5 Creative Holiday Gift Gadgets — Under $50

Friday, November 28 at 09:10 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Looking for a creative gift or gadget for someone on your holiday list? Rest assured there's no shortage of options, including many affordable ones under $50. So whether you're buying for the chef, workaholic, singer, or biker in your life, there are smart, fun and creative gifts out there.

Here are some popular gifts — all under $50.

Washable Computer Keyboard
Get the germ hater/computer lover in your life a gift they'll appreciate — a washable computer keyboard. These durable keyboards feature drainage holes that allow for safe cleaning — even in the dishwasher. Available at Best Buy.*

Bluetooth Shower Speaker
Know someone who loves to sing in the shower? With a Bluetooth shower speaker, they can stream music while they bathe. This wireless speaker connects with smartphones and MP3s allowing users to listen to their favorite music or answer their phones – without ever leaving the shower. (Singing lessons sold separately.) Available at ThinkGeek.*
 
Retro Handset Phone
Looking for an inexpensive gift for that talkative teenager in your life? A retro phone handset offers a fun alternative to talking directly on the cell phone. Available in a variety of colors like pink, orange and blue, retro phones plug right into a phone's 3.5 mm jack. Available at Overstock.*
 


Chef Tablet Stand and Stylus

Give the recipe-follower in your life a smart way to use and protect their tablet while cooking in the kitchen. Included stylus allows for easy access to recipes and the internet without sticky fingers. Available at Brookstone.*

Digital Measuring Cup and Scale
Give the chef or baker in your life precisely what they need to ensure their recipes turn out perfectly — an all-in-one digital measuring cup and scale. Available at Amazon.*
 
Smartphone Bike Mount
Buying for an avid biker or motorcyclist? Give them the gift that makes it easy to access and store their smartphones while cycling. They can map out GPS routes and listen to their music on speaker. Can be used with bicycles and motorbikes. Available at LifeProof.*



So what are you waiting for? Go gadget shopping today! You never know what affordable treasure you might discover.

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

 

Fashion Debit Cards Released

Wednesday, November 26 at 03:15 PM
Category: Arvest News

We’re giving you one more way to strut your style! Whether you’re a dress and heels kind of girl, a sneakers and jeans kind of girl or somewhere in between, we’ve got a fashion debit card to suit your style!

Our newly released fashion debit card series stars:

Stiletto Meadow

Chevron Spice

Old School

On the Catwalk

Simple Elegance


To grace your wallet with one of these cards, call Customer Service at (866) 952-9523 or visit your nearest Arvest branch. To check out our runway of specialty and affinity debit cards, visit arvest.com/style

*$50 minimum deposit required to open account. Existing customers will be charged a $5 replacement fee.

Tags: Debit Cards
 

Small Business Education Series in Kansas City on Dec. 12

Wednesday, November 26 at 07:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Calling small business owners and entrepreneurs in Greater Kansas City! You are invited to attend a session on Dec. 12 in Arvest’s Small Business Education Series targeted to businesses that have been in business one to five years.

This is the fourth class in a four-part series and is tailored for a business owner looking for ways to retain their employees and ensure personal financial success. Attendees will hear ways to plan for their own retirement and gain help in designing a plan for the business when the owner is ready to move on. The class will cover retirement options for the business owner and will provide tools in deciding what retirement options are right for the employees.

The session will be held Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Central Exchange* located at 1020 Central St. #100, Kansas City, Mo. Please register* and pay for the event online. This event is free to the public.

Here’s a preview of the guest speakers.

Laura Ward, MidCap Advisors
Laura earned her Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she graduated summa cum laude. Laura has earned 10 certifications, including Business Intermediary, Exit Planner and Business Coach. In November 2014 Laura earned her certification as a Mergers and Acquisitions Master Intermediary. Laura is a sought after speaker, educator and facilitator and has written many articles for regional and international publications. She was a founding member and executive board member of the Women’s Capital Connection, an angel fund dedicated to providing funding and mentoring to women business owners. Laura is a past president of the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has served as a board member and/or committee member for a number of organizations. Because of Laura’s efforts to promote women owned businesses, Laura was awarded the 2008 Joan Strewler-Carter Women of Influence Award and in 2011 Laura was an honoree of the “Women Who Mean Business” by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Carissa Froome, Arvest Bank
Carissa joined Arvest Asset Management in early 2013. She brings over 19 years of banking, financial and high net worth advisory services experience with her. Carissa’s focus is on partnering and advising private business owners, corporate executives, retirees and their families to plan for their financial security and their financial legacy. With her desire to listen and learn about her clients’ core goals, she dedicates her attention to helping clients with planning, advice and investment management. Her role includes business development as well as the implementation and review of managed trust and investment accounts. Carissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Rockhurst University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing with an emphasis in International Business from Loyola University Chicago. Actively involved in the community, Carissa is a board member of Rockhurst University Leadership Council and WIN for KC.

