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PPP Fraud Continues

Posted by Bethany Wood on Fri, Aug 28, 2020

While the number still remains small, the amount of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud cases continues to rise.

PPP loans have provided a much-needed lifeline to many small businesses, non-profits, and sole proprietors during the Coronavirus pandemic, however the rushed creation of this program is starting to show its negative side effects. Just this week, we’ve seen two new arrests in relation to PPP fraud.

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The Push Against Cashless Stores

Posted by Bethany Wood on Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Prior the coronavirus outbreak, there was a growing rate of stores and businesses no longer accepting cash. While this may seem like a natural progression as technology and digital banking grow, this cashless model was actually met with a lot of backlash. Just six months ago in January 2020 (which may feel like years to many of us), New York passed a bill banning businesses from rejecting cash payments nearly unanimously.

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Collaboration to Help All Small Businesses with PPP Forgiveness

Posted by Teslar Software on Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Mark Cuban, Citizens Bank of Edmond and Teslar Software Team Up to

Help All Small Businesses with PPP Forgiveness

Group collaborates to launch free website that simplifies and streamlines PPP forgiveness for small businesses, regardless of lender

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Celebrating Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted by Bethany Wood on Tue, May 5, 2020

This school year, the celebrations are limited, but the appreciation has exponentially increased as parents and caregivers across the nation have walked a mile in the shoes of a teacher. Between Zoom meetings, AMI packets, communications with parents, and supporting and caring for students, teachers are still working hard in the background, supporting their students and families as much as ever.

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How Do We Know When It’s Safe for Businesses to Reopen?

Posted by Bethany Wood on Fri, Apr 17, 2020

There are two legitimate concerns when thinking about reopening the country: the physical health and well-being of citizens and the economic health and well-being of citizens. President Trump’s initial hope to see the country reopened by Easter was met with a lot of backlash from healthcare professionals and economists that said it was too soon and would wind up doing more harm than good. While obviously that date has come and gone with no uplifting of shelter-in-place and other social distancing orders, the push to reopen sooner than later is not unfounded. Yesterday, the president announced the ‘Opening Up America Again’ plan aiming for May 1st.

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ICBA Live Recap

Posted by Bethany Wood on Thu, Mar 19, 2020

The Teslar team had an amazing time in Orlando, FL last week at the ICBA Live conference! Conference attendees Joe Ehrhardt, CEO, Account Executives Colin Savells and David Hamrick, and Director of Marketing, Courtney Martin sat down to discuss their favorite parts of the event.

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When Devices Become Burdens

Posted by Bethany Wood on Mon, Mar 2, 2020

There are two types of relationships with technology: digital immigrants and digital natives. Digital immigrants are those who have integrated into technology and did not grow up with it, like today’s older generations. Digital natives are younger people, mostly children and adolescents, who were born into technology. As digital natives are entering adulthood, we’re seeing a shift in the “American Dream.” Young people are becoming more and more detached from tradition. Less people are getting married, buying homes, having children, attending church, or joining political parties, among other things.

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The Middle Class is Being Left Behind

Posted by Bethany Wood on Wed, Feb 26, 2020

“Fintech” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services.” This takes shape in a broad array of products and services.

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Small Towns Without a Bank

Posted by Bethany Wood on Thu, Feb 13, 2020

In July 2016, in the small town of Duncan, Arizona, the last bank branch in the town closed its doors. They direct traffic to their nearest branch… 40 miles away. It is a popular belief nowadays that bank branches are on their way out and digital banking is taking its place, but are we looking at the whole picture? Don’t community banks offer a lot more to the communities they serve than just a place to make deposits?

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The Value of the Census

Posted by Bethany Wood on Fri, Dec 20, 2019

The Census Bureau collects household information in order to understand the nation’s people and economy. The data describes where people live, their living arrangements, ages, income, education level, commuting patterns, and occupations.1 This information helps all members of the community in different ways. Following the constitutional mandate of equal population representation, the data is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives and draw district boundaries. Conducting a census every ten years is required by the U.S Constitution.

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