Banking & Financial Education Blog

Summer camp

10 low-cost summer camps on the North Shore

If you’re a parent, you know that choosing the right summer camp for your kids each winter is anything but a walk in the park. Not only do you have to search through an endless maze of camps with differing dates, times and age ranges, but you also have to figure out what you … Read More ›

Chips Manufacturing

Customer Profile: Chips Manufacturing

Before Jim Jett became president of Chips Manufacturing, Inc., in West Chicago, he had spent his entire career in manufacturing. As a salesman for several manufacturing companies in Chicago’s western suburbs, he knew the ins and outs of manufacturing precision component parts, establishing relationships with customers and more.

But Jett wanted something more. His dream … Read More ›


7 Good Money Habits to Start in 2015

Now that January is here, are you staring at a pile of credit card statements from the month before? If so, now is the perfect time to start with a clean slate and plan for the year ahead. For many people, the prospect of setting up a household budget and establishing good money habits … Read More ›

small business loan

Tips for Applying for a Small Business Loan

If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own business, or you’re already a business owner looking to take your company to the next level, you know how important it is to get a small business loan to make your business grow.

However, sometimes the process of applying for a small business loan can seem overwhelming. … Read More ›