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Featured Small Business: Fairbank Floor Covering Inc.

Posted on June 15th, 2016 in Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Small Business

Directly off of Main St. you’ll find Jerry & Lynn Plaster surveying new floor samples, and consulting with contractors on the various new materials. Owners of Fairbank Floor Covering Inc, both Jerry & Lynn enjoy helping their customers find the ideal flooring solution for their home or business.

Fairbank is becoming a catalyst for growing small businesses. As Lynn said, “Support your local businesses because they support the community!”

What an wonderful community Fairbank is! Filled with exciting festivities such as Fairbank Fundays, there are always community events to be a part of.

“People always come together to support one another in happiness and tragedy,” commented Lynn. For every local cause Fairbank is team, joining together to help make the community stronger each and every year.

The Plasters work with home owners and contractors throughout the local area to help match homes with their perfect products. With goods ranging from flooring, window treatments, installations and more, Fairbank Floor Covering Inc. has everything you’re looking for in your next home renovation.

Northeast Security Bank loves working with small business owners just like Jerry& Lynn! With custom commercial financing, credit and debit cards, convenient online services, and business checking we have everything you need to turn your next business idea into reality.

“They are the friendliest group – always willing to lend a friendly ear & give support,” Lynn shared.

Northeast Security Bank is proud to feature local small businesses in our monthly blog. If you or a business you know would like to be featured please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.

Fredericksburg’s 92nd Dairy Days & the Dos and Don’ts of Parades

Posted on June 1st, 2016 in Communities, General by vgmforbin |

Parade

Dairy Days will be here soon! With everything from baseball tournaments, cattle shows, fireworks, and more, Fredericksburg’s 92nd celebration is sure to be the highlight of your summer! Try these tips from Northeast Security Bank to make the most out of your Dairy Days parade experience this June! Whether you’re tossing candy to the crowd, or admiring the endless entries from the curb, this will be an event you won’t want to forget.

 

WATCHING THE PARADE

Park wisely. The parking challenge is inevitable, but you can help make it a little easier for others. DON’T: take up two parking spaces, park in driveways without receiving permission, park within 10 feet of curb corners, or park in front of water hydrants to be a good neighbor and avoid tickets!

Come prepared. You know to bring sunscreen and a blanket, but you can amp up your spectator arsenal further with these key items! DO: be sure to add small games for the kids (bubbles, cards, etc.), a route mapped to the nearest bathroom, a portable battery to charge your phone as you snap photos, ear plugs for sensitive ears, and wet wipes for sticky faces afterwards.

Bring the right food. Whether spectating or cheering, the ultimate parade day requires a lot of walking. To help keep your energy up pack a small bag with foods that keep well at any temperature, like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, and granola bars. DON’T: bring coffee and sodas that can dehydrate you. DO: opt for water, fruit juice, or sports drinks in resealable containers to hydrate well and avoid spills.

 

WALKING IN THE PARADE

Fuel up ahead of time. Members of marching bands, dance crews, and other street performers need stamina to last long routes. DO: start drinking water the night before to keep hydrated, and drink a few extra glasses alongside a solid breakfast with plenty of carbs for energy.

Overshoot your throw. If you’re tossing out candy, your aim is crucial to prevent little ones from dodging into the street to pick up pieces that didn’t quite make it to the curb. DO: shoot to throw over the heads of participants rather than right at their feet. By the end of the parade, your arms will be so tired that the treats will end up curbside anyway.

Be careful with what you’re tossing. DO: go for chewy or hard candies that will withstand summer sun better than melty chocolate. DON’T: use candy containing nuts in consideration of parade goers with food allergies. Other soft giveaways like koozies and stress balls won’t hurt if they land on distracted attendees, but rethink items that might cause a little more damage, like pens or keychains.

With these tips, and some great summer sun, you’re sure to have a great time at the famous Dairy Days parade! But the parade isn’t the only fun you’ll experience, join in on the excitement during all the Dairy Days events June 7th and 8th.