We look forward to meeting you at Arvest’s Small Business Education Series on Dec. 12!

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

Tags: Arvest Biz, Business Banking, Kansas City
 

Beware of Unauthorized Arvest Windows Mobile App

Wednesday, November 26 at 01:15 AM
Category: Arvest News

An unauthorized Arvest app labeled “Arvest Bank” and published by Metapps was previously available in the Windows Phone Store. Arvest had no involvement with the creation of this app and does not endorse it. If you downloaded this app, please remove it. If you input your username and password into this app, delete the app and call Arvest Customer Service at (866) 952-9523 as soon as possible.

This unauthorized app is no longer available in the Windows Phone Store. Arvest does not currently have a native Windows app. Please continue to log in using a browser or use Text/SMS banking. Arvest does have apps for iPhone,* iPad* and Android.*

Arvest takes the credibility of our apps seriously. If you come across an app and you’re unsure whether or not it is published by Arvest, please call Arvest Customer Service at (866) 952-9523. You can also check the Arvest Blog, Arvest Bank Facebook page* or Arvest Bank Twitter account* for an announcement about any new apps.

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

Tags: Consumer Protection, Technology
 

Arvest Private Banking Adds Three in Benton County, Ark.

Tuesday, November 25 at 10:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Private Banking expands staffing in Benton County, Ark.

ROGERS, Ark. — Arvest Bank has announced that three new private bankers have joined the Arvest Private Banking teams in Benton County.

“We have seen a growing need to expand the staff at Arvest Private Banking in order to keep up with the demand we have for focused customer service and financial guidance for our customers,” Robyn Breshears said. “Kristy, Britni and MacKenzie are all extremely focused on how Arvest Bank can best assist clients in reaching their individual financial goals. Each one is a great addition to our team.”

Kristy Carney is a Private Banking Advisor and reports to Robyn Breshears, Private Banking Manager. She will work at the Lowell and Rogers Downtown locations. Carney has been with Arvest Bank for the past 14 years, starting as a Teller in 2000, then working as a Commercial Loan Assistant and Consumer Lender until 2012 when she moved to Springdale as a Private Banking Advisor.

A native of Greenwood, Carney graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, finance and banking. She holds Series 7, Series 66, and life and health insurance licenses in Arkansas. Carney has recently been named to the Ozark Natural Science Center’s board of directors. She and her husband, Sean Carney, have a daughter Avery. The family lives in Rogers.

Britni Menke was promoted to Arvest Private Banking as Business Development Representative. She will report to Breshears and will work at the Bentonville Financial Center and Bentonville Downtown locations. Menke first joined Arvest Bank in August 2013 as the assistant branch manager of the Financial Center location in Bentonville. Before then, she started her banking career as a part-time front line associate at The First National Bank of Barry in Barry, Ill., in 2007. She later worked for JP Morgan & Chase in Bloomington, Ill., before moving to Arkansas.

Menke attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and Illinois State University in Bloomington, Ill. While still in college, Menke volunteered for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and continued her interest in philanthropy through Alpha Delta Pi sorority at Illinois State University for the Ronald McDonald House. While living in Normal, Ill., she was a volunteer at the Children’s Museum and the Normal Public Library. She is an active member of New Hope Fellowship of Springdale.

MacKenzie Wallace joined Arvest Private Banking as an Administrative Assistant. She will report to Breshears and will work at the Financial Center in Bentonville. This is Wallace’s first job with Arvest Bank. She previously worked for a small company in Rogers where she oversaw finances and managed accounts.

A native of Gravette, Wallace earned an Associate of Science from Northwest Arkansas Community College in 2012. A new resident of Bentonville, Wallace has attended New Life Christian Center in Centerton for the past four years.

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates, Press Release

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