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

04/20/2016Spring is the perfect time to clear out clutter and organize your home. In this episode of the In Your Interest Podcast, we discuss five tips that you can use during your Spring Cleaning.
 
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 7

04/06/2016Collateral can be an important factor in the loan application process. In this episode of the In Your Interest Podcast, we examine what collateral is, what qualifies as collateral, and how it can help you.
 
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Scam Alert: Avoid Online Tax Scams

03/29/2016It’s tax season, which means it’s also time for tax scams. Some tax scams occur when fraudulent tax returns are filed in the victim’s name while other variants occur when the malicious actors call the victim and pretend to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents.
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Nine Essential Tips for Preparing Your House to Sell

03/29/2016Selling your home? These simple steps can help you get your house in shape.
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Recent Happenings from March 2016

03/28/2016News from around and within the communities we serve.
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Three Ways Banking Online Can Save You Time and Money

03/28/2016Online Banking puts standard banking services at your finger tips to use at your own convenience. If you haven’t already, check out these three helpful services that are available to North Shore Bank deposit customers at no charge – they may surprise you.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 6

03/24/2016In this episode of In Your Interest, we take a look at ten tax savings tips that you can use year-round.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 5

03/09/2016Managing your finances perfectly can be difficult, if not impossible. But there are some good steps to take that will save you time and help you accumulate funds for any financial objective.
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Annual Personal Finance Calendar

03/08/2016Managing your personal finances is an ongoing process that requires discipline.  Most people are successful at making sure the bills get paid and often saving a little on a regular basis.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 4

02/24/2016Developing a marketing plan for your small business can be a fairly simple exercise. Think of it as a basic road map to help you get where you want to go, growing your business and brand along the way.
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Ten Year-Round Tax Savings Strategies

02/19/2016Here are some ideas that you can use throughout the year to make April 15th less taxing:
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Eight Credit Do’s and Don’ts During the Loan Process

02/18/2016Good credit is critical when it comes to obtaining the best interest rates and terms on a mortgage.
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Understanding the Risks Associated with Data Breaches

02/18/2016A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of information into an untrusted environment. Occasionally the release is accidental, but sometimes malicious actors specifically target retail stores, healthcare companies, or government agencies for the express purpose of gaining access to protected information, which they can use for financial gain.
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Homebuyer Tips to Help You Navigate the New Mortgage Rules

02/17/2016Recent changes in federal regulations has slowed the mortgage loan process but has also added valuable protection for homebuyers.
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Should You Worry About Credit Identity Theft?

02/12/2016Yes.  A recent story in the news indicated that identity theft has become the most common financial crime faced by individuals.  Con artists have become more brazen and more creative in their efforts to use someone else’s identity to steal.
 
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Review Your Insurance Deductibles

02/11/2016Insurance provides protection against unforeseen losses. Most people buy insurance to protect against large or catastrophic losses.
 
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Need a Simple Retirement Plan? Check out a SEP-IRA

02/11/2016The right retirement plan helps your business grow and helps retain employees.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 3

02/10/2016Four Top Reasons to Apply for a Home Equity Loan
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Respecting Your Customers

02/10/2016Keeping existing customers is critical to the long-term success of any business.  They can be the source of repeat business, additional business and referrals of quality prospects.  Quality products that do what they are supposed to do are one element of a happy customer relationship.
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Recent Happenings from January 2016

01/29/2016Community and branch events in and around your neighborhood.
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4 Things to Avoid Getting Taken by Wire Transfer Scams

01/29/2016Using a bank or a money transfer company to "wire" funds electronically is an easy and convenient way to send cash to someone.
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Planning for Your Financial Life Stages

01/28/2016Not only do financial markets fluctuate, but your financial needs also change over time. Luckily, it is easier to predict the changes in your financial life stages than it is to predict the direction of the financial markets.
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4 Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life with Mobile Banking

01/28/2016If you're already banking online, just enroll in Mobile Banking to take even more control of your money. Plus, you’ll save time and money by eliminating trips to the bank to deposit checks, access your accounts and check images anytime, and reduce paperwork by storing your check images and transaction history.
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 2

01/27/2016Welcome to North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast. Today we're discussing the benefits you can get from setting up direct deposit.
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Creating a Succession Plan for Your Business

01/21/2016What happens in a privately held business when the owner, a partner, or a major stockholder dies or becomes disabled?
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North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast - Episode 1

01/13/2016Welcome to North Shore Bank's In Your Interest Podcast. Today we're sharing ten ways you can easily manage your finances with Online Banking.
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Are You Taking Advantage of Direct Deposit?

12/21/2015Save a trip to the bank to deposit your payroll or government check. It’s easy to set up direct deposit with us. Not only will you save time, but having your check automatically deposited puts your money to work faster.
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Eight Simple Estate Planning Steps

12/18/2015A death in the family is always sad and stressful.  No one likes to contemplate their own death, but here are some simple steps to prepare for the inevitable:
 
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Recent Happenings from December 2015

12/18/2015Community and branch events in your neighborhood.
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Month-by-Month Tips to Help You Take Control of Your Personal Finances

12/17/2015Managing your personal finances is an ongoing process that requires discipline.  Most people are successful at making sure the bills get paid and often saving a little on a regular basis.  However, managing your finances effectively is more than just handling the daily or monthly tasks.  There are other financial events that occur throughout the year you should address.
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New Business Considerations

12/09/2015Starting a business and being your own boss can be exciting, and for many it is the professional goal of a lifetime. Thousands of new businesses are started everyday, yet history shows that a majority of them fail because of a flawed business concept, inadequate financing or poor management.
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Maximize Your Retirement Plan Contribution

12/08/2015Along with making money with their business, most small business owners also try to minimize income taxes and grow their wealth. Qualified retirement plans present an excellent opportunity to accomplish these last two objectives. 
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Creating a Marketing Plan

12/08/2015It can often seem that handling the everyday aspects of your business takes all your time and then some. However, it can often be to your short-term and long-term benefit to take some time to consider how your business functions and where you want to take it. One of the key results of such an examination can be the development of a marketing plan.
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Choosing the Right Legal Advisor

12/07/2015At some point, nearly every small business owner will need the assistance of an attorney. It may be when the business is first established or later to assist with various legal contracts. Having the wrong one can result in bad decisions or frustrations and expenses at the least.
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The Importance of Job Descriptions

11/24/2015A clear, informative job description is crucial for maintaining high employee expectations.
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Recent Happenings from November 2015

11/24/2015Community and branch events in your neighborhood.
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Eight Ways to Reduce Your Debt Burdens

11/24/2015Tips to help your financial management this holiday season.
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Understand the Pros and Cons of Franchises

11/23/2015Evaluate the risks and benefits of owning a franchise to see if it is the right option for you.
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5 Steps for Evaluating Your Employees

