Friday Focus: Toys for Tots

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for TotsEach year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program works to brighten the lives of less fortunate children throughout the United States with its annual toy drive. From October to December, the organization works with local communities to accept donations of new toys to be distributed at Christmas time. Their mission is simple: to deliver a message of hope to one of the nation’s most valuable resources—its children. This week, Friday Focus talked with Staff Sergeant Brett Wagner, a coordinator from King George County, VA, who shared some information about the organization and one particularly special instance of how Toys for Tots was able to touch a family in need. Continue reading

From the ABA: Protect Your Small Business from Account Fraud

Prevent Corporate Account FraudCorporate account takeover is a type of fraud where thieves gain access to a business’ finances to make unauthorized transactions, including transferring funds from the company, creating and adding new fake employees to payroll, and stealing sensitive customer information that may not be recoverable. The American Banker’s Association recommends following these tips to keep your small business safe. Continue reading

Small Business Saturday is November 30

Small Business Saturday is November 30Shoppers all over will spend time scooting from store to store on Black Friday and scouring the internet on Cyber Monday hunting for the best holiday deals. However, sandwiched between the two deal-buster days is Small Business Saturday. Now entering its fourth year, Small Business Saturday has become a boon for both our local brick and mortar business and our communities alike. Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Charles County Holiday Trail

Charles County Holiday TrailThe holiday season is in the air in Charles County as several historic and contemporary sites come together to form the 2013 Holiday Trail! Working behind the scenes to coordinate the effort is Kate Zabriskie, who came up with the idea last Christmas as a creative way to promote tourism in Charles County. Her vision was quickly embraced by local organizations, with 10 groups agreeing to participate in the trail’s first season. As part of this week’s Friday Focus, Kate spoke with us about the trail and provided details about how and when to go. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Southern Maryland Food Bank

Southern Maryland Food BankFor many of us, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty: our tables overflow with an assortment of holiday dishes, we go back for seconds (and maybe even thirds) before declaring ourselves too full to move. But as the holiday approaches, it’s important to remember that there are people in our community who are not as fortunate. Leading the charge against hunger in the Tri-County area is Brenda DiCarlo, Director of the Southern Maryland Food Bank. We caught up with Brenda for this week’s Friday Focus, where she shared her organization’s story.

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Your life is mobile—and now your bank is, too!

After many months of hard work and development, the app is out of the bag: we’re mobile!

Community Bank of the Chesapeake is proud to announce the launch of our new Mobile Banking app —designed to help you have access to your finances at your fingertips, 24-7. Available for both the iPhone and Android, the app makes it possible for you to bank wherever and whenever is convenient.

When you download the free app from your app store, here are some of the features you’ll be able to take advantage of:

 

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Mobile Banking App

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Bootstrapping Your Business

Bootstrapping business ownerHave you always wanted to start your own business? Or maybe you’re a small business owner trying to reign in operational costs? Whether your organization’s embryonic or well-established, examining your company’s expenses through a fresh lens could help boost your bottom line or allow you to better allocate funds for greater efficiency. To get you on the resourceful-spending path, we’re offering a few bootstrapping basics along with additional money-saving ideas.

 

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Friday Focus: Fairy Godmother Project

Fairy Godmother ProjectAs a fairly recent addition to Southern Maryland’s non-profit scene, the Fairy Godmother Project provides assistance to families of children battling pediatric cancer. This week’s Friday Focus caught up with Vicki Hoffman, the project’s chapter coordinator, who spoke to us about the organization’s work and one particularly special experience with a family it was able to help.

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Community Corps – Helping the community one organization at a time

Community Corps VolunteerAt Community Bank of the Chesapeake, community is more than just our first name! Decked out in their red and white t-shirts, our Community Corps volunteers are dedicated to doing their part to give back, one organization at a time. In giving of their time and resources, the exemplify one of Community Bank’s core values; community-focused.

Among our persevering Community Corps members are employees, customers, family, friends and neighbors. They work hard to enhance the quality of local communities by partnering with organizations to help make a difference.

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