Skip Your Lunch, Give a Meal on Sept. 19

Wednesday, September 17 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

As part of our 1 Million Meals initiative to fight local hunger, we invite you to give up your lunch on Friday, Sept. 19 and donate the money you would have spent to benefit 59 local food partners.

One in six American households reported food hardship, or not having adequate funds to provide enough food for their family. By donating what you can, you can help hungry neighbors not have to make the choice between feeding their family or paying their bills.

Remember, $1 = 5 Meals, so if you typically spend around $10 on lunch, you can provide 50 meals to a neighbor in need. You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

1 Million Meals continues through Nov. 1. Help us make an impact sure to be felt a million times over!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
 

Networking and your Business

Wednesday, September 17 at 07:40 AM
Category: Business Banking

The term networking has carried many meanings over the last decade. The evolution of networking and the benefits achieved from networking have reached new levels. There is an ever-increasing awareness around the importance of relationships that has spread through the business development community. With social media in the hands of billions, the power of connection in the business world is a natural transition.

Networking is a game that requires skill and practice. Although the thought of going out and meeting people seems easy enough, those who find the greatest success networking are the ones who practice being intentional. Intentional networking is the act of planning and preparing before selecting and attending an event. It requires research, planning time and strategy.

With intentional networking, you will first want to decide who it is you want to meet: a specific person, a business in a certain industry or perhaps an influential figure. Next you must determine where these people will likely be. Will they be playing golf, attending a charity event or attending a local chamber event? Once you have determined the possible venues, make sure the time is right. People have a peak time of day when they are at their best. Some people are most energetic in the mornings; others are most captivated in the evenings. As much as possible when networking, make sure you match the event you choose to attend with a time that you are at your best. Then make a plan. What do you want to accomplish? It could be to meet XYZ business or to meet three businesses in a particular industry. Decide what will determine success for this event. Your final preparation should include researching the business(es) you want to meet. Be able to speak their language. Know what is going on in their industry; also know what is going on locally and globally so you can have a meaningful conversation.

Now arrive at your event and find those people you want to meet. Be a value-add to them. Always be ready with something to give. It could be a piece of information, the name of a person they would benefit from meeting or a place to recommend they go. Surprisingly, you should not strive to get business out of a networking event. Strive to make connections. Connections turn into relationships that in turn bloom into business. There is nothing worse than a pushy salesperson shoving a card in your face! Take time to have a conversation, listen and ask questions. If you determine there is no meaningful connection to be made with someone, then politely move on.

A networking event is a place to meet people, not find out their life story. Make a connection and ask for a follow-up meeting to get to know them better. They are at the event for a reason too, and most likely, they will want to meet additional people. Be ready to exchange cards and set up a time to follow up.

Following up is a major key to success when networking. Once you have met someone you want to get to know better, reach out to them within 24 hours of the event. A handwritten note goes a long way. You could also connect on LinkedIn with a brief email. Make sure to do it promptly so you are still fresh in their mind.

All in all, there are many expensive ways to market your business, but who better to market your business than you. Networking is an inexpensive way to spread the word about what you do and what you have to offer. While you are out there, you will make connections and have the potential to form partnerships and friendships that may move your business to the next level. Now is the time to take your business to the next level, now is the time to build your network.

Tags: Arvest Biz, Business Banking
 

Arvest Concert Series Presents American Idol Star Casey Abrams

Wednesday, September 17 at 07:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

American Idol finalist Casey Abrams is going to Mountain Home, Ark., for a free concert and a private meet and greet on Oct. 2.

YELLVILLE, Ark. — As part of the Arvest Concert Series presented by Arvest Bank, 2010 American Idol finalist Casey Abrams will be performing a free concert at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center (The Sheid) at Arkansas State University Mountain Home (ASUMH). The concert will take place on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled that the Arvest Concert Series is able to provide ASU Mountain Home students and the community a chance to see Casey Abrams live,” said Sally Gilbert, Market President of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our goal at Arvest is to support and give back to our community, and we hope that the students and community alike enjoy this great musical experience on us.”

Arvest Bank Mountain Home will host a contest where 20 winners and their guests will attend a private meet and greet on Oct. 2 with Abrams at the new Arvest branch at 1627 Hwy 62 W. on the ASUMH campus.

