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Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2021

Inside This Issue:

Derek Tranel Announced as New Personal Banker

We are happy to announce Derek Tranel as the newest addition to our PCB team. In March Derek started training as the new personal banker and location manager at our Mazomanie office. He is taking over for Candi Huebner, who after many years as a personal banker is excited to step into her new role as compliance officer. Candi will miss seeing and chatting with so many of our customers on a regular basis. We are happy to have her managing our compliance department and know we are in good hands. 

Derek grew up in Dickeyville, WI, attended Cuba City High School, and went on to earn his degree in business management from Edgewood College. He's been in the banking industry, supporting both retail and business customers, for over five years. Derek, his wife Gina, and their dog Wrigley currently make their home in Fitchburg. They will be adding a fourth member to the family as they’re expecting their first child this summer.  

We are thrilled to have Derek join our team! Help us give him a warm welcome.
 


Exciting Things to Come

The spring season in Wisconsin is always an exciting time of the year. The little things like longer days and warmer weather provide optimism after the long winter. Vacations and other fun plans are being made for the summer ahead giving us all something to look forward to.

We too are looking forward to this summer. Our team has been working diligently over the last year to enhance and update our systems and service offerings. We are excited to launch those changes in July. You'll notice a new look and feel to our mobile app and online banking platform. Beyond cosmetic updates, we're improving the functionality of our existing tools like Bill Pay & Popmoney and even adding to our mobile and online banking toolbox. We’re also streamlining our mobile experience so that you can do things like manage your credit and debit cards directly through our mobile app. We are hopeful that these changes will help us deliver on our goal of providing a Simply Good Banking experience.

Keep an eye out for more information about what you can expect with these changes in the coming months.


Cindy Weinberger Retirement

Cindy Weinberger, a staple in our loan processing department, retired from the bank at the end of March. Cindy joined the bank in 1986 as a drive-up teller at our downtown Brodhead Street location in Mazomanie.  After 10 years of customer service, Cindy moved to the loan department where she found her calling and had worked ever since. We thank Cindy for her dedication, commitment and knowledge that she has shared over her distinguished banking career, both in customer service and loan processing.  We will certainly miss Cindy and wish her well in retirement!


Paycheck Protection Program Helping Local Businesses

At the outset of the pandemic we knew that our communities were not going to be immune to the financial challenges and hardships caused by COVID-19. We made it our mission to stand with our customers through the trying times that lay ahead. And while we're not quite through it yet, we're proud of the progress we've made in the last year. 

In round one of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) we were able to help secure funding to support 167 local businesses. In round 2 of the program we’ve been able to further extend that support to 266 businesses. That money is going back into our local economy, helping protect over 2,600 local jobs and giving area businesses a fighting chance. 

It’s been nearly a year of navigating the pandemic, figuring out the details and nuances of the Paycheck Protection Program, and working closely with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that our area businesses are receiving support. We’ve learned so much in that time and will continue to stay on the forefront of PPP and other programs like it. We’re hopeful with some of the positive news regarding vaccines that our economy will soon be able to open back up and that our area businesses can return to some semblance of normalcy. 

For the latest information on the Paycheck Protection Program we encourage business owners to visit our dedicated PPP webpage, which can be found at SimplyGoodBanking.com. 


Exploiting the Coronavirus: Vaccine Invitation Scam

Access to the COVID-19 vaccine is limited, which leaves many people anxiously waiting for a way to further protect themselves from the virus. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this anxiety with vaccine-themed phishing emails. 

These recent phishing attacks try to trick people by mimicking or spoofing an official government entity. The phishing email claims that you have the opportunity to get vaccinated and it includes a link to accept the invitation. If you click on the link, a convincing look-alike page opens. The phony site asks for personal information such as your name, address, and phone number, along with your credit card and banking details. Unfortunately, any information that you provide here goes straight to the cybercriminals and you are not in line for vaccination.

Follow these tips to stay safe from similar scams:

  • We all want the pandemic to be over and this attack tries to exploit those feelings. Don’t let the bad guys toy with your emotions. Think before you click!
  • Don’t trust an email. Visit an official government website or a trusted news source for information on vaccine availability.

Remember, even if the sender appears to be a legitimate organization, the email address could be spoofed.