November 2014
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Central Bank Raising $ for United Way KC
Almost $4000 raised in one week
by Sarah Cousineau
This month, Linda Adair, Michelle Visos and Anna Reynolds from Central Bank organized a United Way campaign for the employees.  The cb team created a fun week of activities that included a jeans day, a candy guessing game, a bake sale, crock pot lunch, candy sale, a high school photo game, and a fun prize wheel.  The prize wheel included great prizes:  two $50 prepaid cards, time off (full day, half day, snooze or cruise {come in up to 2 hours late or leave up to 2 hours early}, extra 1 hour for lunch), CBKC gifts, and candy or popcorn.
A Day of Thanks
Great Thanksgiving Recipes
by Sarah Cousineau

Thanksgiving is next week, and people are preparing for the holiday. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or going to a family member’s house, most of us will be cooking something. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays mostly because I love the gathering of friends and family with the focus not on gifts or material things, but on loved ones, eating together and giving thanks. Read on for great recipes and decorating ideas.

Estate Planning Checklist
Make sure your estate plan is in order with this simple checklist

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Estate planning can be overwhelming. After all, nobody wants to think too long about a time when they wonít be there for their family. In order to make sure that your family is taken care of when you arenít around, however, itís important to create a comprehensive estate plan.

Paying Down Debt
Which loans should you pay down first?

Is there a right or wrong way to pay down your debt? The answer is not cut and dry; it depends on your financial and personal goals and objectives. There are two main theories about the order of which to pay off loans, and even more advice about those plans.

Shop Small
Small Business Saturday-Nov. 29th
by Sarah Cousineau

What are you doing on Saturday, November 29th? Many of us will be shopping the weekend of Thanksgiving, and small businesses hope you plan to shop at their stores. A few years ago, American Express started Small Business Saturday, and since then the program has grown and is drawing attention to small businesses all around the country. Read more and find some great local places to shop on Small Business Saturday.

Great Automobile Choices for Older Drivers
Comfort and versatility highlight these models

There are so many options on the road today it can be dizzying. As you get older, automotive needs change and priorities shift, but you still want a vehicle that is safe and reliable and also offers the comfort and versatility you need.

DIY Ways to Prep Your House for Winter
Do-it-yourself solutions for home repair come wintertime

As fall morphs into winter and temperatures increasingly drop, you may notice cooler weather inside your home as well. One reason: Things like cracks in window panes, poorly insulated water heaters and clogged air filters can mean your home is not acquiring its maximum energy efficiency.

Naples, Florida
Hereís why the edge of the Everglades offers the premier vacation spot for all

Southwest Floridaís Naples is a city of superlatives. Ranked one of the ď20 Best Small Towns in AmericaĒ by Smithsonian Magazine, Naples is the destination for beach and nature lovers, the most top-notch shopping, sophisticated cuisine, and home to world-class performing arts and culture. With so many different sights to see, food to eat, and beaches to relax on, Naples makes for an idyllic vacation, no matter who youíre traveling with.

Small Business Lending is on the Upswing
Financial Institutions are increasing lending to small businesses

If youíre a small business owner who wants to expand, or an entrepreneur who wants to start a new business, you have likely considered many different avenues for funding your business. If you havenít seriously considered obtaining a loan from your financial institution lately, now is the time.

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