Contest winners will mingle with the singer/songwriter, take photos and be treated to special VIP seating at the concert. Those who wish to enter the contest can register at any of Arvest Mountain Home’s three branches or by mailing a postcard to Arvest Bank, c/o Casey Abrams Contest, P.O. Box 325, Yellville, AR 72687 from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1.

Arvest associates and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

The 20 winners will be drawn from the KTLO studio at noon on Oct. 1. Winners will then receive direct notification from an Arvest associate.

For more information on Casey Abrams please visit www.xaibeproductions.com* and for more information on the Arvest Concert Series please contact Tiffany Watkins at (870) 449-7164 or visit thesheid.com/performing-arts/arvest-concerts.dot.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Arvest Bank Promotes Edie, Bowles In Fayetteville, Ark.

Wednesday, September 17 at 06:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're happy to have two new Assistant Vice Presidents serving Arvest customers in Fayetteville, Ark.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arvest Bank in Fayetteville is pleased to announce that Jimmie Edie and Keith Bowles have been named Assistant Vice Presidents. Both work as branch managers in their respective locations.

Edie is Branch Manager at the Arvest Bank inside the Walmart Supercenter on North Mall Avenue. He has been with Arvest Bank for the past 10 years in several positions, including financial services representative, assistant branch manager and branch manager.

“Jimmie is a strong team member at Arvest Bank,” said Justin Luebker, Regional Instore Administrator for Arvest Bank in Fayetteville. “He is always looking for the best way he can give the great customer service for which Arvest Bank is known. ”

Edie is a graduate of Cassville (Mo.) High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., in 2003.

Edie has been active in the community by teaching “Dollars and Sense” to Fayetteville’s Asbell Elementary fifth-graders and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the United Way Stuff the Bus Campaign.

He and his wife, Robin Edie, have two children, Lydia and Ross.

Bowles is Branch Manager of the Arvest Bank on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard in Fayetteville.

Bowles has been with Arvest Bank for five years and has worked in a variety of positions, including teller, financial services representative, assistant branch manager and branch manager.

“Keith is so diligent in providing great customer service up to the Arvest standard,” said Gaye Wilcox, Sales Manager for Arvest Bank in Fayetteville. “He gets to know his customers and uses that knowledge to help them get the most from their banking experience.”

Bowles graduated from Cross County High School in Cross County, Ark., and earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark., in 2011.

Bowles and his wife, Erica Bowles, live in Northwest Arkansas.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Fayetteville, Press Release
 

ECKAN – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Wednesday, September 17 at 05:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

In 1966, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) was formed to address the causes and conditions of poverty at an individualized community level. The organization stemmed from legislation passed through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty efforts. ECKAN is headquartered in Ottawa, Kan., and employs 100 staff across nine counties in east central Kansas. Last year ECKAN had more than 6,000 volunteer hours donated to the agency.

ECKAN’s* mission is, “To identify and focus available resources that enable eligible families and individuals to attain critical skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.” Its core programs help families overcome poverty and the need for public assistance. ECKAN is unique in its ability to tailor programs specifically to the communities it serves, in addition to offering well-known assistance programs such as Head Start, Weatherization, and the HUD Section 8 program.

ECKAN’s Community Centers also provide emergency food assistance to families living in those nine counties and distributed over 9,000 units of emergency food assistance last year. In Franklin County alone, weekly food distributions serve 90-100 individuals. The agency also provides a Summer Lunch Bunch program in an effort to alleviate food insecurity among children ages 1 – 18 during the summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not an option.

All these programs meet a critical need linked to the food insecurity rates as identified by Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap (2012) in ECKAN’s service counties. Two of these counties have food insecurity rates higher than that of the state as a whole (14.8 percent).

Those interested in volunteering may do so at many of ECKAN’s locations. A variety of opportunities exist, such as working at community centers assisting with food distributions and volunteering in Head Start classrooms. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact ECKAN’s central office at (785) 242-7450 and ask for Jake to learn more about current opportunities.

To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Cash Management, Charitable Giving, Kansas City

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