 

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

1:00-6:00 Merriam’s Midway Attractions Reduced Priced Rides downtown Fredericksburg

11:00-6:00 Baseball Tournament

2:00pm Fredericksburg Fire Department Kids Waterball

4:30-6:30 F’burg Fire Dept. Pedal Tractor Pull at Football Field

6:00pm Car Cruz starting on South Jefferson near Kerry Foods

7:00pm Street Sports for Kids 13 and Under at Football Field

8:30pm Milking Contest at Softball Field

9:00pm Old Timer’s Softball Game

10:00pm Fireworks (Rain date Wednesday, June 8th)

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7:00am Moo Run Walk – 5K/Run Walk (Country School House)

10:30am Parade featuring various attractions on Main Street

11:30am Methodist Church Chicken and Beef Noodle Dinner

12:00pm Buck Hollow Band Performance (Downtown Stage)

12:00pm Registration for Dairy Cattle Show (Fire Station)

12:00-3:00 Craft Vendor Fair Sponsored by Friends of the Library (Fredericksburg Community Center)

12:00-4:00 Free Caricature drawings by Blue Ribbon Caricatures

1:00-5:00 Free Face Painting by Amy Sharar

1:00-5:00 Zimmerman Mobile Zoo

1:00pm Marc Frana Band Performance (Downtown Stage)

1:00pm Dairy Cattle Show at Fire Station(registration at noon)

1:30pm Registration for Bill Riley Talent Show (Downtown Stage)

2:00pm Lion’s Club Cow Pie Bingo (Fire Station)

2:00pm Money in the Hay sponsored by NE Security Bank

2:00pm Bill Riley Talent Show at (Downtown Stage)

4:00pm “Fire Cow” Race sponsored Fredericksburg Fire Dept. (Mattke Park)

5:00-5:30 Expressions Dancer’s Performance (Downtown Stage)

5:30-6:00 Tae Kwon Do Group – Stacy Bendickson’s Group

6:00-6:30 Annie’s Dancers (Downtown Stage)

7:00pm Parade Featuring Various Attractions on Main Street

8:00pm Coronation Dairy Princess and Dairy Day Winners (Stage)

8:30pm Main Event: Dan Ladd Comedy Hypnosis Show (Stage)

Check stage area or contact a Dairy Day Board Member

 

Times Listed are Subject to Change

Featured Small Business: Fairbank Food Center

Posted on May 25th, 2016 in Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Small Business

Straight off of Main on Fourth Street sits the hub of the town, the Fairbank Food Center. Complete with everything from a sit-down deli, grocery store, and catering company, this culinary landmark makes getting your weekly necessities a delightful experience. Owners Dolan and Kristi Burreson offer all the staples citizens could want including hunting licenses, lottery tickets, and even dry cleaning drop-off!

Their hometown supermarket is open seven days a week from 7:30am to 8:00pm. On the rare holiday that they do choose to close the store, Kristi and Dolan are happy to lend a hand during emergency situations.

“One cold Christmas Day, which is the only day we are closed, our home phone rang where a Fairbank resident desperately needed an item; we met him at the store and saved the day! Small town living is amazing,” said Kristi.

With so many incredible aspects to appreciate, the Burresons say it’s the people that truly make this town such an incredible community to be a part of.

“We enjoy our one-on-one relationships with our customers, and also making their shopping experience pleasant. There is no better feeling than when a customer reminds you just how much you mean to them.”

As the summer begins to approach Fairbank will be filled with festive celebrations, but none more exciting than the famous Fairbank Days!

“The weather is warm, the community comes together for a town celebration and the friendship is amazing. Great memories are made!” commented Kristi. “There’s something unique about Fairbank that makes the town something all its own, but once you become a citizen you understand.”

“Come to Fairbank…live here…make good friends and memories…you won’t want to leave,” says Kristi.

Next time you’re in need of some delicious food, or any of their other countless items, stop by the Fairbank Food Center, and their helpful staff will make sure you’re taken care of!

Northeast Security Bank loves working with small business owners just like Dolan and Kristi! With custom commercial financing, credit and debit cards, convenient online services, and business checking we have everything you need to turn your next business idea into reality.

“My bank is always there for me! Every day. Loan deposits, change orders, cookies – my bank has everything I will ever need or want,” shared Kristi.

Northeast Security Bank is proud to feature local small businesses in our monthly blog. If you or a business you know would like to be featured please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.

 

Featured Small Business: Jerry’s Auto Inc.

Posted on May 18th, 2016 in Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Small Business

 

Continuing to take customer service one step further, Jerry’s Auto Inc., owned and operated by Jerry Wanda and Todd Kaufman, works to always do right by their clients – even when it isn’t easy!