11/23/2015Employee evaluations are a great indicator of performance and helps identify areas of praise or improvement.
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How to Choose the Right Accountant

11/20/2015Take time to find a dependable accountant who offers expertise and trustworthy service to help your business succeed.
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Learn to Keep the Right Tax Information

11/19/2015Use these helpful guidelines when deciding what tax information to keep and how long to keep it.
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Developing and Using a Wise Borrowing Strategy

11/19/2015Being conservative when borrowing can help you gain control of your financial future.
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Avoiding Common Small Business Start-Up Problems

11/18/2015Help your small business succeed by steering clear of these oversights.
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How to Protect Your Credit and Debit Card Activities

11/17/2015Take control of your financial future with these tips to protect your credit card activities.
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An Introduction to the Truth in Lending Act / Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act

10/30/2015New federal regulation that went into effect on October 3 has slowed the mortgage loan closing process.
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Recent Happenings from October 2015

10/30/2015A recap of community and branch events in your neighborhood.
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Two Easy Steps to Make Your Financial Life Simpler

10/26/2015These helpful tips will allow you to manage your finances with greater ease.
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Evaluating a 401(k) Plan for Your Business

10/23/2015Is a 401(k) plan the right choice for your company?
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Equipment Leasing

10/23/2015Review the pros and cons of leasing equipment before deciding if it makes sense for your business.
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Take Advantage of Opportunities on the Internet

10/22/2015The Internet can act as an aid to your business in order to help it grow.
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Monitor Your Competitors

10/22/2015Understanding the market and observing your competitors is essential to your business.
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Building Stronger Customer Relationships

10/21/2015Strengthen your customer relationships in order to keep existing customers and add new ones.
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12 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device

10/21/2015
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Does Debt Consolidation Make Sense?

10/15/2015Find out if debt consolidation is right for you.
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Nine Ways to Accumulate a Down Payment on a Home

10/09/2015The amount of your down payment can help determine the mortgage amount you need when buying a home.
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North Shore Bank Breaks Ground in Suamico

09/30/2015The 1,750-square-foot bank branch will open to the public in Spring 2016 and feature an updated design concept and new technology.
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Recent Happenings from September 2015

09/30/2015Community and branch events in your neighborhood.
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10 Reasons to Consider Using Online Banking to Help Manage Your Finances

09/30/2015From checking balances to transferring money and paying bills, there are many ways you can maintain your finances using online tools.
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What to Look For When Leasing a Location for Your Business

09/25/2015Before you lease a location for your business, consider factors beyond just the monthly rent.
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Providing an Employee Benefit Program

09/24/2015Offering valuable benefit programs for your employees helps maintain a positive and efficient work environment.
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Critical Questions to Ask When Interviewing Job Applicants

09/24/2015Ask the right kinds of questions during interviews to find the most suitable employees for your business.
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5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Account Fraud

09/23/2015Prepare your business against the damaging consequences of fraud.
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Nine Financial Planning Basics

09/23/2015Take advantage of these money-saving tips and reduce financial stress.
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8 Key Elements You Need When Developing a Business Plan

09/22/2015A detailed, organized business plan is worth the effort in order to meet your business goals.
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Have You Considered Refinancing Your Home Mortgage?

09/17/2015Find out what factors may help you save on your monthly mortgage costs.
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Scam Alert: Protect Yourself from Social Engineering

08/26/2015Social engineering refers to the methods attackers use to manipulate people into sharing sensitive information, or taking an action, such as downloading a file. Sometimes a social engineer is able to rely solely on information posted online or will sometimes interact with the victim to persuade the victim to share details or perform an action.
 
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Recent Happenings from August 2015

08/25/2015Community and branch events in your neighborhood.
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Give Yourself an Annual Financial Check Up

08/24/2015Many people get an annual medical examination, but neglect to take the same care with their finances. Reviewing your financial affairs can pay dividends now and later.
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Marketing with Newsletters: Four Tips to Get You Started

08/21/2015Staying in contact with customers and prospects helps generate new business and new customers.  Many organizations, from office supply companies to book stores to banks use newsletters as a reason and a means to communicate with these groups.
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How to Tell if a Health Savings Account is a Good Fit for You?

08/21/2015We all need health insurance and we all would like to save money and reduce taxes.  Health Savings Accounts can help with all of those objectives, and give you money when you need it most.
 
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Guidelines for Choosing a Retirement Plan for Your Business

08/20/2015Offering a retirement plan at your company has many benefits for you and your employees.
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Be Prepared for Major Financial Events

08/19/2015Many life events are directly related to (or cause) financial events that are faced at the same time.  Preparing for the financial aspects of these events can help to reduce the stress that often accompanies major changes.
 
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Five New Business Considerations

08/19/2015Going into business for yourself may seem like an overwhelming task.  However, millions of others have done it.  Many have been successful while others have failed.  There are no guarantees, but here are some of the issues you should consider.
 
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How Can Professional Business Brokers Help Your Business?

08/18/2015If you are considering selling your business, a business broker may be of great assistance. These "go-betweens" are often called intermediaries, investment bankers, financial advisors, merger and acquisition specialists, finders or other similar names. Regardless of the name, a good business broker can make your sale easier and more financially rewarding.
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Creating Stronger Customer Relationships

07/31/2015Allocating your marketing efforts between acquiring new customers and getting additional business from existing customers can be a challenging decision. Businesses that can sell additional products or services to existing customers can have a built in advantage.
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5 Steps to Building Your Savings Nest Egg

07/31/2015It often seems that saving money is almost impossible. Unexpected expenses or the temptation of some item or event can make even the best plans unsuccessful.  Yet having a financial cushion is one of the most important things you can do to feel financially secure.
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Recent Happenings from July 2015

07/30/2015Summertime branch activities and events.
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Card cracking: Not what it’s cracked up to be

07/30/2015The scam is called card cracking and it may start off innocently enough. You see a post on a social media site announcing a contest. Or maybe a webpage that claims to have a celebrity affiliation is offering a gift card giveaway. The variations are endless, but here’s the tip-off that fraud is afoot.
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10 Ways to Keep Your Financial Life Simple

07/30/2015Unless you are very different from most other people, you do not want to spend lots of time handling your finances, do not want to worry about your finances, and do not want to make your financial life any more complicated than it has to be.
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Creating and Using an Employee Benefits Policy

07/28/2015Many small business owners claim their greatest challenges are attracting, retaining and motivating their employees. With a strong economy and a tight labor market, it is essential to keep turnover low and productivity high.
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Christmas in July/Red White and Blue Day at North Shore Bank [Photos]

07/24/2015Our Corporate office held a Christmas in July/Red, White, and Blue Day that included a tree decorating event to benefit Trees From Home Inc. Knitted and crocheted hats, boxes of personal items, and snacks, along with $630 in donations, were collected and 192 mini Christmas trees were decorated during the event.
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North Shore Bank's Pulaski Branch Picnic & Open House [Photos]

