Celebrate Local Businesses this Holiday Season
Local communities are banding together to support local businesses. Shop Local. Buy Local. Buy Here. They all have the same basic core message: by choosing to shop Main Street Iowa not only do we keep our money local, we also keep our neighbors employed. By supporting local businesses you too could win. Hills Bank has developed three fun ways to help spread the word about shopping local. Participate in one or all for your chance to win prizes for making local purchases.
Together we can support our local economies this holiday season.
The Power of Saying "Thank You"
Cheers. Thank You. Gracias. Arigato. Merci beaucoup. No matter how you say it, if stated correctly, it has a great impact, especially when you say it to your customers.
November is a great time to sincerely thank your customers. Take a few moments to outline the content of your thank you message. Think about how your relationship began, how it has developed and how it will continue in the future. Compose a short message and share exactly how their business has impacted you this past year.
There are many ways to share your message. It can be as simple as placing a five minute phone call to your top customers, writing a short note and dropping it in the mail, placing a sign in your store front, or even sending a message of thanks via social media.
During this time of giving thanks we thank you for reading our Successful Business newsletter. If you would like to see articles featured on particular topics feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Shop Locally?
Hills Bank promotes the growth of hometown businesses and the local community by encouraging everyone to shop locally. By choosing to shop locally, you are not only helping your town prosper, you also receive benefits that only a local business can provide:
Why Bank Locally?
Hills Bank and Trust Company is reminding businesses that now is the perfect time to join the “local” movement by banking locally with Hills Bank. By doing so, consumers will realize many benefits that come with banking with a community bank, including a relationship-based banking experience, superior customer service, and the pride that comes with reinvesting in one’s community.
“By shopping and banking locally our customers can make a real difference in the lives of neighbors and our community,” said Nicole Slaubaugh, Vice President, Hills Bank. “We make a hometown investment you can be proud of. The money you deposit in Hills Bank will be reinvested in ways that drive the Corridor’s local economy, such as home loans or loans to new businesses.”
As small businesses themselves, community banks only thrive when their customers and communities do the same, so taking care of customers and looking out for the best interest of their community is ingrained in the way we conduct business. And when customers call, they can be reassured they are speaking to a local banker who lives and works in the same community they do.
Ask the Expert
Q. I have set aside a special checking account for holiday expenses that I contribute to weekly throughout the year. I realized that that money was not earning interest as it sat there. Do you have anything that can help my money grow until I'm ready to shop for next year's holiday?
A. Plan ahead for the holidays with a Hills Bank Savers' Club account. Simply deposit either $10, $25, or $50 per week into your Savers' Club account and you'll be ahead for next year's holiday expenses...won't that be nice? After you make a years worth of weekly contributions we will make your last payment. To learn more, contact a Personal Banker at any Hills Bank location!
Account cycle ends 10/31/12. For all accounts with balances on this date that meet or exceed the equivalent of 49 weekly deposits based upon plan chosen*, Hills Bank will make a final bonus deposit to the account equal to the standard weekly plan amount that was selected when the account was established ($10, $25, or $50). This is a non-interest bearing account. However, the final bonus payment may be reported as interest. Funds will then be disbursed to the account owner by check or by automatic transfer to another deposit account. *Minimum balances to earn final payment by weekly plan amount are: $10 - $490; $25 - $1,225; $50 - $2,450.
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