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Marissa Scott — 
Credit

Why Is Your Credit Score So Important?

It’s important to keep in mind that borrowing money – and paying it back – has a direct impact on your credit history. 

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

Benefits of Working with a Dedicated Business Banker

A local business banker can do more for your business than you may realize. Here are some of the benefits of working with a business banker from a local community bank.

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Marissa Scott — 
Money Management

Year-End Finances to Review

Looking at last year’s financial picture can help you stay on track and better manage your spending habits in the year ahead. 

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

Selling on Amazon as a Small Business

Selling on Amazon has its benefits, but there are some potential downsides as well. Before you decide, here are a few things to consider.

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Marissa Scott — 
Money Management

Paycheck Advance Apps: Is There a Catch?

If you are on a tight budget, a paycheck advance app may be worth considering, however it is important to fully understand how they work before you sign up.

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

Tips for Building a Business Support Network

If you're feeling the strain of "going it alone," it may be time to reach out and widen your circle of support. Here are some tips for building your business network.

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BankFive — 
News

BankFive Foundation Supports Local Food Pantries This Holiday Season

The BankFive Foundation, a fund of the SouthCoast Community Foundation, has announced contributions totaling $12,000 to several non-profit food pantries.

Anne Tangen - BankFive President & CEO
BankFive — 
News

BankFive and SouthCoast Community Foundation Launches $1.2 Million President’s Scholarship Fund

BankFive and the SouthCoast Community Foundation have teamed up to create the President’s Scholarship Fund.

Marissa Scott — 
Money Management

Potential Tax Benefits of Purchasing a Rental Property

A multi-family or rental property could potentially provide you with steady cash flow and long-term property appreciation. There are also tax advantages to consider.

Jay Quinlan, Vice President of Business Development
BankFive — 
News

BankFive names Jason “Jay” Quinlan as Vice President of Business Development

BankFive is excited to share the addition of Jason “Jay” Quinlan as its new Vice President of Business Development.

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

Preparing Your Business for an Emergency

While you can’t prevent the unexpected, there are steps you can take to prepare your business for emergencies ahead of time.

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Marissa Scott — 
Loans

What Does it Mean if My Loan Requires Collateral?

Take a deeper dive into exactly what collateral is, and what should be used as loan collateral if you have the option to negotiate it. 

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

5 Tips for Building Your Social Media Presence as a Small Business

If used correctly, social media can be a powerful and relatively inexpensive marketing and engagement tool for your business. 

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Marissa Scott — 
Local Business Spotlights

Local Business Spotlight: Hand & Halo

Caitlin Cabral, owner of Hand & Halo, says she didn’t set out to start her own business. Four years later, Caitlin's products have evolved into resin preservation. 

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Marissa Scott — 
Loans

What’s the Difference Between a Secured and Unsecured Loan?

Whatever the reason for a loan, borrowers should understand the difference between a secured loan and an unsecured loan.

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

Do I need an EIN for My Business?

Obtaining an EIN is something that should be on every new business owner’s to-do list when starting out. Take a closer look at what an EIN is, and when it’s required.

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Marissa Scott — 
Saving

Saving for Your Child’s College Education

As most people know, the cost of college can be extremely expensive these days, so knowing when and how to begin saving for college is very helpful.

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Marissa Scott — 
Business

Tips to Protect Your Small Business from Fraud

It’s not just large companies that are targeted by fraudsters - small businesses are also at risk. Here are some tips to help protect your business from fraud.

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