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Surviving Spouses of Veterans Could be Eligible for 100% VA Loan

March 26, 2024
Loans

There are many ways you can benefit by learning more about VA loans, and we are here to help you. VA loans, mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veteran Affairs, not only help service members and veterans – they also help surviving spouses become homeowners. Find out more on our blog.

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Southwest Missouri Bank Announces Corley Grant Availability

March 19, 2024
SMB Trust Services
 

Southwest Missouri Bank, trustee of the W.R. Corley Memorial Trust, has announced the fifth year of availability of grants to qualified non-profit organizations. Eligible entities include those who provide services to the homeless and low-income populations in Jasper and Newton Counties. Find out how to apply on our blog.

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Use your card for a chance to win

March 1, 2024
Debit Cards

Now through June 30, 2024, you could win big prizes just for using your SMB Debit Mastercard® card. From a $250 statement credit to a trip for two, the more purchases you make the bigger your prize could be. Find out how you can win.

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Ways you can avoid scams

February 20, 2024
Security

Scammers often make their victim feel rushed and pressured to get the information they’re phishing for. They can even spoof the caller ID to look like a legitimate company. Be sure to never give anyone your personal information - even if the person on the other end is trying to “help”. Learn how to spot a scammer here.

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Four habits your finances will love

January 3, 2024
Financial Wellness

Resolutions are full of good intentions that we often forget within the first week of the New Year... So, let’s make this the year of new habits! We have four habits that you and your finances will appreciate. Pick one to focus on or jump headfirst into all four – there’s no time better than the present!

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Gift-Giving, but Do It Safely: Your Guide to Scam-Proof Holiday Shopping

December 13, 2023
Security
 
The holidays are a time for joy, cheer, and... scammers? Yep, unfortunately, the giving season also attracts those who want to steal your holiday cheer (and possibly your credit card info). Check out our tips to stay safe this holiday season. 
 
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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Top 10 Fraud Tips

November 13, 2023
Security

While everyone is busy during the holidays, the bad guys are busy too. But they're not shopping for the same things you are. Here are 10 ways you can keep you and your money safe this holiday season.

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Six Money Tips for Holiday Travel

November 10, 2023
Security

Traveling for the holidays? Here are six quick tips for keeping your finances safe.

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How to Avoid Grandparent Scams

June 12, 2023
Security

A "grandparent scam" is a type of impersonation scam that targets older individuals. Fraudsters call claiming to be a family member who is in serious trouble. Learn what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Southwest Missouri Bank Announces 4th Year of Corley Grant Recipients

June 9, 2023

SMB Trust Services

Southwest Missouri Bank, trustee of the W.R. Corley Memorial Trust, has announced the fourth year of grants from the generous Trust set up by the late Bob Corley. His perpetual trust continues his generosity by providing financial support to area non-profit organizations, particularly those which assist the homeless and disadvantaged populations.

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Six Money Tips for Traveling

June 1, 2023
Debit Cards

Hitting the road? Do these things before you leave - and while you’re gone - to ensure you have a financially stress-free trip!

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Be prepared before selling your home

March 3, 2023
Home Loans

You’ve been saving up to buy a new home and you’ve finally found one you love. Make sure you are prepared for the costs that go along with selling your home and moving to another.





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7 ways to freshen up your finances

February 13, 2023
Financial Wellness

Most of us have areas of our life that need a good purge – junk drawer, that closet in the spare room, and even the finances. Here are some quick ways to freshen up your finances and say goodbye to the clutter.

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Tips for Avoiding Online Dating Scams

February 5, 2023
Security

While online dating can open doors to loving, happy relationships, there are more and more reports of criminals using these platforms to take advantage of unsuspecting users. Learn how to protect yourself or a loved one.

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Want your tax refund fast? Choose direct deposit.

January 31, 2023
Banking

Tax time is here and many are looking forward to a tax refund. Find out why direct deposit is the fastest, most secure way to get your refund.













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Can you spot a phishing scam?

October 19, 2022
Security

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. The Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost is staggering. Make sure you don’t fall victim - learn how to spot these scams on our blog.





















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Lost your debit card? Don't panic - take these steps.

August 3, 2021
Debit Cards

It’s a terrible feeling when you can’t find your debit card. Here are some steps to take if your card is ever lost or stolen.

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Buying your first home? Check out these three tips!

July 29, 2021
Loans

Buying your first home can be an exciting and thrilling adventure. Check out these quick tips before you buy!





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Tips for Getting Financing from a Bank

May 6, 2021
Business Banking

You’ve turned your great business idea into a business plan and have maybe even started selling your product or service. Now your business is taking off and you need more capital to reach that next goal. When looking for financing, why not start with your own bank? They already know you, so here are some tips when talking to your bank.

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4 Tips for Starting Your Business

May 4, 2021
Business Banking

We’ve all read the stories of the great entrepreneurs, who started their businesses in their garages and then ended up multi-billionaires. And every business magazine is filled with “How to start your own business” tips. It can be overwhelming, so we’ve combed through and compiled these quick tips.

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4 Tips for Your Growing Business

May 3, 2021
Business Banking

Being a small business owner has its rewards and its challenges. One challenge can be that it isn’t clear how to approach natural growing pains in your business. Here are four tips to tackling what's thrown at you on a day-to-day basis.

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Five ways to teach your kiddos to save

April 22, 2021
Financial Wellness

Children who learn about money and saving at an early age grow up to be good budgeters and money managers. Check out five easy ways to begin!









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Don't become a Mule

March 9, 2021
Security

Money mules help criminals steal money from senior citizens, businesses, and our very own SMB customers. Think twice before you agree to help someone move money.





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A Gift for YOU...SMB Rewards!

November 12, 2020
Debit Cards

It's that time of year when SMB Rewards come in VERY handy. Find out how you can earn rewards points on your SMB debit card purchases.













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Are your passwords at risk?

April 15, 2020
Security

Keeping your passwords safe and secure is very important – it keeps your information from being at risk. Here are a few tips to follow.

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How to spot a telephone scammer

March 5, 2020
Security

Spot a scammer even when you can't see them face-to-face.

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Holiday Shopping Tips

November 1, 2019
Financial Wellness

The holiday shopping season is upon us, whether we are ready or not! It happens at the same time every. single. year. Why do we act surprised when it’s November and Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner? Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the merriest time of the year.

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Are you protecting your money?

September 26, 2019
Security

You may buy and sell things online. You may mail checks from your mailbox. If you do, here are some things to be on the lookout for.

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It's tax refund time!

February 15, 2019
Security

The good news… you could have a tax refund on the way. The bad news… there are cyber criminals out there who want to steal your money and/or your identity. We want to help you keep your money and identity safe and secure. Here’s some steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.

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How anonymous are you?

January 28, 2019
Security

It's important to keep our private information safe and there are additional measures we can take to protect our information online. Learn how you can reduce the amount of information revealed about you online.

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The #1 reason you need a banker

January 17, 2019
Banking

Do you have a banker you can talk to? You should - and here's why.

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How to know if you've been hacked

November 30, 2018
Security

Today is Computer Security Day! Find out how to strengthen your awareness when it comes to computer security.

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Protecting your privacy online

June 20, 2018
Security

Are you protecting your privacy online? Here's some good information from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team to ensure you're not unintentionally making yourself vulnerable online.