You’re Invited: Attend Our Holiday Open Houses in December

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Please join us to celebrate the holidays at the following Holiday Open Houses and events. We hope to see you there!

12/4-12/5 Onalaska Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Appetizers and refreshments will be served in our bank lobby. Prize drawings will be held for the following items: 1-$200, 1-$100 and 1-$50 Visa Gift Card and a children’s gift basket.*
12/5 Caledonia Holiday Open House
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/5 Caledonia Winter Wonderland Parade
7 p.m.
Please join us on Main Street in Downtown Caledonia.
12/5 Eau Claire Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please join us for homemade cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/5 Spring Grove Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Pictures with Santa will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
12/9 Hastings Holiday Open House
11 a.m.- 2p.m.
Please join us for a light lunch and refreshments in our bank lobby. Please bring a gift of non-perishable food or cash to support the “10 Days of Giving” food drive.
12/12 La Crescent Holiday Parade
7 p.m.
Please join us in Downtown La Crescent.
12/12 Rushford Holiday Open House
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in the bank lobby.
12/12 Lanesboro Holiday Open House
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in the bank lobby.
12/13 Rushford Holiday Parade of Lights
7 p.m.
Join us for the Parade of Lights in Downtown Rushford.
12/15 and 12/22 Red Wing Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please join us for refreshments in our bank lobby.
December 15 at 4 p.m. – Red Wing High School Ovation Choir
December 22 – Live music throughout the day by Merchants employees John Anderson, Becky Clark and Shelly Schroeder.
12/15-12/19 Winona Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Live music will be performed throughout the day by area schools.
12/15-12/19 Rosemount Holiday Open House
9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby.
12/18-12/19 La Crescent Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Please join us for cookies, coffee and holiday spirit in our bank lobby.
12/19 Cannon Falls Holiday Open House
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Please join us for cookies, refreshments and live music in our bank lobby.

There will be live music in the lobby throughout the day:
9:00 a.m. Cannon Falls High School 9th grade choir
10:00 a.m. Cannon Falls High School Concert and Jazz Choirs
11:00 a.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran School Choir
12:00 p.m. Randolph High School Chamber Choir
1:00 p.m. Cannon Falls High School Flute choir
3:00 p.m. Holiday music featuring Merchants employees John Anderson on guitar, Shelly Schroeder on flute, and Becky Clark on cello.

12/19 Hampton Holiday Open House
8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Please join us for cookies and refreshments in our bank lobby. Piano music will be performed 1:00-4:00 p.m. by Elizabeth Schriever.
12/19 St. Charles holiday Open House
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Please join us for refreshments in our bank lobby.

*Drawing will be held on December 5, 2014. No purchase or customer relationship necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Winner will be notified by telephone. Employees of Merchants Bank and their immediate family are not eligible for the drawing.

Free Seminar: Year-End Tax Update

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Learn how to prepare for your year-end taxes by joining us for this FREE business session featuring speakers from JRM and Associates. Session will be held on Thursday, December 4 from 7:30 -9:30 a.m. at Stoney Creek Inn (3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska, Wisconsin).

Topics Covered:

  • Tax Credits and Other Services from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • New Tax Provisions related to the Affordable Care Act
  • Tax Law Changes and Updates
  • Tax Strategies to Implement Before Year-End

Session includes breakfast.

RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes:
Becky Herrmann
blherrmann@merchantsbank.com or 608-779-8268

Tricia Barnes
tricia@jrmcpa.biz or 608-781-8712

Ann Vanderloo Named a 2014 Super Mortgage Professional by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business

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Ann Vanderloo, Mortgage Loan Officer in Lakeville

Merchants Bank Mortgage Lender Ann Vanderloo has been named a 2014 Super Mortgage Professional by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business.

Vanderloo received the honor after being nominated by a customer or client. More than 20,000 recent home buyers and all Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business subscribers were asked to cast a ballot to identify Twin Cities’ super mortgage professionals. After the nomination, an independent research company, Crescendo Business Services, conducted the evaluation process.

Vanderloo joined Merchants Bank in Lakeville in 2009 and has more than 25 years in community banking as a mortgage professional. She is an expert in residential construction lending.

“I’m grateful for the honor and the ability and resources that Merchants Bank provides to help my customers to find the right solution for their particular needs,” Vanderloo said.

If you’d like to learn more about how Vanderloo can help you, you can contact her by phone at 952-841-4268, by cell at 612-889-4667, by email at amvanderloo@merchantsbank.com, or you can connect with her through the Merchants Bank website.

New Tellers and Customer Service Staff Here to Help

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At Merchants Bank, we are happy to welcome new employees and celebrate new positions filled by current staff. These frontline employees are all looking forward to serving you. Take a moment to congratulate them.

Julia Engeldinger has joined Merchants Bank as a part time Teller in Caledonia.She previously worked at Doc’s Blue Moose in Spring Grove as a Server and at Spring Grove Collision as an Office Manager. Julia enjoys spending time with her three children.

