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2020 First United – United Way Golf Tournament

2020 First United – United Way Golf Tournament

The 2020 First United golf tournament to benefit the United Way was held in a unique environment, due to COVID 19 restrictions. However, our teams had a great day and beautiful weather to enjoy the course. We will update this post later with results of the amount...

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First United Wins Garrett County Republican’s “Garrett’s Greatest” Readers’ Choice Award

First United Wins Garrett County Republican’s “Garrett’s Greatest” Readers’ Choice Award

​2020 marks the inaugural presentation of the Garrett County Republican’s ‘Garrett’s Greatest’ Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards are the results of this year’s survey that were published in the Garrett County Republican and the republican website and Facebook page during the months of July & August. Nearly 34,000 votes were counted and all winners will be announced in a special supplement today (9/24/20), in the Garrett County Republican.

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Main Street Loan Programs with Tony Roedersheimer

Main Street Loan Programs with Tony Roedersheimer

​In today’s episode, we are joined by Tony Roedersheimer, Commercial Relationship Manager in the Frederick Maryland market area, to discuss the Main Street Loan Program which was initiated due to the CARES Act. Tony provides us with details about the program, the benefits of it, the timelines around the program, and information on who could benefit from it. Join us for this first of a 3-part series with Tony where we’ll be discussing several topics related to business.

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Online Dating Scams

Online Dating Scams

Online dating scams are becoming more and more prevalent and can play with your emotions to target your wallet. Review the helpful infographic below from the ABA to see best practices to avoid this type of scam.

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HR & Motivation Beyond Money

HR & Motivation Beyond Money

Today we talk once again with Amanda McKenzie (amckenzie@mybank.com) and Chuck Olsson (colsson@mybank.com) from the First United Human Resources department to discuss human resources and how business owners can motivate their staff beyond money. How can you find what best motivates your staff? What are some creative options? We discuss several options in this episode!

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HR & Cultural Fit

HR & Cultural Fit

Today we talk with Amanda McKenzie (amckenzie@mybank.com) and Chuck Olsson (colsson@mybank.com) from the First United Human Resources department to discuss human resources and cultural fit. How important is it to ensure that you have and hire people in your business who fit your culture? We discuss how to find the right people, steps to take and how to maintain that culture once you’ve hired associates.

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An Uncommon Story – Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

An Uncommon Story – Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

Michael Walton shares the uncommon story of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (https://www.ewvcf.org). We begin Season 2 of our series with this great, local nonprofit organization that helps to support the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. First United continues to celebrate the uncommon stories from our communities! Our collective stories bind us, strengthen, and empower us. It’s why, at First United, we’re so committed to helping your story take shape and seeing it play out.

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Making an Impact & Being Influential with Alan Mullendore

Making an Impact & Being Influential with Alan Mullendore

Today we talk about “making an impact” with Alan Mullendore (amullendore@mybank.com), Market President at First United serving Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland. We discuss the butterfly effect of how small actions can have a major impact on not only your life, but the lives of those around you, well into the future and finding that passion and purpose in your life will lead you to a place where you can make that impact in your community.

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Cyber Securing Your Home

Cyber Securing Your Home

The SANS Institute has released a really helpful Home Cyber Security poster with tips on ensuring your home and home network are as secure as possible.

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What Matters Most – Financing Your Education with Jason VanSickle & Laura Helmich

What Matters Most – Financing Your Education with Jason VanSickle & Laura Helmich

What Matters Most today is Financing Your Education. We’re joined today by Jason VanSickle, Vice President & Director of Automated Lending and Laura Helmich, Student Loan Specialist at First United Bank & Trust. We discuss the big decisions and the financial process involved in receiving, applying for or refinancing your student aid: scholarships, federal aid and private student loans for gap coverage.

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Congratulations to Chuck Eichelberger!

Congratulations to Chuck Eichelberger!

Chuck Eichelberger is a Community Relationship Manager at First United’s Edgewood Office. He was recently recognized for outstanding contributions to the United Way of Washington County by receiving the Jesse L. Kagle Jr. Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. This...

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Current Market Refinance Trends in Real Estate

Current Market Refinance Trends in Real Estate

Today’s mortgage rates, thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, reached an all-time low average of 3.15% for 30-year fixed-rates and 2.62% for 15-year fixed-rates in May. Between generous government stimulus checks and a rush to save more money as the coronavirus continues to linger, today’s economic environment may present a prime opportunity for homeowners interested in refinancing to secure favorable terms.

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CISA Cyber Essentials Toolkit

CISA Cyber Essentials Toolkit

The Cysbersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) launched a toolkit! The toolkit contains modules which break down Cyber Essentials into bite-sized actions. Each module is will aid IT and C-suite leadership work toward full implementation of each Cyber...

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What Matters Most – Teaching Children to Save

What Matters Most – Teaching Children to Save

In this episode, we talk about teaching children to save with Tara Baldwin and Ryan Dotson, Relationship Advisors at First United offices in Morgantown, West Virginia. Tara and Ryan spearheaded a virtual outreach effort using remote teaching tools: videos and printable items, to help teachers and parents with financial education tools during the pandemic.

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What Matters Most – PPP Loan Forgiveness with Brian Boal

What Matters Most – PPP Loan Forgiveness with Brian Boal

In this week’s episode, we discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness with Brian Boal, CPA, principal and founder of Boal & Associates, PC, located in Oakland, Maryland. In our discussion, we discuss the questions currently surrounding the PPP program, and specifically what portion of the loan is forgivable and the best practices to ensure your business will be able to maximize that forgiveness.

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Helping You Fight Fraud

Helping You Fight Fraud

Digital fraudsters have developed COVID-related scams to take advantage of consumers during this very challenging time. Be cautious and follow these tips to keep yourself and your finances safe and secure.

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What Matters Most Podcast – Fraud & Identity Theft Prevention

What Matters Most Podcast – Fraud & Identity Theft Prevention

Please note that this episode was recorded in the weeks prior to the pandemic. However, new fraud attempts are on the rise related to this crisis, we encourage individuals and businesses to remain vigilant and contact your financial institution if you are uncertain of a request for your information or for money. In this episode, we discuss fraud and identity theft on a broad scale with Eric Goff and Jennifer Kreighbaum from the First United Compliance and Fraud Department.

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Financial Literacy: Compound Interest

Financial Literacy: Compound Interest

Understanding interest is crucial when investing your money. Given the option to earn simple or compound interest, you should always choose the latter. To understand compound interest, you first need to have a good understanding of simple interest. Here at First United Bank & Trust, we strive to make wealth management as easy as possible, so we’ve put together a helpful guide that clearly outlines how compound interest works.

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