Friday Financial Forum July 24 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, July 21 at 05:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, July 24, at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We’ll meet in the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla.* Every Friday we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum. 

This week’s speaker is Dr. Jeremy Ross, the new executive director of the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville. He arrived by way of the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, where for the past two years he served as a postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Dr. Eli Bridge. He led a study on grassland bird conservation in the southern Great Plains in the face of landscape-scale habitat changes and, in doing so, explored much of the crosstimber and prairie regions of Oklahoma. 
 
Dr. Ross received his doctorate from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Before that he had completed his undergraduate in his native province of Manitoba, Canada. He is married to Elizabeth Ross and they are both very happy to be new Bartians.
 
Accompanying Dr. Ross will be Ryan VanZant, director of education at the Sutton Center. VanZant came on board five years ago following a career in training birds, working with Natural Encounters of Florida, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the Philadelphia and Tulsa zoos. He has found his passion in teaching avian educational programs to school groups locally as well as across the United State in the 300-seat amphitheater at the center.
 

What you can expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears, Rep. Travis Dunlap)   
  • News: "The Scoop" about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank)
  • Stock Report and Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Asset Management 
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

If you have any questions about the event or would like us to add someone to the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

**Josh Randolph, Oklahoma Insurance License #122041

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

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Wondering How to Qualify for Affordable Loan Rates?

Monday, July 20 at 08:40 AM
Category: Personal Finance

With half of Americans who can’t qualify for affordable loan rates, many are seeking ways to change their loan eligibility status. Arvest Bank Consumer Loan Manager Gary Myles shares how consumers can begin to change their credit history, and ultimately raise their credit scores, hopefully making them better qualified for affordable loan rates. In this Q&A in The Oklahoman, Myles answers the following questions: 

  • What’s the current state of Americans’ credit?
  • What credit score does a borrower need to get a good lending rate?
  • How can consumers check credit scores?
  • How can consumers begin to change their credit history, and ultimately raise their credit scores?
Check out the answers at The Oklahoman.*

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

Tags: Credit History, Credit Score, Financial Education
 

Helping Kids Prepare for College Life

Wednesday, July 15 at 11:05 AM
Category: Personal Finance

The time has finally come — the day when your child will leave home for college. It's the culmination of all your years of sacrifice, hard work, and preparation. And while it's exciting to think about this new phase in your child's life, it's not uncommon to become emotional and worried about the prospect of your child living without you. Here are some easy ways to prepare your child (and you) for the big moment:

  • Teach your children how to do laundry. Having your college student come home for visits with a full laundry bag is pretty much a parental rite, but your children will still need to be able to do their laundry when they are away from home. You can give them a head start by teaching them how to do laundry before they leave.
  • Have them open a bank account. To successfully live on their own, your children will need to understand how to manage money. Have them open a bank account with a debit card. Be sure to teach them about overdrafts, bank fees, and the importance of paying their bills on time. If you haven’t yet, teach them about the importance of saving money and being prepared for unexpected expenses. You may even want to help them apply for a low limit credit card, which will allow them to learn to use credit responsibly and start building their credit history for the future.
  • Get (them) cooking. Even if your child is on a meal plan, there may be times when they don't have time to get to the cafeteria. Teaching them how to cook for themselves will ensure they don't miss meals or spend money on fast food.
  • Go shopping for dorm room needs together. Make a list of all the things your child will need for their dorm room and go shopping with them. 
  • Make a plan to communicate regularly. Whether your child prefers to talk on the phone or to text, make sure you establish a plan for staying in touch that works for them. Let your child establish the frequency and timing of your discussions. 
  • Stay involved in their education. Ask questions about their classes and school work, as well as their classmates and instructors. Remind your child that you are there for them and be a source of encouragement when they may be having a hard time with an assignment or class.
Once you've done this, make sure you take an important step — congratulate yourself! While it's never easy to let go, you've achieved a major step in being a successful parent. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the reduced laundry (at least until your child comes home to visit).

 

Make Your Work Life More Productive

Wednesday, July 15 at 08:10 AM
Category: Business Banking

Enjoying 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.

Set Priorities
Oscar Wilde once said, “Nothing focuses the mind like the sight of the gallows.” Both you and your employees should know what is important and focus on the high priority items. As a manager, you understand how everything in the business finally comes together to produce a profit. Identifying the critical items for success and then communicating the “how” and “why” can get everyone working toward the same objectives.

Set Deadlines
The newspaper industry revolves around deadlines. Everyone knows that for the morning paper to appear (in the morning), stories must be written, presses must print and trucks must deliver. Everyone knows the essential timing and responds. People like to know what is expected and when it is due. They respond to deadlines. Set realistic deadlines and help employees understand why a deadline has been set.

Pick Some “Low Hanging Fruit”
Many businesses have multiple opportunities for improvement. Some are easier to achieve than others.  By choosing some easy ones (and ones that can be accomplished relatively quickly), you may be able to achieve some quick success and energize the entire organization to accomplish more. Nothing breeds success like success.

Have Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
It is human nature to overestimate what can be accomplished in a short period of time and underestimate what can be accomplished over a long period of time. Take advantage of this tendency by giving employees some short-term projects where enthusiasm can carry the day combined with long-term projects that can produce significant positive change.

Hold Effective Meetings
Meetings take everyone’s time away from other tasks so make sure they are worth the time and effort.  When scheduling a meeting, make sure the purpose of the meeting justifies the total time it is going to take. A one-hour meeting with eight people takes the equivalent of someone’s full workday. Be considerate of everyone’s time and avoid interruptions during the meeting.

An agenda can keep everyone focused. Setting a time limit at the beginning of the meeting will help produce conclusions because people will be less likely to get off track if they know how long they have to accomplish the purpose of the meeting.

Finally, don’t let someone monopolize the meeting with off-subject items. Personal stories or humor can have a place in the workplace but not if it detracts from the purpose of the meeting.

Learn to Listen
In most cases, your employees care about your business. They often have ideas and concerns that need to be addressed. Conveying a willingness to truly listen will encourage employees to offer constructive ideas (and sometimes criticisms) that can be important. Focus on what you are hearing, avoid rudely interrupting a speaker and respond. Effective listening can show you care about what is being said and that you respect the person speaking.

Enjoying your work and helping your employees to enjoy working for you is a win-win situation!

Tags: Arvest Biz, Business Banking
 

Friday Financial Forum July 17 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, July 14 at 05:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, July 17, at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We’ll meet in the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd., Bartlesville, Okla.* Every Friday we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum. 

This week’s speaker is Larry Thrash, president of The Strategy Center, the region's leading provider of business resources located at Tri County Tech in Bartlesville. As president, Thrash inspires success by providing knowledge, facilities and resources to those interested in starting a new business as well as superior, customized training to existing businesses.
 

What you can expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears, Rep. Travis Dunlap)   
  • News: "The Scoop" about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank)
  • Stock Report and Economic Update: Josh Randolph*, Arvest Asset Management 
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

If you have any questions about the event or would like us to add someone to the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

*Josh Randolph, Oklahoma Insurance License #122041

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma

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