it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to grow a business.
The small business world is not for the faint of heart – the recipe for success
typically requires a team of support that extends far beyond the entrepreneur
and includes investors, partners, customers, and, of course, financial
disasters can strike at any time, in any place. Whether
it's an earthquake on the West Coast, tornado in the Midwest, or a hurricane in
our own backyard, when nature goes on a rampage, the results can be
Southwest Louisiana, we’ve had first-hand experience with this reality and have
learned the importance of being prepared. Every year when hurricane season begins, a
great deal of public attention is directed toward disaster preparedness
—keeping extra food, water and emergency supplies on hand; securing your
property, and having an evacuation plan in place. But have you also taken steps
to survive financially in the event the unexpected occurs?
they receive their diplomas this month, thousands of area high school graduates
are already gearing up for college life in the fall. With this next step in the
transition to adulthood, comes a real set of real-world responsibilities, and
chief among these are finances. If you’re college-bound, you’ve probably already
gone through – or soon will -- orientation designed to introduce you to time
management skills, dorm life, course requirement, campus layout and more. But in most cases, one of life’s most
important lessons – how to manage your money – is left untouched.
logistics of keeping a healthy bank account seem easy enough. It makes logical
sense that you should spend less than what you have to keep your account from
going in the red. Yet every day an otherwise financially comfortable
account-holder will find that the negatives have snuck into their bank accounts
and even they’ll scratch their heads, wondering what happened.
Tax season is here, and if you are one of the lucky ones, you may get a tax refund this year. Whether you’ve already received it or are eagerly awaiting it, it’s tempting to view this refund as "free money,” but keep in mind, this is really just your money that the government is returning, so you should not necessarily treat it as a windfall, according to Christa Comeaux, assistant vice president with Lakeside Bank.