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Top 5 Holiday Season Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

October 18, 2021

Small business owners plan for the holiday season months in advance. From securing inventory to outlining sales strategies for their e-commerce site, preparing for the holiday season can be stressful … especially when it comes to keeping your customers’ information safe and private from cyberattacks.

Everyone is susceptible to cyberattacks, and the holiday season makes small businesses particularly vulnerable. Since small businesses have limited staff, small information technology (IT) departments, and often little money set aside for remediation, they’re often prey to cyber threats.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect your small business, keep your customers’ information safe, and improve cybersecurity for your small business.

Posted in: breach, business, cybersecurity, data, fraud, holiday, small

What Is a Sweep Account, and How Does It Help My Small Business?

September 27, 2021

Running a small business is an intense, but rewarding undertaking. Most owners and operators start their business out of passion. Some smart financial moves and optimized cash management can support that passion and help your business grow. The right bank can offer you solutions you may not have known about. One key example is a sweep account. In the following article, we’ll answer basic questions like “What is a sweep account?” “What are the benefits?” and “What are the drawbacks?” By the end, you should have a clearer understanding of how this type of account can benefit your small business.

Posted in: account, brokerage, business, cash, earn, interest, management, small, sweep

Starting a Business in Beloit, WI

July 12, 2021

There are plenty of reasons to consider starting a business in Beloit, WI. At the top of the list is the city’s central location. Greater Beloit is strategically situated at the center of the Midwest, which, of course, is the country’s largest market. As the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation (GBEDC) notes (and rightfully so), “With its strategic location and access to markets, Greater Beloit continually plays a big role in Wisconsin public economic development.”

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What the Stimulus Bill Means for Your Janesville Business

May 12, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed into law on March 11, 2021. While many Americans have been most focused on the direct-deposit stimulus payments to individuals, the plan also provides support for small businesses. These loans and grants have the capability to greatly bolster local economies. For those wondering what the stimulus bill means for your business in Janesville, Wisconsin, there were two programs within the act to support your business: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans and Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants. While PPP funds have been exhausted, RRF could still be an option for your business.

Posted in: Act, business, Cares, covid, loan, payroll, PPP, relief, small