Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City

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

Business Blogging Basics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

*Participants do not need to attend all four sessions.

 

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

 

Tags: Business Banking, Kansas City
 

Mitigating Cyber-Crime Seminar

Monday, July 08 at 08:00 AM
Category: Business Banking


You’re invited to a free seminar – Mitigating Cyber-Crime Threats Impacting Business, Non-Profit, and Public Sector Entities – A Presentation of Federal Law Enforcement Agency Guidance – on Thursday, August 1 from 9:30am – 11am at Elliott Robinson & Co CPA's located at 2305 S. Blackmon Rd, Ste D, Springfield, Missouri.

 

 

 

With electronic fraud on the rise, learn how Arvest services can help businesses:

- Monitor electronic debit activity

- Verify pre-authorized debit transactions

- Return unauthorized electronic debits, once identified

- Reduce potential for losses

Speaking will be Jon Pascoe, CISSP, CIPP/US, HCISPP, and Director of Privacy Risk Management at Arvest Bank. Seating is limited. Please make your reservation with Candy Letterman at (417) 827-8435 or cletterman@arvest.com by Thursday, July 25. 

Tags: Arvest, Missouri, Springfield
 

Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City

Wednesday, May 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Business Banking

So… What Do You Do? What’s Your 10-Second Commercial?

When meeting people for the first time, why do we struggle with explaining what we do in 10 seconds or less? Join our featured speaker, Dan Stalp of Sandler Training, for this highly interactive session where participants will:

  • Build intrigue when someone asks, “What do you do?”
  • Be more clear about the types of people/companies who qualify as good candidates for your business; and
  • Learn how to set strong verbal agreements with those who qualify for follow-up after meeting someone.

Dan Stalp has over 26 years of experience leading, training, and coaching high performing individuals. He has risked everything and completely started over twice career-wise, once in 1993 and again in 2005 by co-founding and founding his own firm. Dan has co-authored two books, “The Reunion” and “Antoerh Reunion,” about career significance and how pursuing what you were “meant to do” – along with always being grateful – plays an instrumental role in being the best you can be.

When not being mistaken for a certain Hollywood movie star, Dan and his wife Lisa of 28 years travel to Dallas, TX and Fayetteville, AR to visit their two grown daughters. Or they are attending rugby and lacrosse events for their high school and college aged sons.

This first session will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Regnier Center of Johnson County Community College (12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS – Room 270). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

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

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

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

*Participants do not need to attend all four sessions. 

Tags: Financial Education, Kansas City
 

FRAUD ALERT: Business Email Compromise Scams are on the Rise

Thursday, October 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

Arvest Bank is warning business owners about Business Email Compromise (BEC) and E-mail Account Compromise (EAC) schemes. These are sophisticated scams targeting both businesses and individuals performing wire transfer payments. Perpetrators have been known to impersonate business executives, real estate industry representatives, HR staff, law firms, and trusted vendors to initiate or redirect wire transfers to overseas bank accounts.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, between December 2016 and May 2018, there was a 136% increase in identified global exposed losses. This type of scam has been reported in all 50 states and in 150 countries.

Typical of these schemes, a criminal uses email to impersonate a business executive or other employee to request fraudulent payments or obtain access to employee payroll or W2 information. The criminal will typically leverage a victim's authority to pressure targets into acting quickly or secretly when handling the transfer.

BEC/EAC actors heavily targeted the real estate sector in recent years. This includes title companies, law firms, real estate agents, buyers and sellers. Victims most often report a spoofed e-mail being sent or received on behalf of one of these real estate transaction participants with instructions directing the recipient to change the payment type and/or payment location to a fraudulent account. The funds are usually directed to a fraudulent domestic account which quickly disperse through cash or check withdrawals. The funds may also be transferred to a secondary fraudulent domestic or international account. Funds sent to domestic accounts are often depleted rapidly making recovery difficult.

How to Protect Yourself

The best defense is to verify all requests for a change in payment type and/or location.

BEC/EAC actors have been known to target all parties in a real estate transaction. BEC/EAC actors often request that payments originally scheduled for check dispersal be made via wire instead. BEC/EAC actors may also request changes to the original recipient’s financial information.

Be wary of any communication that is exclusively e-mail based and establish a secondary means of communication for verification purposes.

BEC/EAC actors will use information that is publicly available on real estate listing sites to target victims. This may include homes that are for sale and the progress of the sale such as “under contract” as well as the contact information of the real estate agent.

Be mindful of phone conversations.

Victims have reported receiving phone calls from BEC/EAC actors requesting personal information for verification purposes. Financial institutions report phone calls acknowledging a change in payment type and/or location. Some victims report they were unable to distinguish the fraudulent phone conversation from legitimate conversations.

One way to counter act this fraudulent activity, is to establish code phrases that would only be known to the two legitimate parties.

What to do if You are a Victim

If you discover a fraudulent transfer, time is of the essence.

  • First, contact your financial institution and request a recall of the funds. Different financial institutions have varying policies; it is important to know what assistance your financial institution will provide when attempting to recover funds.
  • Second, contact your local FBI office and report the fraudulent transfer. Law enforcement may be able to assist the financial institution in recovering funds.
  • Finally, regardless of dollar loss, file a complaint with www.ic3.gov* or, for BEC/EAC victims, bec.ic3.gov*. The IC3 will be able to assist both the financial institutions and law enforcement in the recovery efforts.

How to Report Fraud Related to Your Arvest Accounts

  • To report Identity Theft, financial fraud or an unauthorized transaction in your account, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523.
  • To report a lost or stolen credit, debit or ATM card, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523 or by using our Contact Us page.
  • To report a suspicious email, phone call or text message, please forward the suspicious email to, or send a message to: reportfraud@arvest.com.

 

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

*Link is a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

Home Makeover: Indoor Edition

Thursday, October 25 at 09:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

Winter may have you spending more time in your home, but that doesn't mean your home improvements have to stay dormant. There are still plenty of things you can do inside your home to improve its appearance, keep you busy, and most importantly, beat those winter doldrums. Best of all, you don't have to spend a fortune in the process.

Here's a quick list:


Rearrange furniture. One of the most affordable and easiest ways to give your home a new look is to rearrange the furniture. You can rearrange furniture in a single room or shuffle pieces from other rooms in your house. You'll be surprised at how moving a few pieces of furniture can change the entire feel of a room.

Awaken tired walls. Nothing makes a room look newer than a fresh coat of paint. Painting a room in a brighter color is a great way to brighten up the dark days of winter. Also, consider painting your trim around doorways to freshen the look of your house.

Re-fixture your cabinets. Tired of looking at the same-old kitchen cabinets? Give them a fresh look by changing the handles and fixtures. The right fixtures can make all the difference and will save you the high cost of having to replace your cabinets.

Re-grout tile. Do you have tile in your bathroom or kitchen that looks old and worn? Over time, grout between your tiles can get dirty. For a fresh new look, re-grout your tile with a new color. It's time consuming work, but inexpensive.

Another way to give your bathroom a refresh is to replace worn faucets and fixtures.

Clean your garage. Looking to get more space in your garage? Winter is a great time to get organized, and give yourself more space to work or store items.

Light up your home. See your home in a different light. Literally. Consider purchasing new lamps and lighting fixtures to give your home a brighter, new appearance.

These simple projects are great ways to spruce up your home. After all, if you're going to spend your winter indoors, you may as well be surrounded by beautiful scenery.

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