07/24/2015Thanks to everyone that visited our Pulaski branch on Friday for our picnic and Open House! We had a great time creating our community chalk art display and enjoyed visiting with neighbors and those who were in town for Polka Days!
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How to Prepare Yourself for a Business Speech

07/24/2015Making a speech in front of customers and potential customers can be a great opportunity. You may seldom have the attention of such a large or targeted audience. Delivering the right speech in the right way can be very effective in helping to grow your business. Like many other things, it takes some planning and some effort.
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Getting Yourself Ready to Borrow

07/23/2015Whether it is the start-up or growth phase, sooner or later most businesses need to borrow money.  While every loan process may be different, there are several things you can do to make the loan process easier.
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Tips for Getting Yourself Out of Debt

06/29/2015For many, using credit is a normal part of handling their finances.  For others, using credit can lead to uncontrolled spending, anxiety, stress or even bankruptcy.  If you want (or need) to reduce your debt, here are some ideas that may help.
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Don’t Take the Bait on Phishing Scams

06/29/2015More than 200 billion emails are sent and received worldwide each day.[i] That represents a lot of opportunity for phishing scams, in which scammers distribute emails that appear to come from legitimate organizations or individuals and try to entice the recipient into clicking on malicious links or attachments.
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Why Every Homeowner Needs a HELOC

06/26/2015Owning a home can be filled with unexpected expenses. We all know those expenses always come at the most inopportune times. There are times when homeowners need money quickly. Your roof starts leaking, your car breaks down, and your furnace breaks on the coldest or snowiest day of the year.
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Three Tips to Enhance Your Telephone Skills

06/26/2015Reaching a customer or prospect by phone seems to be getting harder and harder.  Meetings, busy schedules and voice mail make the need for effective telephone skills more necessary than ever.  Here are some ideas you may want to consider to make your time on the phone more productive.
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Choosing the Right Legal Form for Your Business

06/26/2015Choosing the appropriate legal form for a business is one of the first issues most entrepreneurs face. It is an important decision at the formation stage and also as a business grows.
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Understanding Business Insurance and Choosing What Your Company Needs

06/25/2015Every business needs to consider several types of insurance depending on the nature of the business.  You may want to consider working with an insurance professional to make sure you have the right types of policies to provide the coverage you need.
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Recent Happenings from June 2015

06/24/2015News and event recaps.
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North Shore Bank at the 2015 Appleton Flag Day Parade [Photos]

06/22/2015Proudly celebrating the "Stars and Stripes" during this annual event.
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2015 UPAF Ride for the Arts [Photos]

06/19/2015Peddling to promote education of music and the arts.
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Race for the Hungry in Sussex [Photos]

06/18/2015Sussex-area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts collected food to benefit the Sussex Food Pantry.
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North Shore Bank Baseball Cap Night with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers [Photos]

06/18/2015Baseball fans were out in full-force for a great night at the ballpark.
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North Shore Bank's Green Bay West Ribbon-Cutting Celebration [Photos]

06/04/2015Joined by local businesses, we commemorated our new branch opening at 1620 W. Mason St. in Green Bay, WI.
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Union Grove Relay For Life - 2015 [Photos]

06/04/2015A great event, supporting a great cause!
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Home Equity Loans - A Powerful Financial Tool

05/29/2015The equity in your home (home value minus your existing mortgage) can serve as collateral for additional borrowing.
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Reluctant to be Rude?

05/29/2015Respectfulness and politeness — they’re valued in many close-knit communities.
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Recent Happenings from May 2015

05/29/2015News and event recaps.
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Eight Steps to Simplify Your Finances

05/28/2015If time is a precious commodity for you, here are eight ideas to save time and reduce the stress and anxiety of managing your financial affairs.
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Building a Good Relationship With Your Financial Institution

05/20/2015If you’re a small business owner, it’s important that you not see banking as a chore, but instead, as an opportunity to network and build a mutually beneficial relationship. The way that you approach your relationship with your financial institution can impact many aspects of your business.
 
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Learning from Loss: What to do when you lose a customer

05/20/2015Understanding why a customer left can help you identify problems or opportunities for improvement.
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Seven Tips for Naming a Product

05/19/2015Choosing a name for a product is important and needs to communicate the most information in the shortest amount of time.
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Four Ways to Conduct Market Research for Your Business Online

05/15/2015You can find almost everything on the Internet. Now, learn how to use it to your advantage.
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Fun Outdoor Projects for Spring

05/15/2015Transform your backyard with these three exciting projects.
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Have You Considered a SBA Loan for Your Business?

05/14/2015Small Business Administration loans can be a useful source of capital for small businesses.
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The Basics of SEO

05/11/2015Having some level of search engine optimization (SEO) is fundamental for any business’ website.
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15th Annual Mother's Day Gift Bag Collection [Photos]

05/10/2015We give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated items for our 15th Annual Mother’s Day Gift Bag collection for SOS.
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Organizing Your Money with Multiple Bank Accounts

05/07/2015The five accounts every family should have to help save you from financial stress.
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Free Community Shredding Day in SE Wisconsin [Photos]

05/06/2015Safe, secure disposal of unneeded documents and materials.
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Kids Day Fox Valley [Photos]

05/06/2015The sun was shining and so were the smiles on the faces of the children who attended this year’s Kids Day Fox Valley on Saturday.
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Don’t Overextend Yourself When Buying a Home

05/05/2015When you are at the point in your life when you are ready to buy a house, it can be a very exciting time. However, it’s important not to pursue a property without knowing what you can afford and what will be the best investment for you in the long run.
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Talking to Young Children About Money

05/01/2015There are many ways to approach good saving and spending habits with your kids.
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Five Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

04/28/2015It’s spring time, and that means you’re ready to shake off those winter doldrums with a little house cleaning and yard managing, right? If you just let out a groan, you might need a little motivation to help you get started.
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What Are Next-Generation Home-buyers Looking for in a New Home?

04/24/2015From technology and ample space, to practical, convenient touches, learn what Gen X & Gen Y are in search of in today's home market, 
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Working From Home or From an Office

04/24/2015Many small businesses start out in an extra room or in the basement of an entrepreneur’s home.  The space is available, it is cheap and it is convenient.  In addition, all the electronic devices for communication and working can make a physical office unneeded.  However, there certainly can be drawbacks.
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Return on Asset Calculator

04/23/2015Return on assets measures a company's ability to use its assets to create profits.
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Creating a Public Relations Campaign that Stands Out

04/23/2015Take advantage of the press’s need for content by becoming the story.
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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Accountant

04/22/2015

For most small businesses, their outside accountant can be one of their most important business resources. Not only will the accountant be involved with preparing tax returns and financial statements, many accountants become trusted advisors that offer suggestions on many aspects of the business. Choosing the right one is critical.


