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You’re Invited: Breakfast with the Fed

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You're Invited: Breakfast with the Fed
  Our friends at the Federal Reserve of St. Louis/Memphis Branch are holding a breakfast event you don’t want to miss. This quarterly gathering of Memphis business and financial industry professionals offers insights on topics pertinent to our regional economy. Featuring: Mark McCracken, Assistant Vice President from the Federal Reserve ...
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Join Us Feb. 27 for the Memphis RMA Women in Banking Event

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Join Us Feb. 27 for the Memphis RMA Women in Banking Event
  You are invited to the Memphis RMA Women in Banking event: Networking through Community Service Tuesday, February 27, 2018  5:00-7:00 PM Tickets are $30 BUY TICKETS The event will be held in the Windergardner Auditorium at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Attendees will enjoy the Dixon's galleries, which ...
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Personal Branding and the Lender…A New Way of Thinking For the Community Banker

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Personal Branding and the Lender…A New Way of Thinking For the Community Banker
If you were to spend any time hanging out with me, first, I’d feel bad for you! Be prepared to hear about guitars, music, college football, and pipes. Second, I would hope you would find me to be someone who likes to find “the new way of thinking about or ...
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Relationship Management: Take a deep breath and reevaluate

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Relationship Management: Take a deep breath and reevaluate
Banking, like any other client-forward industry, is both extremely easy and complex. Though dated, the 3-5-3 rule (“take it in at 3%, lend it out at 5%, be on the golf course at 3”) does have a grain of truth in it. My inability to correct the slice in my ...
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5 Realistic Questions Community Banks Need to Ask for the New Year

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5 Realistic Questions Community Banks Need to Ask for the New Year
At the risk of throwing one more “Top 5 for 2018” blog post on to your feed, let me explain my reasoning. Before a bank (or any enterprise for that matter) can embrace any sort of cultural change, they must first identify honestly who they are, who they are not, ...
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Muni Madness: A lot of variables affect tax-free performance

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Muni Madness: A lot of variables affect tax-free performance
“Now that interest rates have finally risen…” is a phrase I wrote in jest, a mere six months ago, in this very column. I can now use these words in sincerity. And your collection of investments is potentially the better for it. We have contended that while the discussion of ...
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Push and Pull: Two-sided SBA market doubles your chance for success

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Push and Pull: Two-sided SBA market doubles your chance for success
Rufus Thomas, the late R&B impresario whose hit list included “The Funky Chicken” and “Walking the Dog,” was not known to be a market maker of Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loans. It’s ironic, then, that he was talking about the two-sided benefits of both lending and investing in these ...
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Questions and Answers

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Questions and Answers
What do you look for in a credit analyst? What is top of mind when hiring staff into these positions? Most of the time, we start with number-crunching skills. We welcome a knowledge of accounting, and we think in terms of answering the basic questions of financial statement and cash ...
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Barret Grads in the News!

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A few recent Barret Grads in the news...thought we'd share. Marka Shaffer, featured in... 2016-06-22– David Douse, featured in... Read article June 26, 2016– Allen Waddell and Rhonda Owens, featured in... Read article June 25, 2016– Louis Marascalco and Justin Griffin, featured in... Louis Marascalco has been promoted to Senior ...
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Employers can find ways to turn negative feedback to positive outcomes

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Employers can find ways to turn negative feedback to positive outcomes
Most employers consider feedback from employees necessary, but those employers might wonder if that feedback has to feel so much like a necessary evil. When the feedback employees have to offer is negative, it can be tough for employers to stomach. But more and more employers are realizing that even ...
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