8 Easy Tips For Purchasing Your First Home

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Walking through the door of a home that could one day be yours is an irreplaceable feeling. As you stand in the middle of the wood-paneled, orange-carpeted living room soaking it all in you can begin to see your vision for this cozy-cottage unfolding right before your eyes. Purchasing your first home is a thrill,… Read more »

Lower your down payment with a free home grant; apply now

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Applications are now being accepted at Minster Bank for our Welcome Home Grants, which provide up to $5,000 in free money toward a down payment on a home. The available grant funds through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati can be used toward the down payment or closing costs on a new home you… Read more »

In 3 Simple Steps: Get Your Business Emergency Prepared

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All businesses should prepare for the unexpected by setting up an emergency management plan. According to James Bucki, Director of Computing Technologies at Genesee Community College, 75 percent of businesses that experience a significant disaster fail within six months. “Remember, your company is a series of interconnected systems,” he writes in an article for TheBalance.com…. Read more »

President/CEO Retires After 31 Years of Dedicated Service

Mark and Dale

In 1986, Ronald Reagan was President and gas was 93 cents to the gallon. What else was special about that year? CEO and President Mark Henschen began his career at Minster Bank. Henschen announces retirement On January 31, 2017, Mark locked up the bank one last time, signing off as retired after 31 years of… Read more »

4 Reasons to Use Wealth Management Services

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What are wealth planning services? Simply put, wealth planning is the process of balancing and addressing these four objectives: security, a comfortable standard of living, the ability to provide for others and the ability to leave a legacy. It is more than an investment—it’s a multi-step process that clients go through as they make decisions… Read more »

How to Prepare for Tax Season

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It’s not exactly as highly anticipated as the holidays, beach-weather days or spring, but tax season still rolls around each year and often takes taxpayers by surprise. With a little preparation, however, you don’t have to be stressed about tax season. Get tips for getting ready for April 15 here. 5 Tips to Help You… Read more »

Success Story: Supporting Communities Through Brigid’s Path

Jill Kingston with baby at Brigid's Path

When Jill Kingston and her husband became foster parents four years ago, their eyes were opened to a greater need within their community. Jill had the vision to be a part of a higher calling, leading her to found and become the executive director of nonprofit Brigid’s Path.  About Brigid’s Path Brigid’s Path, located in… Read more »

Are You Making These 6 Retirement Planning Mistakes?

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Planning for retirement can be exciting, anxiety-inducing and complicated. Sometimes even planning further than the weekend is impossible, so to plan your entire work-free retirement? That seems like a lot to handle. When you’re planning something this big, it makes sense that you’d stumble, get turned around and make mistakes once in a while. Below… Read more »

9 Expenses You Can Easily Cut from Your Life

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The easiest way to maximize your paycheck is by reducing your monthly costs. Wouldn’t it be nice to boost your savings and reduce your expenses – all while working with the income you already have? Here are nine practical ways to cut down on fees and expenses from your life. 9 Ways to Reduce Expenses… Read more »