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Green Spring Cleaning Tips

04/22/2015Spruce up your home in an eco-friendly way.
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Tips to Help You Keep the Right Tax Information

04/21/2015A common problem faced by many business owners is knowing exactly what type of records must be kept and for how long. The result is often boxes of papers that accumulate and take up space.
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Four Tips to Help You Pay Down Debt

04/20/2015Is there a right or wrong way to pay down your debt? The answer is not cut and dry; it depends on your financial and personal goals and objectives. There are two main theories about the order of which to pay off loans, and even more advice about those plans.
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Effective ways you can reduce unwanted mail, emails, and calls

04/14/2015What can you do about the growing pile of unwanted mail in your mailbox and unwelcome telemarketers on your phone? Actually there's a lot you can do. According to USA.gov, these tips can help controlling unwanted mail.
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Teaching Your Child About Finances

04/14/2015Navigating the murky waters of finance with your child may seem like a daunting task. In reality, teaching children about finances may not be easy, but it is an essential venture if you don’t want your son or daughter to be up a creek without a paddle later in life.
 
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Tax-Related Identity Protection Tips from the IRS

04/08/2015Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. You may be unaware you are a victim until you receive an IRS notice or you file your return, but it is rejected because your SSN already has been used.
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Meeting with a Mortgage Lender

04/03/2015So, you're interested in purchasing a new home. Before congratulations are in order, you have to be approved for a mortgage. They will help you navigate the process.
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Darrel Eisenhardt Celebrates 40 Years with North Shore Bank [Photos]

03/31/2015Happy 40th Anniversary to Darrel Eisenhardt! All of us at North Shore Bank are grateful for your enthusiasm and care in providing stellar service to our customers and your coworkers. Thank you, and congratulations! 
 
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Saving for College Made Easy (or at least easier)

03/25/2015Saving for your Child’s college education? Here are some things to consider.
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Six Guidelines for Writing Effective EMail Messages

03/24/2015E-mail can be a very effective communication tool for many businesses when it is handled properly.  The speed, ease and interactive nature of email coupled with clear messages can be an effective way to communicate with customers, vendors and employees.
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St. Patrick's Day MDA Fundraiser [Photos]

03/23/2015Over $700 raised to support MDA’s fight against muscular dystrophy and related diseases.
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Buy and Sell Agreements

03/23/2015Many businesses, especially partnerships and corporations with a small number of shareholders, use contractual arrangements to control what happens if one owner dies or becomes disabled, wants to sell his/her interest or to handle a situation where the owners wish to go separate ways.
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Using a Trade Press to Generate Results

03/20/2015The power of the written word remains immense, even in our world of instant electronic communication.
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Common Energy Myths — Debunked

03/17/2015As a property of physics, energy in and of itself is not easy to understand. Rumors swirl about energy usage within the home, its cost and what it means to “save” it. It’s much easier for homeowners and consumers to take the claims at face value instead of doing the necessary research.
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Six Ways Your Business Can Save More Money

03/06/2015If you own a small business and are on a budget, you’re not alone. Running a company is no inexpensive task.
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Apple Pay is Now Available to North Shore Bank Customers

03/05/2015North Shore Bank now offers customers access to Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.
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Budget-Friendly Renovating Tips

03/04/2015Your bathroom tile is cracking, your kitchen cabinets are outdated and how great would it be to finally add a fireplace to your living room? So, what’s stopping you? More times than not, it’s the high costs associated with renovations that leaves homeowners at a standstill. 
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The Convenience of Mobile Check Deposit

03/02/2015By now, you’ve probably heard of the phenomenon of mobile banking, if you don’t already use it on a daily basis.
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How to Cut Up To $1,000 From Your Monthly Spending

02/27/2015Have you ever looked at your bank account after a few days and wondered, “Where did it all go?!” When you spend a dollar here and a dollar there — from groceries to gas — it doesn’t seem like a hefty amount, but these costs do add up, whether or not you realize it.
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Winning Saving Strategies That Can Help Grow Your Money

02/26/2015Flowers, trees, and gardens aren't the only things sprouting in the Springtime.  Learn how your savings account can easily gain some green.
 
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Marketing with Direct Mail

02/26/2015Using direct mail as part of an overall marketing plan can produce results, but it can also be a waste of precious resources if not done properly.
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Leasing a Location for Your Business

02/25/2015Be sure to consider all the factors when leasing space, not just the level of monthly rent.
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Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution

02/25/2015It’s a new year, and you probably have some exciting new resolutions to make it the best year yet. If you’ve had resolutions in previous years that didn’t last that long, don’t get discouraged. There are many simple strategies you can use to help your resolutions last through the entire year.
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Retirement Plan Options

02/25/2015Small businesses and their owners have many retirement plan options. Choosing the right plan, or combination of plans, can be helpful as part of running the business and helpful to the owner for his or her retirement planning.  Some of the rules can get complex and you should consult with a retirement plan professional as part of the decision making process.
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Take Control of Your Finances with These Five Savings Tips

02/25/2015Not sure where to start? Here are some popular saving goals that are perfect for those who want to begin their nest egg.
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Following Up on Sales Leads

02/24/2015It is rare that a sale is made after an initial contact with a prospect, especially for any large ticket item or service. Customers buy on their schedule and it is the job of the sales person to stay in touch with the prospect during the sales cycle. Here are some ways to maintain contact throughout what can be a long sales process.
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Five Tools and Tricks to Simplify Your Savings Efforts

02/23/2015

As we kick off America Saves Week (February 23 - 28, 2015), here are a few topics to help you learn ways to save money with simple online tools, automatic savings plans, and more.

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Can $5,500 IRA Contributions Really Add Up?

02/23/2015A wise person once said that humans tend to over-estimate what they can accomplish in the short-term and under-estimate what they can accomplish in the long-term.  This holds very true for IRA contributions, especially now that the annual contribution limit is $5,500 for 2015.  For those age 50 and above, the limit is $6,500.
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Go Green in the New Year with These Tips

02/20/2015If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to take better care of the environment, there are many places from where you can start. How you eat, how you travel, how you shop and how you live in general can all impact the great planet on which we live. While that may all seem a bit overwhelming, the best tip for going green is to start small. Here are a few basic tips to become more eco-conscious.
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Catching Up on Retirement Contributions

02/11/2015Retirement is looming, but your accounts are anything but booming. Despair not — even if you’re late in the game, there are some strategies that can help you pull off a retirement win. Taking care of debt, aggressive saving and making IRS-sanctioned catch-up contributions can give you a decent nest egg in just a decade.
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A "Thank You" Card from Howard Elementary School [Photos]

02/10/2015The Howard Elementary School delivered a great “Thank You” to us for their participation at the Green Bay Gamblers Hockey Dash for Cash game. One of their teachers, Mrs. Voight, took part in the event and, using the $290 she received, purchased ‪"Read 20" sweatshirts‬ for their school’s reading program!
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Girl Scouts Visit North Shore Bank's Green Bay East Branch [Photos]

02/06/2015On Monday, Feb. 2, local Girl Scouts Troop 4026 from Green Bay visited North Shore Bank’s Green Bay East branch to learn about financial literacy, banking technology, women in business and more. It’s all part of an effort for the girls to earn their My Money badge.
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Tax Identity Theft Awareness

02/05/2015It’s that time of year — tax time. It’s also a great time to get up to speed on tax-related scams. Here are two ways tax scammers might target you.
 
