Financial Education Center

Veterans Pensions for Retired Servicemembers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension program benefits former servicemembers who have limited incomes and, in some cases, health problems that aren't related to military service. The VA also administers a special pension program for Medal of Honor recipients.

As a Servicemember, How Can I Protect Myself Against Identity Theft?

These days, anyone can fall victim to identity theft and servicemembers might be relatively easy targets. Because servicemembers are away from home for long stretches of time and receive a steady source of income, it's easy for scammers to obtain a servicemember's information without being noticed.

There’s No Sugar Cookie-ing It—The Holidays Are Going to Cost You Some Dough

If you haven’t considered how to pay for the holidays yet, now may be a good time. Like always, being prepared and having a plan—and a holiday list—is always your best option.

Transformation in a Fourth Generation Family-Owned Bank

When most people think about family businesses, transformation and innovation are probably not the first things that come to mind. Doing things the same way as the prior generation did them is how most people probably think about family businesses, and perhaps it is even part of the lore of the family businesses.

Webinar: Culture Conversation Part 2: Using Culture to Accelerate Business Results

The First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses held the second part of their series on Using Culture to Accelerate Business Results. Dr. Allie Taylor with Orange Kiwi Consulting gave insight into strategies for creating intentional cultures despite unintentional, accidental, or hypothetical actions.

Using Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans to Raise Capital for Your Business

The SBA loan program is a government-sponsored program created to encourage, assist, and protect small businesses. With few exceptions, the SBA does not loan directly to businesses. Rather, it guarantees loans provided by banks and other financial organizations, and establishes guidelines for the loans.