If you’re lucky enough to be getting a tax refund this year, careful planning could help you do a lot. Reduce debt Make a credit card payment, more than the usual monthly payment. Pay off part of a student loan. Pay bills Pay part of your property tax bill. Ante up for school supplies and… Read More

If you have a small business and are thinking of accepting credit card purchases or upgrading your equipment, then you are in need of the latest merchant services. Not all merchant service providers are the same. With new EMV chip card technology shifting liability to merchants who are not equipped to accept the new technology,… Read More

The best way to keep insurance premiums low—if your luck and driving skills hold up—is to avoid all accidents and tickets. In setting prices, insurance companies constantly seek statistical patterns for groups of people who file more or fewer claims on their auto policies. Here are some auto insurance discounts that you already may qualify… Read More

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  If you’re a homeowner, your home is 26 times more likely to suffer flood damage than fire damage, according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Despite this fact, most people still go without flood insurance. Industry experts speculate that most homeowners—particularly those not living near a coastal waterway—don’t believe a flood… Read More

The Summer Enrichment Initiative (SEI) in Rock Island received a huge boost thanks to a generous $18,897.00 grant from the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation for Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) materials. LLI is the primary curriculum used by SEI but unavailable to staff and the children they serve at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center… Read More

Ascentra Credit Union was recently honored with six Diamond Awards, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The awards were presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are… Read More

Congratulations to all the Bettendorf first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge this year! Over 275 Bettendorf first graders met the challenge by reading ten books in one month– awesome job first graders! Students along with their families were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Public Library where each student was awarded with a certificate of achievement and given… Read More

Congratulations to all the Pleasant Valley first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge this year! These little readers read 10 whole books in one month and as a reward, were given certificates of achievement, a stuffed teddy bear, and were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Library for their reading efforts! Way to go first graders! Readers even… Read More

by Daniel, 18 College is extremely expensive. I’d like to share with you some ways to make discovering scholarships easy. Smartphone applications Probably the best application I have ever researched is one called Scholly, a powerful application for discovering available scholarships for high school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students. The application was developed by… Read More