Nicole Fritz has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller at Rochester-Green Meadows. She previously worked at St. Jude Up’til Dawn for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as an Assistant Director and at Mr. Pizza South as a Server. Nicole was born and raised in Rochester. She is a recent graduate of Winona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Christine Mueller has joined Merchants Bank as a Customer Service Representative in Winona. She previously worked at Winona National Bank as a Lead Teller. Chris and her husband have two children. Chris enjoys walking, golfing, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends.

Jordan Schultz has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Winona. Jordan is also works at Walmart as an Accounting Associate. Jordan was born and raised in Lewiston, MN. In high school, Jordan went to the state tournament for golf and is currently a senior at Winona State University. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities and spending time with friends.

Briana Wiegan has joined Merchants Bank as a Teller in Onalaska.Briana also works at Walgreens as a Beauty Advisor. Briana considers herself a history nerd and especially enjoys World War II and ancient civilization. She enjoys the outdoors, horseback riding and has been duck hunting since she was 11 years old. She has been to Mexico, Russia, Honduras, and Belize.

 

Why Every Business Should Offer Gift Cards

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For the past seven years, gift cards have been the number one most wanted holiday wish list item, according to the National Retail Foundation. The popularity of gift cards has steadily increased throughout the last several years and will culminate in an estimated $100 billion dollars loaded on to gift cards in 2014*.
 
Still not sure if gift cards are right for your business? Here are some incredible statistics:
  • 80.6% of U.S. consumer plan to buy gift cards this year*
  • 64% of consumers spend more than the value of their gift card*
  • 59% visited a store more frequently after receiving a gift card*
  • 41% of consumers visited a store they would not have otherwise gone to because they received a gift card*
Offering gift cards is not only what your customers want, but it’s easy with Merchants Bank! Through our partnership with Valutec, you may begin offering personalized gift cards at your business in as little as 10 days. Simply speak to our Credit Card department by calling (507) 457-1160 or (800)-944-6285 to get started.
 
*All statistics from firstdata.com.

Help to Make the “10 Days of Giving” a Success

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From December 1-10, the “10 Days of Giving” food drive and other events will be held at a number of Merchants Bank locations, including Winona, St. Charles, Onalaska, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Caledonia, Spring Grove, Cannon Falls and Red Wing.

The “10 Days of Giving” started in Winona and is now entering its 26th year. To date 2,377,227 pounds of food have been collected through monetary donations and the donations of non-perishable food items to help make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry. Last year, a record of more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected for Winona Volunteer Services, where the need is still great:

  • In 2013, 23,140 individuals were served at the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services, and another 2,461 individuals were served with emergency food.
  • An average of 906 households were served each month.
  • An average of 93 households used the Emergency Food Shelf services each month in 2013. 
  • An average of 37,255 pounds of food was given out through food shelf programs monthly.

Opportunities to Give

Winona – You can drop off money or food at Merchants Bank in Winona, Goodview or Lakeside between December 1-10. You can mail a donation to Merchants Bank, 102 East Third Street, Winona, MN 55987, attn: “10 Days of Giving.” You can make a donation online by going directly to the Winona Volunteer Services website. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name. You can also bring donations to the Holiday Train held at 4 p.m., December 9, Amtrak Station.

St. Charles – St. Charles is holding its “10 Days of Giving” December 1-10 to benefit the Southeastern Minnesota Resource Center. Please bring cash or food donations to Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

Onalaska – Onalaska employees will again be hosting the La Crosse Rotary Lights Event December 2 at Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI. Please bring cash or food donations that night to the event. 

Cottage Grove – Cottage Grove will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” between December 1-10 to benefit the Friends in Need Food Shelf. You can bring cash donations or toiletry items to Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove. You can also bring donations to the Holiday Train held at 5:45 p.m., December 10, south of the Sieben Bridge, in front of the Youth Service Bureau.

Hastings – Hastings will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” between December 1-10 to benefit Hastings Family Service. Bring cash or food donations to Merchants Bank in Hastings. You can also donate at the Holiday Train stop at 8:30 p.m., December 9, at Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 E. Second Street.

Red Wing – Merchants Bank in Red Wing will be hosting a Change Collection, where they will collect the change you donate and then donate that money to benefit local people in need. It’s a great way to empty your pockets and change dishes to help others.

Cannon Falls – Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls will also be hosting a Change Collection during the holiday season at the Bank to benefit local people in need.

Spring Grove – Merchants Bank in Spring Grove will celebrate the “10 Days of Giving” by giving area residents an opportunity to purchase a bag of groceries supplied by Red’s IGA for people in need. Stop in the Bank for more details.

Thank You
We know this is a busy time of year and many organizations have a need. We hope that you will consider the “10 Days of Giving.” Thank you for your consideration.