10 Home Office Must Haves

Monday, April 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

More and more U.S. workers are replacing their commutes for remote and flexible work environments these days.

In fact, telecommuting has grown 115 percent in the past decade, according to data from Global Workplace Analytics.* That increase has been due, at least in part, to the millennial generation. They have opted for telecommuting positions in order to achieve a healthy work-life balance, Forbes reports.*

There are many benefits of working from home, including reduced commuter costs and increased productivity.

If you're considering working from home, here are a few office staples you will need to ensure maximum success—and productivity:

  1. A dedicated work area. If possible, designate a separate room in your home, such as a spare bedroom or bonus room over your garage as your home office. This will ensure you have the quiet and privacy you need to work. It's also a good way to separate your workspace from your living space.

  2. A desk. Have a desk or a flat surface where you can place your computer and any paperwork. Today, office supply and furniture stores offer a range of desk types, including stand-up desks, which provide a healthier alternative to sitting all day.

  3. A good computer. If your company doesn't provide you with a computer, invest in a reliable one. You may want to consider purchasing a laptop, which will allow you to easily transport your work as needed.

  4. A printer. Consider investing in an all-in-one printer that will allow you to scan, fax, copy and print and help you save space.

  5. Internet access. For maximum productivity, be sure to get high speed Internet access.

  6. Filing/storage space. Consider purchasing a file cabinet to store important files or purchase baskets to store files under your desk.

  7. Good lighting. Make sure your work area gets proper light. If not, use a desk lamp.
     
  8. Surge protectors. Protect your work and computer from power outages.

  9. Document shredder. To ensure the confidentiality of your work, be sure to purchase a shredder and regularly shred important documents.

  10. A work-from-home wardrobe. Your wardrobe has an affect on the way you work and interact with your remote colleagues. Consider clothes that make you feel confident and ready for the day.

A well set-up office can go a long way in ensuring you remain productive, and effectively leverage the advantages of working from home.

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Tags: Financial Education
 

Arvest Bank Announces Johnston Hiring

Monday, April 16 at 10:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

 Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Chandler Johnston as a regional branch sales manager in Springfield.

Johnson brings 14 years of experience in sales, networking and business development for both corporate and retail customers to Arvest. In her new role, she will manage the activities of the Arvest branches on Fremont Avenue and Republic Road.

“We are confident that Chandler will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to our Arvest family,” Arvest branch administrator Mindy Thompson said.

Johnston, who lives in Nixa, earned an associate degree at Ozarks Technical Community College and bachelor’s degree in business administration at Drury University. Among other civic endeavors, she is the City of Nixa Public Building Corporation Commissioner and an active member of both the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce and Masterminds of Biz professional networking group.

Tags: Arkansas, Springfield
 

Arvest Foundation Contributes $10,000 to Bartlesville Community Center

Monday, April 16 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Bartlesville Community Center’s marquee will be getting much needed upgrades thanks in part to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced at the Bartlesville Community Center.  Andy Novak and Annah Fischer of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

Opened in January of 1982, the Bartlesville Community Center is recognized as one of the finest performing arts halls in the country. The Center has played host to an amazing array of events and is home to seven local presenting arts groups who perform their concerts and productions at the Center. They include Bartlesville Choral Society, Bartlesville Civic Ballet, Bartlesville Community Concert Association, Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in Bartlesville, Children’s Musical Theater, and OKM Musical Festival.

“The generous gift from Arvest Foundation and other local corporations has made it possible for us to update the Center marquee,” said Val Callaghan, managing director of Bartlesville Community Center. “The marquee project will not only benefit the Center but each local presenting art group who utilizes the Center for their performances. We plan to have the marquee updates complete in May.”

 “We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Community Center’s efforts. We are lucky to have this facility and our strong local arts groups in Bartlesville, said Annah Fischer, marketing manager, Arvest Bank. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to the community and enhanced quality of life.”

About the Arvest Foundation

The Arvest Foundation seeks to provide funding to grantees who are actively working to create positive change for others. Major areas of focus include: K-12 education, economic development, and enhancing the quality of life throughout the Arvest footprint. For more information, go to www.arvestfoundation.org.

