America Saves Week

Today kicks off the annual America Saves Week, which is a campaign aimed to create awareness for creating savings funds, building emergency funds and assessing savings plans.

In case you need any ideas on how to become a better saver yourself, ICBA offers the following tips to help Americans get started on their personal savings:

  1. Set a goal: People are more successful when they have certain goals in mind, so create and share a savings goal with your family and friends. Start small—even saving your loose change can get you somewhere. Aim to start a path toward building an emergency fund of savings with six to nine months of living expenses.
  2. Make a plan: By creating a spending plan, list your expenses and compare them to your income. The plan will help prioritize what are necessities and wants for the month. Attempt to use your credit cards more efficiently, too. Doing that can help ensure that you will not take on too much debt and can minimize interest charges.
  3. Save automatically: Many employers offer regular payroll deduction, which is one of the best ways to start and keep saving money. Make it a routine to automatically put aside a certain amount of money each paycheck, or ask your community bank to make an automatic transfer from your checking to savings account each month.

What to know before applying for a small business loan

ICBA’s Terry Jorde, senior executive vice president and chief of staff, was recently featured in Black Enterprise discussing what small business owners should know before applying for a small business loan. Terry gives great advice and suggestions such as having a good goal and business plan in mind prior to seeking the loan.

Are YOU a small business owner? What suggestions/advice would you give to other entrepreneurs getting into the game?