Small Business Banking Series in Greater Kansas City How To: Create a Harassment Free Workplace

Thursday, March 22 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Are you a small business in the Greater Kansas City area? Central Exchange will host the first class of their Small Business Banking series next month! Arvest Bank is proud to support this empowering series with small business leaders throughout our community.

The headlines continue. High profile Hollywood executives and political figures are accused of sexual misconduct. These cases result in career damaging publicity and costly settlements. Your organization likely won’t receive the attention experienced by such high-profile cases. But, are you sure there isn’t a harassment or sexual harassment situation occurring in your office?

Our featured speaker, Karen Hughley, Founder of KR-HR, will teach five steps employers can take to create a harassment free workplace. Participants will engage in discussion, practical application exercises and leave with practical approaches to implement back in the workplace.

Karen Hughley is a Human Resources leader with more than 20 years of experience in multiple industries and geographic locations. Founded by Karen, KR-HR is a PeopleFocused advising firm. The firm specializes is making HR manageable and giving business owners the confidence it’s done correctly.

Based in Overland Park, KS, KR-HR serves business owners across the community who understand how valuable people are. They help owners focus on employee engagement and retention because they know firsthand the positive impact employee satisfaction has on the bottom line.

Join Central Exchange, Arvest Bank and Karen Hughley for this informative session on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. at Central Exchange South (6201 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS). This class is open to the public and registration includes lunch.

Space is limited. Registration is required.


Hosted by Central Exchange. Sponsored by Arvest Bank.

Tags: Kansas, Kansas City

Arvest Bank Offers Photos With Easter Bunny

Friday, March 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank will offer photos with the Easter Bunny at the Arvest Bank branch in Yellville, Ark. located at 105 N. Panther Ave., on Friday, March 30 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Interested families should bring their own camera to take photos of their child with the Easter Bunny who will happily greet children as they arrive for photos. 

The photo session is free; however, Arvest Bank encourages a donation of five non-perishable food items or a $5 donation at the time of the photo session in support of the bank’s annual 1 Million Meals program that aims to reduce food insecurity in local communities the bank serves.

The 1 Million Meals program is a two-month campaign that challenges Arvest associates, customers and the general public to donate non-perishable food items or monetary contributions at any Arvest Bank location across the bank’s four-state footprint of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. The goal of the initiative is to collect the equivalent of one million meals that will be donated to local food pantries and other hunger relief organizations or programs. All donations remain local. 

For questions regarding photos with the Easter Bunny, parents may call (870) 449-7100.

Additional information on how to contribute to Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign may be found at


Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Easter Bunny, yellville

Arvest and File Thirteen Partnering to Offer Free Shredding to Benefit 1 Million Meals

Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Looking to do some spring cleaning? Arvest Bank is pleased to announce it can help you get rid of any documents you have laying around with its Food Drive & Free Shred Day! 

On Friday, April 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Arvest is partnering with File Thirteen at the branch at 4330 NW Cache Road in Lawton. The service will be provided at no charge, but Arvest asks that you please consider making a monetary or non-perishable food donation in support of its 1 Million Meals campaign.

The limit is 10 boxes per customer, and the customer must be present until the shredding is done. While you wait, please enjoy a hot dog from Arvest’s master grillers and the RV show provided by RV Connection.

Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma

Small Business Tips for 2018

Monday, March 12 at 02:00 PM
Category: Business Banking

Is your business aware of the latest trends in technology or security? Whether you have just created your first business plan or you are a seasoned small business owner, the ability to recognize trends in your industry is important.

When you spend time learning and evaluating what’s to come in the next few months or year ahead, you are better equipped to make decisions about whether or not following the trends will give you the competitive edge you desire.

We’ve compiled a short list of suggested tips for business owners to consider in 2018 and beyond, based on common trends.

  • Embrace technology. Technology is constantly evolving. Your customers and employees will likely take notice if you invest in ways to improve your overall online and mobile presence and functionality. For example, if you offer goods or services, make sure your online platform is set up to accept payments or book services with ease. Consider accepting digital wallet and peer-to-peer payment methods, as they are increasingly popular. Take advantage of automated processes and spend time thinking about your digital strategy as a whole before making big decisions regarding costly technology improvements. Inquire whether the technology you are considering is fleeting or here to stay before you take the leap. 
  • Discover efficiencies. Getting the job done in the most efficient and effective way possible is always on trend. There are several ways that you can streamline your staff expenses and business costs to produce results. For example, consider a corporate credit card program that comes with real-time advanced management and tracking tools. Further, if your company requires employees to travel, many credit cards offer auto rental insurance, automatic travel accident insurance and many other complimentary services. The use of rewards points may also be useful in streamlining business costs as they can be acquired by each individual cardholder. Arvest Flex Rewards™ program is complimentary and allows cardholders to earn points with every eligible purchase. These points can be redeemed for travel, cash back and more. New corporate card customers are eligible to receive 10,000 bonus points until April 30, 2018.
  • Take security seriously. Informational hacks are widespread these days and can be extremely costly for businesses. You owe it to your business to keep your customers’ information and other data safe. Small businesses are not immune to data breaches—a Champlain College study reports* that 55 percent of small businesses reported at least one data breach in 2016. Perhaps even more startling is that the study found 60 percent of small businesses failed within six months of a cyberattack. Explore your options and know how to best protect yourself and your business.
  • Make it personal. Reports indicate* that America’s “Generation Z” or those born after 1998, are now “rising in influence” and understanding them as employees and consumers will become increasingly important for businesses. Some experts note* that this generation expects and responds to personal marketing and experiences. So, it may be time to assess whether your business is ready to provide personalized customer service and interaction whenever and wherever possible.

As you prepare for the future, keep in mind that looking back at your past business performance can also prove to be an enlightening exercise and can help you avoid future mistakes. Warren Buffett once said: “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Business Banking

Arvest Bank Announces Oxendine Hiring

Friday, March 09 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Terra Oxendine.

Oxendine, who has worked in the banking industry since 2006 and as a commercial lender for the last two years, will serve in that same capacity at Arvest. More specifically, she will conduct financial needs assessments and recommend the most appropriate products and services that fulfill customers’ immediate and future financial needs.

Oxendine earned an associate degree from Crowder College. Among other civic endeavors, she has been an award-winning volunteer for United Way and is an advocate for the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri.

A member of Christ’s Community United Methodist Church, Oxendine lives in Joplin with her husband, Grant, and their two children.

Tags: Associates, Joplin

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