Situated on the edge of Fairbank, this local used vehicle dealership helps Fairbank residents purchase reliable and affordable vehicles. For everything from a child’s first car, a more spacious van, or a dirt road loving pickup, Jerry and Todd work to find the best car for each customer.

Planting their business roots in the town of Fairbank is something both Jerry and Todd continue to appreciate.

“Working local keeps us close to family and friends; the people have given us incredible support over the last 27 years!” said Jerry.

A great work environment isn’t the only thing these two love about being a part of the Fairbank community. Each February the American Legion holds their annual Fish Fry, packing guest to the gills with deliciously crunchy fried fish. This community event not only provides participants with a hardy helping of food, but also raises funds for local initiatives.

While honesty is the best policy for this hometown hot spot, it may be becoming a rarity amongst many out-of-town car buying experiences. Next time you or your family member is looking for a new ride, be sure to stop by Jerry’s Auto Inc., where small town friendly is the norm, and honest car-buying is their standard.

Northeast Security Bank loves working with small business owners just like Jerry and Todd! With custom commercial financing, credit and debit cards, convenient online services, and business checking we have everything you need to turn your next business idea into reality.

“The employees at Northeast Security Bank are friendly and hardworking; when I need help they’re there for us!” shared Jerry.

Northeast Security Bank is proud to feature local small businesses in our monthly blog. If you or a business you know would like to be featured please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.

Between Bread: Meals for Farmers on the Go

Posted on May 11th, 2016 in Agriculture finances, General by vgmforbin |

Family

Your ag equipment often needs some proper TLC to help tackle the long days of work – and so do you! Northeast Security Bank is here to help you fuel up with some hearty and flavorful sandwiches perfect for farmers on that 24/7 schedule.

  1. Triple Decker Turkey Club: With bread so nice you’d layer it thrice, this turkey club is a tower of taste perfect for monster appetites. Turkey, bacon, and a surprise layer of avocado create a mouth-watering flavor you can conquer one-handed.
  2. Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sub: A spicy twist on a classic sub, this delectable hot buffalo concoction mixes the spice of a tangy sauce with cooling blue cheese crumbles, in a sandwich that’ll perk you right back into focus.
  3. Sausage and Peppers: Just as it sounds, this is a no-frills ultra-filling sammy. Created with Italian sausage, sautéed onions, and colorful peppers on a soft hoagie roll, its quick assembly makes this tasty meal perfect for long summer days.
  4. Cheesesteak Sandwiches: Steak, provolone, peppers and onions all packed to the gills. You can’t go wrong with the heartiest, cheesiest sandwich around – not to mention delicious too!
  5. Chicken Tender Cheddar Wrap: If your inner kid cheers at the sight of chicken tenders, this cheesy, crunchy, smoky wrap will bring your favorite finger food back to life!
  6. Classic Gyro Sandwich: This Mediterranean delight will make your tractor time seem like a world away! Compiled of succulent chicken, refreshing yogurt sauce, and colorful veggies, this meal will make you want to ask for seconds.
  7. Baked Italian Sub: Nothing makes your stomach happier than the perfect Italian sub! Enjoy this scrumptious classic, complete with four kinds of meat, fontina cheese, peppers, and the ultimate olive oil and vinegar drizzle. You may need some extra napkins when tackling this family favorite torpedo!
  8. Monte Cristo Breakfast Sandwich: Originally made to utilize holiday left-overs, this tasty meal can be made year round, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Combine French toast, gooey ham and cheese, and some delicious jam for dipping, and you have this devour worthy creation.

Northeast Security Bank proudly supports our local agriculture industry. Next time you and your ag operation are in need of some financial TLC be sure to give our experienced ag lenders a call. We’re determined to help you and your family succeed, in everything from food to finances!

Featured Small Business: Myers Polaris

Posted on April 27th, 2016 in Automotive Tips, Holiday Shopping, Savings, Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Small Business Feature

Whether its mudding season or blizzard season outdoor enthusiasts know the one place in Fairbank to go for all their adventure needs. Owned and operated by Roger Myers, Myers Polaris serves the Fairbank community offering sales, parts, and repairs for a variety of Polaris vehicles.

Roger decided to start his business in Fairbank for a number of reasons. “It’s a very nice small town with amenities only towns much larger have. The people are friendly and always willing to help each other,” he shared.