 

Tags: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
 

WACO Title Company and Pavaso Collaborate to Deliver e-notary Closing in Arkansas

Thursday, April 12 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

WACO Title Company (“WACO Title”) and Pavaso, Inc. (“Pavaso”) recently completed Arkansas’ first full e-notary closing since the Arkansas Legislature passed The Arkansas Electronic Notary Public Act in early 2017. WACO Title is an Arkansas-based title and settlement services company servicing Arkansas and Missouri. Pavaso is a provider of digital closing and collaboration solutions for the mortgage and real estate lifecycle.

The closing took place in the new WACO Title Headquarters in Springdale, Ark., and the real estate transfer document was electronically signed, notarized, and filed in the public records of Washington County.

“The idea of moving the closing process to a more electronic experience for consumers has been in the works for over a decade,” said Patrick Curry, president & CEO, WACO Title. “Waco Title and Pavaso have been among the leaders in this movement, which empowers the consumer and transforms the closing experience into one built upon transparency and efficiency. We look forward to continuing to utilize e-closing and e-notary technologies to benefit our customers and improve efficiencies.”

Curry also said Waco Title has 30 associates certified by the Arkansas Secretary of State with e-Notary commissions.

The e-closing process gained speed in Arkansas recently as the Arkansas Secretary of State began the process of commissioning e-notaries. In early 2017, the Arkansas General Assembly passed the Arkansas Electronic Notary Public Act, defining many standards necessary to protect the legitimacy of e-signed and e-notarized documents in the state.

“We are proud to help lead the way in making the e-Notary and e-Closing processes mainstream, and WACO Title is a proven ground breaker in these fields as well,” said Mark McElroy, CEO of Pavaso. “We are collaborating with government and the private sector in numerous states to make the process the norm, rather than the exception. The result is one of compliance, efficiency and accuracy – but most of all, it’s simply a smoother process for the consumer.”

McElroy further noted that Pavaso is approved in multiple states, including Arkansas, as an e-notary solution provider.

About WACO Title

WACO Title Company has been serving the abstract, title insurance and closing needs of this region since 1885 and employs over 190 highly skilled professionals, including five in-house attorneys, in 21 locations throughout Arkansas and Missouri. WACO Title and its employees are covered by a fidelity bond as well as errors and omissions insurance and maintains in-house title plants in each of the markets they serve. WACO Title’s growth and capabilities will continue to afford the people of Missouri and Arkansas a better, more efficient experience with the title and closing process. To learn more about WACO Title, please visit www.WACOtitle.com.

About Pavaso

Texas-based Pavaso is transforming the mortgage process with radically innovative digital mortgage closing technology facilitating fast, consistent, accurate and compliant closings every time. Pavaso offers a single, collaborative, secure portal promoting transparency, efficiency, consumer education and communication in a seamless format delivering value to evey stakeholder involved in the transaction. For more information on how you can streamline your process and digitally transform your organization, call us at 866.288.7051 or visit www.pavaso.com.

Tags: Arvest, WACO
 

Online Love Can Have Financial Risks

Thursday, April 12 at 02:00 PM
Category: Personal Finance

Arvest Bank is warning consumers about scams related to online dating

Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites, and chat rooms to meet people. Many form successful relationships, but romance scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims. They create fake profiles to build online relationships, and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, thousands of reports are made each year about scammers who create fake online relationships only to steal their victims’ money.

Unfortunately, an online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist. Caution should be used when a newly formed relationship partner begins to ask for money.

The FTC has created a new infographic, developed with the American Bankers Association Foundation, which lists common signs of online dating scams and what to do if someone you meet online asks you for money. Victims may be embarrassed to talk about their experiences, but consumers can help one another by sharing this information. A simple phone call, email or text, saying “Look what I just found” and sharing this information may make a difference in someone else’s life.

How to Report Fraud Related to Your Arvest Accounts

  • To report Identity Theft, financial fraud or an unauthorized transaction in your account, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523.
  • To report a lost or stolen credit, debit or ATM card, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523 or by using our Contact Us page.
  • To report a suspicious email, phone call or text message, please forward the suspicious email to, or send a message to: reportfraud@arvest.com.

Below are specific tips from the FTC to identify a scammer in an online dating environment:

 

 

Tags: Financial Education, Fraud Alert

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