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The Benefits of a Financial Tune-up

02/05/2015Let’s face it: Monitoring your financial situation and examining statements and payments isn’t always what you want to spend your time doing, especially if you’re a busy bee.
 
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Five Top Tips for Mortgage Borrowers

02/02/2015When you’re trying to buy a house, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the details you need to consider: school systems, neighborhoods and home inspections. One of the most important details is your mortgage. Start your home buying experience on the right path by keeping these tips in mind while you’re in the process of obtaining a mortgage loan.
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Online Banking Alerts

01/21/2015The conveniences of the Internet are well known to nearly everyone at this point. In contrast, some people are still wary of doing their banking online. However, when you opt into online banking and bill pay eAlerts, you can eliminate fear from the process.
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The Science and Art of Generating Referrals

01/15/2015In many businesses, referrals from existing customers are the greatest source of new business. Yet, many sales people don't effectively use this technique to generate leads.
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Trade Show Marketing

01/13/2015Industry gatherings and conferences can be an ideal way to meet prospective customers. Almost every industry has at least one trade association that has an annual conference with exhibits.
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Use Automatic Savings Programs to Reach Your Financial Goals

01/13/2015One of the simplest and most effective tools you can use for almost any saving goal is an automatic savings plan.
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Make Your Work Life More Productive

01/12/2015Enjoying your work and helping your employees to enjoy working for you can lead to higher productivity, lower turnover and a better running organization.  Here are some ideas you may find useful.
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DIY Projects for a Cozy Home

01/08/2015Even if you don’t live in a region where winters hit extreme low temperatures, this time of year still tempts us to layer on soft clothing and snuggle up in a cozy room with our families.
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10 Marketing Plan Guidelines to Follow in 2015

01/07/2015The need for a marketing plan grows as a business develops new products, enters new markets and refines how it attempts to position and sell its products.
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Your Local Financial Institution is Your Small Business’s Best Bet

01/02/2015Some entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to finance a startup don’t want to bother with a financial institution loan because they think the process will be too difficult or they think they can find a better deal online.
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Paying Down Debt

12/30/2014Is there a right or wrong way to pay down your debt? The answer is not cut and dry; it depends on your financial and personal goals and objectives. There are two main theories about the order of which to pay off loans, and even more advice about those plans.
 
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5 Ways to Stick to an Exercise Routine

12/29/2014How many times have you penned a workout plan — and then did not follow through with it? You’re not alone. Even when you have the best intentions, motivation can ebb and flow every few days or weeks, according to a study published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
 
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North Shore Bank's Race for the Hungry - 2014 [Photos]

12/29/2014Our 6th annual Race for the Hungry took place on Friday, December 26 at multiple in-store North Shore Bank branches.  Race participants did a tremendous job collecting food for local food pantries.
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Why Business and Personal Finances Don’t Mix

12/22/2014If you’re a business owner, then you know how hard it can be to keep work from invading your home life. Doing paperwork at the dinner table or heading into the office on a Sunday may be unavoidable from time to time, but there is one aspect of your business that you should never mix with your personal life: your finances.
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Online Banking: How to Avoid Being Hacked

12/22/2014Online banking is convenient, efficient and simplifies your finance management immensely. No more statements and papers — everything is on your computer or mobile device, right at your fingertips.
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DIY Ways to Prep Your House for Winter

12/19/2014As fall morphs into winter and temperatures increasingly drop, you may notice cooler weather inside your home as well. One reason: Things like cracks in window panes, poorly insulated water heaters and clogged air filters can mean your home is not acquiring its maximum energy efficiency.
 
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The Value of Customer Loyalty

12/17/2014There are few things as important to the long terms success of a business as the loyalty of existing customers. 
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Employing a Family Member in Your Business

12/17/2014At some point, almost every small business owner considers hiring a spouse or child in the business. Their availability, flexibility and familiarity can make them attractive employees.  There may even be some tax advantages.  However, there can also be disadvantages to these types of arrangements.
 
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Are You Ignoring Business Opportunities on the Internet

12/16/2014The Internet is changing the way we live, communicate and buy.  It has quickly become the communication of choice for many consumers and many businesses.
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Guidelines for Creating an Employee Benefits Program

12/15/2014Your total compensation plan must serve to attract, retain and motivate your employees.  While wages will be the largest component, other parts of the plan are also important. 
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Tips on How to Avoid Overspending

12/12/2014Creating a budget for yourself and your family is an important step toward being financially stable. One factor that can significantly impede your efforts toward financial stability can be the bad habit overspending.
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A Visit from the UPAF Carolers [Photos]

12/11/2014We’re celebrating the spirit of the holidays this week and got a boost of holly and jolly yesterday when carolers from the United Performing Arts Fund paid a visit to our corporate office. They did a terrific job and were a joy to listen to!
 
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10 Reasons to Give a Gift Card This Holiday Season

12/10/2014With the holidays approaching quickly, you may have found yourself scrambling to find those last, "perfect" gifts for those on your shopping list.
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What Questions Should You Ask About Home Equity Loans?

12/09/2014The economic recession of the late 2000s appears to be over, but its financial ramifications still affect many homeowners every day. In fact, perhaps now more than ever before, every penny counts, and those who manage to reduce their regular expenses might be able to reap the rewards for years to come.
 
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Business Lessons From a Banker

12/04/2014One thing that entrepreneurs have in common is that they are able to wear many hats and tackle the challenges associated with a variety of different job descriptions. No matter how flexible you are, however, it isn’t possible to be an expert in every facet of business.
 
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What does the news about relaxed mortgage standards mean to you?

