The Story Behind Minster Bank’s Community Shred Event Series

Throwback to 2016 Community Shred event organized by Minster Bank.

Every year, Minster Bank hosts a series of events called “Community Shred” events at multiple locations. At these events, all community members are encouraged to bring various paper documents containing sensitive information to be safely disposed of ― via a Shred-it truck outfitted with a portable shredding machine. The Community Shred events have been a… Read more »

How to Organize and Store Your Online Passwords

Middle-aged man in blue denim shirt enters secure password in a browser site while using his laptop computer.

This blog was originally published in 2019, and it was updated in 2022. According to a survey by Digital Guardian, 70 percent of people reported they have more than 10 password-protected accounts on the web. And 30 percent of people reported they have “too many passwords to count.” Does that sound like you? It can… Read more »

Financial Basics: How to Write a Check

Woman writes a bank check to pay household bills.

When it comes to financial literacy basics, knowing how to write a check is a must. Although paper checks aren’t used as frequently as they once were, they still have their place. Some common scenarios that might require you to write checks for payment include: • Rent • Utilities (electricity, natural gas, water, etc.) •… Read more »

Meet the Class of 2022: Minster Bank Scholarship Recipients

Four recipients of the 2022 Minster Bank college scholarship.

For Minster Bank, giving back to the communities we serve is a true privilege. One of our favorite ways to do this is through our annual scholarship program. In 2022, we awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to 15 local graduating high school seniors in the communities we serve. To be eligible for the… Read more »

Financial Benefits and Drawbacks of Homeschooling

Woman and daughter home school after reading Minster Bank blog on homeschooling pros and cons.

Homeschooling is an increasingly popular choice for parents who want to customize their children’s education outside the traditional system. In addition, some parents also prefer the health and safety advantages of homeschooling their children. However, homeschooling also requires careful budgeting and planning. Consider the following financial pros and cons as you weigh your decision. ✅… Read more »

How to Manage Cash Flow for Your Small Business

Female small business owner researches ways to manage cash flow.

For your small business to be as successful as possible, you need to have a firm grasp on cash flow. Understanding your cash flow and how to manage it is essential for both long-term stability and confronting issues in the short term. Read on to learn more about cash management and how you can improve… Read more »

Five Signs of Financial Trouble for Your Small Business

Small business owners look over financial paperwork for signs of trouble.

Financial troubles for your small business typically don’t happen overnight. By paying attention to the following warning signs, you’ll be better prepared to protect your business from serious financial ruin down the road. Problem #1: You Have an Unbalanced Cash Flow When the money you’re spending to cover operating costs starts to exceed the amount… Read more »