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Author: Carrie WilkinsonVICE PRESIDENT/LENDING (NMLS ID# 445718)

Building trust and relationships is a priority to me while providing outstanding financial advice and solutions to those I serve. Whether you own a business, buying farm equipment, financing a home or purchasing a vehicle, I can help. My commitment to you is that together we will work as a team to find the right solution to meet all your financial needs.

Articles posted by Carrie Wilkinson

Controlling Feed Costs

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Ag

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Although farmer yields last year were higher, giving crop farmers a higher income than expected, farmers are always looking for ways to control costs. This allows farmers to budget for smaller crop yields, and for livestock farmers it allows them to grow their operations. There are so many costs of operating a livestock farm, but feed is the only cost … Read More

Iowa Derecho: A Look One Year Later

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Ag

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Last year is memorable to everyone as the year of the COVID pandemic, but to farmers in the corn belt of the midwest, the derecho was the reason 2020 is so memorable. The derecho, an intense and devastating thunderstorm spanning over 700 miles, hit on August 10th. The most affected area of this storm was Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2021, … Read More

When to Bring a New Partner Into Your Business

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Leadership

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If you are a solo business owner, bringing someone onto your team may sound distressing. You take pride in your business because you are the owner, and bringing someone else on might disturb your system. If you need more hands on deck, simply hiring more employees might do. This may be all you need, but you may want something more. … Read More

Why Having a Good Work and Life Balance is so Important

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Leadership

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The average American works 44 hours per week, or 8.8 hours per day.” With so much of our daily lives spent at our places of employment, it is important to make sure we keep a healthy balance for our own health and the health of those around us. Fewer Health Issues Work can … Read More

How to Lead a Successful Virtual Meeting

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Leadership


2020 has been a year of change for a lot of us. We have all had to change a lot of our daily routines and habits. Our kids are going to school online, and our kitchen tables have become our new office. In such unprecedented times, we still need to keep things as normal as possible. Business meetings are a … Read More

Reasons to Have a Mentor to Guide Your Success as a Leader

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Leadership

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When you first start down your career path, it can easily become overwhelming without proper guidance. Having someone there who has traveled down the same path before you can prove to be valuable in your personal and professional life. Continue reading to learn more reasons having a mentor may be a smart choice for you.  Motivation Having a mentor is … Read More

Why Regular Training is Important to Your Organization

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Leadership, Operations & Processes, Recruitment & Retention

2020 07 13

Children are not the only people who are capable of obtaining new knowledge. It is important to learn new things every day, whether it be for your own personal enrichment, or to help move you forward in your career. This is an idea that you should share with your employees every day. Keep reading to learn more about the importance … Read More

Why Saying ‘No’ Is An Important Aspect Of Business Growth

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Leadership

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When you first start out, telling someone “no” may terrify you. I think Warren Buffett said it best, “Really successful people say no to almost everything.” There are many reasons why sometimes saying “no” is the best move for you and your business. Prioritization A large number of business owners share the common fear of “missing out” on a good … Read More

The Top 5 Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Entrepreneurs & Start Ups, Leadership

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Podcasts are a uniquely 21st-century creation. Podcasts cover a wide variety of topics from business, to self-help; basically any topic you can think of. Besides offering entertainment in our daily lives, there is a lot of great information you can take away from podcasts. In this article, we will list the top podcasts that focus on business. 1. TED Talks … Read More

Will a Subscription Model Work For My Business?

Posted by Carrie WilkinsonPosted on Money & Metrics


If you don’t pay for a business with a subscription model you more than likely have heard of one. There are so many successful businesses using this model for both goods and services: Netflix, Birchbox, Barkbox, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Dollar Shave Club, Stitchfix, etc. It takes a certain kind of business to be successful with subscribers, but what are the … Read More