12/02/2014While the headline is very catchy and may make many people think that the process to obtain a mortgage is going to see wholesale change, the affect on the individual borrower is minimal.
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‘Tis the Season to Shop Securely

11/26/2014With the holiday shopping season in full swing, here is information that will help you stay safe in stores and online.
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Five Yoga Moves for Stress

11/26/2014Yoga, a mind/body exercise that involves stretching and structured breathing, is a proven way to reduce stress and calm your nerves.
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Worn U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremonies [Photos]

11/26/2014Over 2,400 flags were collected statewide in our annual collection.
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Enhancing Your Cash Flow Dynamics

11/25/2014Cash flow and time are most owners' most valuable commodities. Monitoring your cash flow is critical.
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Avoid Cannibalizing Sales With New Products

11/24/2014New offerings should increase your top line, not sacrifice the bottom line.
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Disaster Recovery Plan Guideline

11/21/2014Tips to ensure your company is prepared, should disaster strike.
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Planning for Senior Living

11/20/2014Steps to take to prepare for your future.
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Use Your Debit Card for Everyday Needs and Special Treats

11/17/2014Conveniences and features that will help you manage your money.
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Four Tips to Simplify Long-Term Investments

11/12/2014Maximize the value of investments over several years.
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Racine County Chili Cook-off Benefiting the United Way [Photos]

11/05/2014Cooking to support a great cause.
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Four of the Best Ways to Grow Your Savings Account

11/04/2014Easy steps toward becoming an effective saver.
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Smart Household Gadgets

10/31/2014These devices can play a key role in managing your home efficiently.
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Racine Boo at the Zoo [Photos]

10/30/2014View photos from our holiday event at the Racine Zoo.
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Union Grove Pumpkin Fest [Photos]

10/29/2014
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North Shore Bank's I.S. Haunted House [Photos]

10/28/2014View spooky photos from our Halloween celebration.
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Kenosha 15-Year Anniversary Celebration

10/24/2014Photos from our anniversary celebration.
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Does Your Financial Institution Work For You?

10/24/2014From employees to associates to members of the local community, many people depend upon small business owners to provide services and job opportunities.
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Racine Heart Walk [Photos]

10/23/2014View photos from our participation in the 2014 Racine Heart Walk.
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When to Access Social Security Benefits

10/21/2014Could delaying your benefits be right for you?
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Going Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention and Support! [Photos]

10/21/2014North Shore Bank branch and corporate office staff show their support.
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Correcting Errors on Your Credit Report

10/13/2014If you’re trying to get a mortgage, a car or student loans, lenders will check your credit history. Unfortunately, credit report mistakes could arise for one reason or another, but you can dispute these errors.
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Education Savings Myths

10/09/2014Outside of a house, a college education is probably the most expensive purchase your child will ever have to make.
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Cold or Allergy? Decoding the Symptoms

09/29/2014Your nose is stuffy, and your throat hurts. You feel terrible. But is the cause a cold or allergies?
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Managing Capital vs. Cash in Your Small Business

09/18/2014Small business owners know how important it is to manage their cash flow, but they may be unsure exactly what this entails.
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What Are Truth in Lending Laws?

09/16/2014Understanding the impact of these laws helps you make informed decisions about your credit.
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Employee Picnic at the Milwaukee County Zoo [Photos]

09/12/2014Our employees had a great time last weekend during our outing at the Milwaukee County Zoo!
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The Elmbrook Humane Society's Wagfest 2014 [Photos]

09/11/2014​We had a wonderful time this past Saturday at Elmbrook Humane Society 's Wagfest. Thank you to everyone that visited us and helped support the humane society!
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Savings vs. Student Loans: Which Should You Prioritize?

09/04/2014Eliminating debt has its obvious advantages, but increasing your savings can lead to major returns.
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Investment Tips from America’s Wealthy

09/02/2014When it comes to investing your money, you want to take the necessary steps that will give you the biggest return for an acceptable amount of risk.
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Easy Green Habits You Can Adopt Today

08/22/2014

Living a life that is friendly to the environment doesn't necessarily mean making sweeping changes in all areas of your life. Buying an electric car, installing solar panels on your home or living off the grid can be too costly for some and too extreme for others.

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Five Innovations That Can Save Your Business Money

08/14/2014Looking for some cost-cutting ideas that will allow you to still promote your business? You’re probably wondering where you can sign up. There are tons of technical or non-technical innovations in this world that can help your business thrive while still allowing you to pinch pennies. 
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Make a Statement with Your eStatement

08/11/2014Are you one of the millions of banking and credit card customers who still receives a paper statement in the mail each month? Resisting the push from your financial institutions to switch to electronic statements that arrive in your e-mail inbox? You might want to consider making the change.
 
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Retirement Tips from the National Endowment for Financial Education

07/31/2014With so many factors to consider, retirement planning can be confusing. Luckily, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) doles out free advice regarding Social Security benefits, home and mortgage options, insurance choices, retirement plans, savings and investment opportunities, and work-related choices while providing debt-reduction guidance and warnings against scams that target older Americans.
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Borrowing Habits Are Generating Interest

07/29/2014Credit. It’s as American as apple pie. Without the ability to borrow and operate on credit, the U.S. economy would grind to a standstill. Consumers, businesses small and large, and all levels of government depend on loans for day-to-day functions and long-term purchases.
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Drive Green with Eco-Driving Tips

07/24/2014The costs and environmental impact of gasoline have risen greatly over the last few years. Long gone are the days when you could fill up your car for $1.39 a gallon. With fuel costs rising more each year (sometimes tipping over the $4 per gallon mark), fuel conservation has become a necessity for many families.
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Why Small Businesses Need Their Bank

07/21/2014There are many necessary ingredients that are part of the recipe for creating a profitable business. A good location, motivated employees and great service are some of the more obvious ingredients, but when you look closely at a thriving small business, it becomes obvious that its bank plays a huge role in its success.
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Exercise Lowers Retirement Expenses

07/16/2014

Some people call it the elephant in the room, but the good news is that you can do something about that elephant. Medical costs during retirement have been rising and are expected to continue to rise for the average person, but starting an exercise routine now could reduce those costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Should You Say No to Lengthy Loans?

07/08/2014Time is money when it comes to loans. In fact, paying down your loan over a long period may end up costing you more overall. The primary benefit of avoiding a lengthy loan, such as a 30-year mortgage, is the ability to save on interest. Unfortunately, that savings comes with the trade-off of larger monthly payments.
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Beat the Odds and Stay on Budget

06/30/2014

According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, less than three-fourths of Americans have a monthly budget they try to stick to. The survey didn’t ask how many people were successful with staying on budget, but previous measures suggest that there isn’t cause for a great deal of optimism.

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Eco-Friendly Laundry

06/27/2014Laundry always seems to get a bad rap and is often listed as one of the least popular household chores. When it comes to environmental conservation, however, laundry is one of the areas where you may be able to save the most energy with a minimal amount of effort. A few simple changes in your laundry habits may have you looking at laundry in a whole new light.
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How to Do a Home Energy Audit

06/25/2014As the record-breaking winter weather clears in most areas of the country, many families are experiencing higher-than-usual energy usage. This additional energy consumption not only leads to expensive energy bills, but can be damaging to the overall environment.
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Strategic Alliances that Can Help Your Small Business

06/19/2014Reaching your customers, negotiating better deals with suppliers, reducing expenses by sharing resources — strategic alliances can be a big boon to business. They aren’t just for large corporations either. Small businesses and even “solopreneurs” can benefit from the right alliances, as well.
 
