Midst the deposit slips and cashier drawers, banks are full of tellers and managers, executives and board members—and at Reliance Bank, there even are ambassadors. Tom Brouster, chairman of the board and majority owner, refers to the members of the Reliance Bank advisory boards as “ambassadors for our bank—they are our eyes and ears in the community.” And this exclusive group of community members just got a little larger, as the bank recently formed its new Women’s Advisory Board.
Think for a few moments about your financial goals—they might include saving for a comfortable retirement, preparing for your children’s college education, purchasing a primary or second home, or leaving a legacy to the broader community. Everyone has goals like these, even though they can sometimes take a back seat to day-to-day concerns. A financial adviser’s job is to help you clarify those goals and turn them into a reality, says Brian King, wealth manager at Plancorp. “The goals are set by the clients, and it’s our job to discover them. We’re here to do a reality check, look at those goals and educate our clients about opportunities to achieve them.”
Millions of small businesses around the country are discovering that Small Business Saturday is a great way to kick-off the holiday shopping season. It also is a wonderful way for customers to support local small business and help boost their city’s economy.
The holidays are a romantic time—who would argue that? After all, the season’s gatherings are filled with good cheer, a few drinks and a healthy dose of mistletoe. But whether you’re planning your office holiday party—or just planning to attend—it’s worth a reminder that real life is not like Love Actually or When Harry Met Sally. Local attorneys shared with LN their advice for avoiding the pitfalls of too much holiday magic in the workplace.
Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
When he arrived in St. Louis from Italy 50 years ago, Giovanni Gabriele had one dime left in his pocket. He saved that dime, just in case he needed it for a pay phone. As it turns out, he never really needed it in the first place.
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.