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6 Benefits of Supporting Small Businesses

Posted On: November 23, 2021 by Home State Bank in: Community, General

We hear all the time that it’s important to support small businesses, but do you know how much of an impact this actually makes on your community?

Let’s take a look at all the benefits of shopping small and local this holiday season.

Benefit #1: Local Growth

When you shop small, that money goes back into your community. So in essence, you are helping grow and keep a more sustainable local economy. Successful small businesses not only help local...

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Tags: holidays, shop small, small business, spending

Free Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Free

Free Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Free

Posted On: November 3, 2021 by Home State Bank in: General, Personal Banking

The Internet is always with us. We’ve become so used to jumping online at any given moment — whether it’s to look up directions, check work email, or post a photo — that we don’t even think about it. But in virtual life, as in real life, the moment you let your guard down, you become vulnerable to bad actors who are just waiting to take advantage.

Free Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop, library, hotel, or airport is great for keeping you plugged in when you’re...

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Tags: debit card, Fraud Protection, online banking, personal finance, security, wifi

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How to Spot Fraud

Posted On: February 18, 2021 by Home State Bank in: General

I’m from the “Government” and I’m Here to Help You

Except it’s not a government employee calling you, it’s a scammer.

The Federal Trade Commission’s 2020 statistics show that people reported losing more than $174 million in government-imposter scams. The median reported loss was $1,250.

With March announcements from the Internal Revenue Service that the individual federal income tax filing due date for the 2020 tax year has...

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