Over the years Roger has been able to see a steady rise in his business which he directly attributes to the success of Fairbank’s growth. “Being able to grow and expand our business with the support of the city and TIF program,” Roger said was pinnacle to their continued improvement.

“When you look at other small towns Fairbank’s size, they are shrinking and losing business. Fairbank is headed in a different direction with growth in residents, new construction, and business starting in town,” said Roger. Having a thriving local customer base, in addition to city government support through key initiatives, helps keep Roger busy throughout the various seasons.

If you’re an outdoor adventurer, be sure to stop by Myers Polaris at 304 E. Main St. in Fairbank. Roger will help you and your family with all of your Polaris sales and service needs.

Northeast Security Bank loves working with small business owners just like Roger! With custom commercial financing, credit and debit cards, convenient online services, and business checking we have everything you need to turn your next business idea into reality.

Northeast Security Bank is proud to feature local small businesses in our monthly blog. If you or a business you know would like to be featured please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.

Featured Small Business: Bellis Neil Insurance Agency

Posted on April 13th, 2016 in Customer Service, Home Buying, Personal Finances, Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Small Business Feature

As soon as you step into the main street storefront you are greeted with a familiar smile. Serving the immediate Fairbank community Bellis Neil Insurance Agency welcomes customers from all walks of life into their office to chat and discuss their future goals. With offerings for all areas of insurance including home, auto, health, crop, farm, and commercial, owners Chad and Amber Van Daele pride themselves on being a true family run business.

Starting their growing business in Fairbank was an easy decision for the couple. “Having bought our business from two wonderful successful families gave us the assurance we needed to keep offering the same services they did,” said Amber.

Fairbank boasts numerous benefits for small businesses, one of the most influential being their people! “Everyone knows everyone and no matter what, you feel encouragement, support and friendship from whomever your encounter,” Amber shared.

Their life in Fairbank is full of activity. No matter what holiday is on the horizon, the town is always buzzing with festive events, decorated streets, and citizens beaming with excitement.

Working in the insurance industry is something the couple is truly passionate about. Treating others the way they want to be treated is the company motto, and both Chad and Amber work each day to do exceptional work for their valued clients. “Living and working in a small town gives a feeling of success when so many of your customers are part of your daily life!” said Amber.

If you’re looking to reexamine your insurance policies stop by the Bellis Neil Insurance Agency today! Located at 107 E. Main St., their knowledgeable agents will make sure to find you the best policy for best price.

Northeast Security Bank loves working with small business owners just like Chad and Amber! With custom commercial financing, credit and debit cards, convenient online services, and business checking we have everything you need to turn your next business idea into reality.

“Everyone is so friendly and helpful – you have a trustworthy small town feel with all the employees and they always offer excellent customer service,” shared Amber.

Northeast Security Bank is proud to feature local small businesses in our monthly blog. If you or a business you know would like to be featured please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.

The Art of Pranking: April Fools 101

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Communities, Entertaining, General, Holiday by vgmforbin |

Pranking

April Fool’s Day is about more than sharing a laugh or a practical joke. April 1st is the one day each year you are encouraged to let your evil genius shine. This April Fool’s Day become the reigning jokester of your office with these fun-filled pranks courtesy of Northeast Security Bank.

 

Create the Ultimate Fool’s Dinner: Make your meal time extra special with these grilled cheese sandwiches and cupcakes. They might trick you at first glance, but really they’re a well-balanced meal in disguise! See how close your kids get before they realize the difference!

 

Googley Eyes: For a fun, and warm-hearted joke at home place goggly eyes on all your items in the fridge and the pantry. When the kiddos go to grab breakfast, their surprise is ready, and staring right at them!

 

Gatorade Windex: Confuse your officemates with this classic prank. Thoroughly clean an empty bottle of Windex, and once dried, fill with blue Gatorade. Take the bottle around your workplace, drinking some with a spray, and see how many of your co-workers would like a taste!

 

Tape the Mouse: This common office prank is a timeless treasure for good reason! When a co-worker is away from their desk, use a small piece of clear tape to cover the laser on the bottom of their mouse. Once they return, they will try and try to figure out what is wrong, without ever noticing the tape you have placed!

 

Christmas Came Early: While a co-worker is gone from their desk, wrap all of their desk items, including the desk itself, in wrapping paper. Each time they need a different office tool, they will get to unwrap another present!