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Five Ways to Boost Your 401(k)

06/16/2014A 401(k) is a great retirement plan for many participants, including those who want to save as much money as possible. Getting the most out of your 401(k) can sometimes be difficult, but there are numerous ways to increase your account balance.
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Tips for Couples Managing Joint Accounts

06/10/2014

As an individual, you have probably established your own personal ways of managing your finances. When it comes to combining your finances with a significant other—whether you’re getting married, moving in together or otherwise—there are certain things to consider to make sure that your finances are managed as smoothly as possible.

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Should Homeowners Consider Refinancing or Home Equity Loans?

06/04/2014

Homeowners may have steep mortgages due to investments they made when interest rates were higher than they are today. While many property owners want to reduce their expenses, refinancing and home equity loans are just two of the options available to help these people.

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Five Summer Lawn Watering Tips

06/01/2014
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How to Recycle Everything

05/28/2014Each year, thousands of items are thrown into trash piles and landfills, creating environmental headaches for future generations.
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Maximize the Value of a High-Yield Savings Account

05/20/2014Saving money is a top priority for many Americans, particularly in today’s challenging economic climate.
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Smart Ways College Grads Can Save

05/16/2014Now that the rigorous years of college are behind you, you are ready to embark on a new chapter in the professional world.
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Preparing for Your Post-Work Voyage

05/12/2014You wouldn’t head off on a vacation without planning it out a little, would you? Show up at the airport with no ticket, no bags, and just see what happens?
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Keep Young Buyers in Mind When Selling Your Home

05/07/2014In recent years, mistrust of the housing market and difficulty finding secure employment caused many young families and new college graduates to delay purchasing a first home.
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Kids Day Fox Valley 2014 [Photos]

05/06/2014Our mascot, Seymour Savings, had a great time and made many new friends at this fun family event.
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North Shore Bank's Free Community Shredding Day - 2014 [Photos]

05/06/2014Our 8th Annual Free Community Shredding Day had an amazing turnout and we thank everyone who attended for helping to make it a great day!
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Protect Yourself from Fraud and ID Theft by Staying Informed

05/01/2014The best way to fight being taken by scammers is to use common sense, watch your account activity, and stay informed.
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The Ins and Outs of Co-signing a Loan

04/24/2014If you have been asked to co-sign a loan for a friend or family member, you should familiarize yourself with all that the process involves before you make your decision.
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Five Reasons for Checking Accounts at North Shore Bank

04/07/2014It wasn’t all that long ago that having a checking account was a given, since writing a check was often the only way to pay for goods and services.
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Pretend Retirement

04/02/2014When the topic of retirement comes up, you may find yourself asking more questions than you have answers for. Will you have enough money when you retire? How much can you afford to invest? How will retirement affect your relationship with your spouse and your family?
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Security Tools for Online Banking

03/28/2014Online banking has become an everyday occurrence for plenty of Americans these days. Whether you keep things simple by just checking your balance online and making the occasional transfer or you pay all of your bills online and then some, it’s important for you to know that both your finances and your personal information are safe and secure.
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6 Cyber Security Tips for Business Owners

03/25/2014If you own a business, your list of stressors is probably vast: Sales, employee turnover, competition — so the last thing you want to worry about is your cyber security. Nevertheless, it’s important to establish an official security plan.
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Is It Time for an Estate Review?

03/21/2014Getting the proper estate planning documents in order is crucial for safeguarding your financial future and protecting your family. Once they are in place, however, it is equally important that you update them when necessary and conduct periodic reviews to ensure that all assets are included and that all information is correct.
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Health Savings Accounts: Myth vs. Fact

03/18/2014With the rolling out of the Affordable Care Act, most people have questions about what options they have for saving money on healthcare now and in the future.
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Financial Tips for Single Parents

03/13/2014

For single parents, managing finances can carry significant stress, concern and worry. Stretching one income to provide for your family is important, and knowing how to do it effectively, without getting stressed out, is even more so.

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Can Paint Sell Your Home?

03/10/2014The profitability of home ownership is a product of many factors, and there are many ways you can increase the bottom line. Home buyers spend a significant amount of time viewing countless homes; securing the best price possible; and negotiating mortgages, prices and closing costs.
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Six Top Reasons Why a Business Savings Account is Crucial to Your Future

02/20/2014Do you have a savings account for your small business? If you answered yes, great! If you answered no, then you may consider opening one and here are a few reasons why you should.
 
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Wealth Building 101

02/11/2014From retirement portfolios to real estate investments, the past few years have been a bumpy road for traditional modes of wealth building. Read what some of the experts have to say about creating and securing wealth now and in the decades to come.
 
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How Your Financial Institution Can Help with Your Loans

02/05/2014Whether it’s a personal loan or motor vehicle financing, receiving financial assistance from a financial institution can be scary, especially for consumers who are making major purchases for the first time. 
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Five Interesting Facts About Roth IRAs

01/31/2014Roth IRAs are an increasingly popular way to grow wealth and prepare for retirement while steering clear of withdrawal penalties, and for good reason. Here are five interesting facts about Roth IRAs that you may not have heard before.
 
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Ten Money-Saving Small Business Tips

01/07/2014While all business owners are on the constant lookout for new ways to save money, it is especially important for those running small businesses.
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Five Personal Finance Books to Read Now

01/02/2014Picking the brains of personal finance experts is one of the best ways to improve your own financial prowess. Attending a seminar would allow you to do this in person; however, most people can’t spare the time or funds needed to make this a viable option. 
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Spending for the Silver Years

12/30/2013Talking to family members about money can be tough, especially when thrift is the topic du jour. Experts agree, though, that making sure goals, plans and spending realities are in line is more crucial than ever. Preretirement spending as a part of retirement planning is an important issue that few fully consider.
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Financing Life’s Big Events

12/26/2013Significant life events are happening all the time – your daughter is getting married, your son is heading off to college, you finally decided to retire and you’re planning that vacation of a lifetime.
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Effective Business Planning

12/19/2013Business planning is crucial to a company’s success, especially when the process is undertaken strategically.
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Tips for Establishing Emergency Funds

12/17/2013In today’s unsteady economy, it is extremely important to have an emergency fund established. Having funds set aside can make a substantial difference in the case of events such as losing a job, dealing with unexpected medical issues, or paying for repairs to your home or car.
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Planning Ahead for Assisted Living

12/12/2013If you have found yourself asking when the right time to plan for assisted living is, the answer is now. Even if the thought hasn’t crossed your mind, if you or a family member is getting close to retirement age, it is important to have a plan in place for the future. 
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Banking Apps—Why You Should Use One

12/09/2013How simple would banking be if you could carry the entire bank in your pocket? What if you had access to every one of your accounts 24/7?
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Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

12/05/2013When shopping for the best mortgage, knowing the facts will help consumers obtain the right deal for their particular situation. A great place to start is by gaining an understanding of the differences between a fixed-rate and an adjustable-rate mortgage.
 
