Owning a successful business is one of the American dreams many wish to obtain. Some only dream, while others take the action to make it a reality.

Bank First Corporation, the holding company of Bank First N.A., based in Manitowoc, signed an agreement and Plan of Merger with Hometown Bancorp Ltd. , parent company of Hometown Bank based in Fond du Lac,   under which Bank First has agreed to acquire 100 percent of the common stock of Home…

In the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s biannual Economic Conditions Survey of Wisconsin bank CEOs, 71 percent of respondents rated Wisconsin’s current economic health as “excellent” or “good.” This marks a decline from the mid-year 2021 survey, when 91 percent of survey respondents gave “exc…

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Eau Claire)  Prevail Bank donated $10,000 to support Habitat for Humanity of Chippewa County.  The donated funds will purchase materials needed to build low income housing for families in need of stable, safe and affordable housing.

Economic headwinds are ahead. Steven Chiavarone, chief financial officer and economist with Federated Hermes recently presented at the State of M&A conference held in Green Bay. He shared a range of insights and economic predictors he expected to affect the business community and mergers…

When it comes to discovering new ways to develop talent for future growth, Northcentral Wisconsin businesses are going back to school.

The tight labor market is enticing many people to evaluate options to start a new career. If you’re among those who plan to quit your current role in search of a better opportunity, it’s important to consider how doing so could affect your finances. Here are some things to think about before…

Although holiday shopping can be stressful, especially during a pandemic, there are ways you can stay safe and secure while focusing on your longterm financial goals.

We are approaching the time of year where mutual funds make taxable year-end capital gain and other distributions. If you hold mutual fund investments in a taxable account (i.e., non-IRA or non-retirement account), these distributions have the potential to cause you some serious problems.

Peoples State Bank is holding a virtual webinar on cybersecurity tips for local businesses, and I thought this might be valuable information that could benefit your business. I hope you can attend!

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has enhanced the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, g…

Arewarding aspect of hosting a small business radio show and mentoring business owners in Northeast Wisconsin is learning about the incredible variety of businesses in this area. Most have growth plans and we enjoy learning of or helping with. However, there is an innovative and driven subse…

I n the fall, many employers offer an open enrollment period — a window of time to select your benefits package for the coming year. It’s easy to overlook this opportunity and maintain the status quo, but this could be a costly mistake given the significant role benefits play in your financi…

Green Bay-based Nicolet Bankshares Inc., the parent company of Nicolet National Bank, completed its acquisition of Mackinac Financial Corp., parent company of mBank, on Sept. 3. mBank had 28 branches in Northcentral Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and the satirically named Dogecoin have seen increased news coverage in recent months. The 24-hour high value of Bitcoin on August 1 was $46,691.09. But what, exactly, is cryptocurrency, and how can you incorporate it into your estate plan?

The common “wisdom” is that you should wait to start withdrawing from your IRAs until you are required to do so. That used to be in the year you turned 70-½, but that has now been changed to the year you turn 72.

Whether fresh out of school or several years into a professional career, managing money and planning their financial future are among the top priorities for young professionals., but given competing interests such as marrying or finding a life partner, repaying college debt, starting a famil…

Like many investors, you may own shares of stock (or other assets like mutual funds) that have appreciated in value given the generally favorable environment for the markets in recent years. If the stock is held in a taxable account, it means that a decision to sell shares at some point in t…

For most investors, it’s no surprise that markets are subject to up-and-down fluctuations over time. If you are investing with a long-term perspective, it’s pretty common for your portfolio to experience temporary declines in value. Given enough time, markets generally have shown an ability …

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GREEN BAY, Wis. and MANITOWOC, Wis., June 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCBS) (“Nicolet”) and County Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: ICBK) (“County”) today jointly announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Nicolet will acquire County …

While it’s too soon to guess whether President Biden’s tax proposal is more likely to become law this year or next, it’s reasonable to assume January 1, 2022 may be the effective date of a new tax regime.

Nicolet National Bank, which has a number of branches throughout Northcentral Wisconsin, is expanding its reach into Michigan with the acquisition of Mackinac Financial Corporation and its banking subsidiary, mBank.

Asavings and loan crisis in the 1980s, a series of global finance crises in the 1990s, accounting scandals around the turn of this century, and the financial crisis of 2007, all contributed to increasing regulation for banks and other lenders. This year, in late March, we had another inciden…

Two emotions are likely to strike those who are nearing retirement — excitement and fear. Leaving the world of alarm clocks and offices and having time to pursue your own passions on a daily basis is liberating — but the apprehension of entering a new life stage can easily creep in. Although…

Saving money. It’s the simple yet essential key to building and maintaining wealth and financial comfort. And a new year may be the best time to start. 

PSB Holdings, parent company of Peoples State Bank and Waukesha Bankshares, parent company of Sunset Bank & Savings jointly announced the execution of an Agreement and Plan to Merge in a cash transaction whereby PSB will acquire WBI and Sunset.

For many of us, the new year means a fresh start and the chance to set new goals. As you consider your resolutions, you may want to add “strengthen my financial foundation” to the list.

With COVID-19 spreading across the country, parents also saw a wave of adult children move back home. Pew Research recently found that 52 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds now live in a parent’s house.

Retirement planning, like many things in life, is more of a marathon than a sprint. You want to maintain a steady pace toward the finish line, and you definitely don’t want to hit a detour. Many individuals who have been planning for retirement may find themselves approaching a potential det…

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on household finances across the country. Many Americans have been laid off or required to accept reduced hours on the job. Parents who continue to work find themselves in a childcare bind due to closed schools and daycare centers.

Every morning my son has Eggos. Cinnamon toast flavored. Every morning. I can’t imagine eating the same thing that I ate yesterday. I suffer from a behavior all too common to many. The Recency Effect. I feel the same way about leftovers. If I ate it yesterday, I don’t want it today. 

During the course of their lifetime, the average American changes jobs 12 times and works for 5-7 different employers. If this rings true for you, you may be among the millions of people who have started 401(k) or 403(b) plans with multiple companies over the years.

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You have probably seen articles in the financial press recently about the danger of making “emotional” decisions during the current economic crisis. This theme crops up anytime we have a period of economic uncertainty, as writers weigh in on how investors can avoid making decisions that run …

I n these challenging economic times, many worthwhile charitable organizations find themselves in a precarious financial position. Meanwhile, they are experiencing unprecedented demand, especially those charities that provide basic needs like food and shelter.

Every small business in Marathon County has been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. The small business with less than ten (10) employees along with independent contractors and sole proprietors normally did not qualify for any of the funding programs from the federal government or …

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act provides approximately $2.2 Trillion of economic relief and stimulus designed to help the United States economy and its citizens endure the shutdowns and hardsh…