 

Post-It’s for Days: Recruit a few co-workers and head to the parking lot over lunch. With post-it’s in tow, cover your target’s car in the neon papers from head to toe. It will leave a fun message which doesn’t damage the car or the paint.

 

Water Obstacle Course: If you’re looking for a challenge, then this is the prank for you! Grab a large pack of plastic cups, a large pitcher of water, and begin placing water filled cups across your target’s floor. Be sure to place them with a path to the door, so you can escape once the prank is complete!

 

Carmel Onions: Spin the classic recipe of a caramel apples on its head for this funny prank. Instead of covering succulent apples in the liquid caramel, instead peel several onions and stick popsicle sticks in their centers before covering them in the caramel. Let them set and decorate with additional candies as needed. Be sure to have something sweet on hand when the person you prank takes a bite!

 

No matter which prank you choose be sure to spread the fun this April Fool’s Day!

Featured Small Business: Floral Images & Gifts

Posted on March 31st, 2016 in Bank Services, Communities, Customer Service, Education, Financial Tips, Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Small Business

Situated in the heart of Fairbank, Floral Images & Gifts offers fresh flowers, plants, and decoration items from their downtown storefront. Owner Peggi Suckow creates custom floral arrangements for Fairbank residents just as she has done for the past 25 years. The shop currently specializes in floral arrangements for families and weddings, in addition to the store’s wide array of home decorations.

After living in Cedar Falls for a period of time Peggi, says she’s enjoyed the small town environment Fairbank has to offer, and all of the incredible customers she works with on a daily basis.

“The chance to be one-on-one with customers,” Peggi said is one the greatest things about owning her business in Fairbank. Getting to know the customers, and growing in a close knit community is truly an intangible value tied to Fairbank’s small business owners.  “People connecting with people. Some become extended family,” said Peggi.

Between Fairbank Days, and the Christmas Hop, Fairbank’s seasonal activities truly bring the community together. Peggi describes Fairbank as a, “Safe friendly community to raise children or grow old in.” With approximately 1,113 people within this small town, Fairbank is truly one of a kind.

Next time you’re searching for that perfect floral statement, or some added touches for your home decoration, stop by Floral Images & Gifts at 209 E Main St. in Fairbank, and ask for Peggi.

Northeast Security Bank loves working with small business owners just like Peggi! With custom commercial financing, credit and debit cards, convenient online services, and business checking we have everything you need to turn your next business idea into reality.

“They are near and it is hometown, with people from Fairbank working there. You have the comfort of knowing you are well taken care of. Friendly, cordial, pleasant, helpful and so much more,” shared Peggi.

Northeast Security Bank is proud to feature local small businesses in our monthly blog. If you or a business you know would like to be featured please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.

National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day

Posted on March 29th, 2016 in Bank Services, Communities, Financial Tips, Savings, Small Business Feature by vgmforbin |

Mom and Pop

Celebrate the small business in your community today by paying a visit to your local storefronts! Each year we celebrate Mom & Pop Business Owners Day and show our appreciation to the men and women who make our community great.

Our local small businesses are a part of countless efforts to help boost the community of Fairbank! From adding funds to local schools, sponsoring community events, and offering new jobs to local citizens, having a thriving local economy makes a world of difference! Here are some easy way you can continue to support your local businesses throughout the year.

  1. Dine-out at your favorite locally owned and operated restaurant.
  2. Spend your dollars on Main Street and other local commerce areas.
  3. Share referrals for great customer service.
  4. Talk with friends and family, and encourage them to shop at small businesses.
  5. Purchase groceries from your community farmers market and local grocer.

Did you know that small businesses continue to produce over 50% of the net new jobs each year? Within the United States there are nearly 28 million small businesses, with approximately 543,000 new businesses starting each month. With new industries starting up in areas such as drone technology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, there is a whole new digital frontier available for potential new innovators and business owners.

At Northeast Security Bank we want to celebrate our local small business owners every month! Starting in April we will be launching our #BuildingFairbank blog campaign showcasing a different local business each month. We’ll help you learn about all the ins and outs of running a small business, and the increasing benefits of planting your company’s roots in Fairbank.

Learn all this and more in our next blog post this Friday, and see which one of your favorite business owners is our first feature! If you or a business you know would like to be featured in one of our upcoming blogs please contact Marcy Bergman at MBergman@northeastsecuritybank.com.