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Careful Bookkeeping Makes a Successful Small Business

11/29/2013Strategies for maintaining proper records to protect and grow your business.
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Top Tools for Online Banking

11/27/2013Use these tools to improve your money management.
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Start Planning Your Estate Today

11/25/2013Tips on how to plan your estate at any age.
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Mobile Deposit is Now Available

11/20/2013Start saving time and money by eliminating trips to the bank.
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Five Steps Toward Home Ownership

11/14/2013If owning a home is in your future, make sure you read this.
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North Shore Bank Named "Best Banks to Work For"

11/12/2013North Shore Bank was named one of the nation’s Best Banks to Work For by American Banker.
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Switching to Reusables: Grocery Bags, Diapers and More

10/30/2013Disposable products are a relatively new invention. With the excuse of convenience, the availability of disposable products has grown tremendously in the last 50 years.
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The 8(a) Business Development Program

10/25/2013The 8(a) Business Development Program was started by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support small businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs.
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Paper vs. Electronic Statements

10/22/2013When it comes to managing your finances, the best resource you have is your monthly financial statement.
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Look Locally for Your Loans

10/17/2013Life is constantly throwing surprises in your path that require extra funds. Whether it’s paying for a child’s wedding, paying for college or making repairs on your home, personal loans are sometimes necessary.
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Women, Money and the Long-Term

10/14/2013How many short-term financial decisions do you make each week? You probably make more than a few, and they may feel routine.
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The Four C’s of Retirement

10/10/2013Given the amount of information swirling about the economy in general and, more specifically, around retirement planning, it can be helpful to simplify one’s thinking.
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Four Benefits of Combining Loans

10/08/2013Many Americans today are dealing with debt from various sources. If you’re struggling to pay off multiple loans—personal loans, auto loans, student loans—you may want to consider consolidating.
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Golf Provides Retirement Planning Lessons

10/02/2013In most people’s minds, golf and retirement go hand in hand. It’s simply assumed that once full-time work is left behind, men and women will take to the links for relaxing exercise.
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Online Banking Statistics

09/30/2013“Online banking” is a buzzword that keeps on buzzing; it’s an expression that keeps being expressed; it’s a saying that keeps being said. But do the statistics back up the hype?
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Registering Your Small Business with State Agencies

09/27/2013If you are restructuring or renaming your business or are breaking into the world of small-business ownership for the first time, it is important to carefully complete all applicable registration steps with your state.
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Eco-Friendly Lighting: Save energy and lower utility bills by changing the lighting in your home

09/19/2013A few changes in your home lighting can greatly reduce your energy usage, resulting in a cleaner environment and lower utility bills.
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Poker Faces for Investors

09/16/2013Successful investment in the stock market requires a steady hand, gathering and using the information at hand, and thinking long term, which is why comparing it to playing poker is an easy thing to do.
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Going Green with Food

08/30/2013Purchasing locally sourced ingredients can lead to a healthier and more environmentally responsible lifestyle.
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Keep Yourself and Your Money Safe When Using Your ATM and Debit Card

08/22/2013When using your ATM or debit card, it’s important to remember the following safety tips. Whether you’re shopping or using an ATM, there are easy ways to help protect your personal and financial security.
 
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What Is Collateral and Why Is It Important?

08/19/2013When buying a home, the collateral is generally the underlying property and its equity. When you make a down payment of at least 20 percent, you create equity immediately that works to offset the lender’s risk. And each month you make a payment, you pay a little bit of the principal back and create even more equity.
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Small Business Banking Tips from the Game of Baseball - America’s pastime on successful partnerships with financial institutions

08/15/2013For centuries writers have been using the game of baseball as a way to start conversations about many aspects of life, from business to the arts to relationships, and small business banking is no different.
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How Americans Spend Money - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals trends as well as income-level differences

08/12/2013Having been through a recession and several economic highs and lows in the midst of a slow recovery in recent years, Americans’ spending habits have gone through some changes, with notable shifts in food and health care spending.
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Composting 101

07/30/2013Composting is the process of setting aside plants and food scraps and allowing them to break down into a dark, rich, soil-type substance. This organic material will naturally fertilize soil if placed in the ground near growing plants. Compost adds much-needed moisture, organisms and nutrients to soil and is nicknamed “black gold” by many gardeners.
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How to Choose an E-Reader

07/25/2013If you're in the market for an e-reader, consider cost, size, readability, functionality and services to find one that fits your needs and lifestyle.
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Helpful Features of Online Banking

07/22/2013As the world of technology continues to advance and people’s schedules get busier and busier, having the option to bank online can be convenient, save you money and even help you be more organized with your finances. If you’ve been resisting banking online, here are some great features that might just change your mind.
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Bank of Kenosha is Now Part of North Shore Bank

07/16/2013North Shore Bank assumed the deposits and acquired selected assets while continuing operation of the former Bank of Kenosha following its closure by bank regulators and subsequent receivership by FDIC on May, 31, 2013.
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The Quick Pitch: Short and sweet appeals to investors

07/15/2013When it comes to pitching a company to potential investors, keeping an eye on the clock is of the utmost importance. Keeping your pitch short and sweet demonstrates awareness of the investors’ busy schedules; more important, it says a lot about your company’s leadership.
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Notable Retirement Statistics

07/10/2013At a time when the U.S. population is aging more quickly than ever – as baby boomers move toward retirement – the statistics show that many Americans are not prepared to take that next step.
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Four Top Reasons to Apply for Home Equity Loan

07/02/2013If you are considering taking out a loan, you may be wondering if a home equity loan (HEL) is right for you. Home equity loans are a type of second mortgage that allows you to borrow money using the value of your home as collateral.
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Make the Most of Your Spring Walks

06/21/2013Springtime is here and let’s face it: walking is one of the most leisurely and often preferred way to enjoy the season’s changing scenery and warmer, fresh air.  It’s also a great way to squeeze in some cardiovascular activity.
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Conserving Heat and Saving Money

01/02/2013

Heat and energy costs can skyrocket during the winter months, wreaking havoc with the family budget. Keep heating costs in line by conserving heat as much as possible when the weather turns cold.

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Using Your Home Equity Loan for Home Improvements

02/16/2011If you're like many Americans whose favorite store is either Home Depot or Lowe's, whose favorite television channel is Home and Garden Television and whose idea of a celebrity is Bob Vila, then you may have caught the home-improvement bug.
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