2017 Guide to Professional Services Providers

When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. We’ve found some of the region’s top providers, who pride themselves on building trust.

Life Insurance and Your Financial Plan

Nobody likes to think about death, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Michael Hibbard, of Alpine Bank in Rockford, explains how life insurance can help your family.






Beware of Following the Herd in Finance

Avoid this common pitfall when making your next investment decision. Steve Schou of Klass Financial explains the problem with herd behavior and how to avoid it.






Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

Palmer Klaas, of Palmer Klaas Financial Group LLC, explains how recent changes to laws may impact the best strategies for getting the most out of Social Security benefits.






Improve Performance by Providing Feedback

Employees value feedback at work, but not everyone receives it regularly. Eagle Hill Consulting offers five small steps to improve critical feedback between supervisors and employees.






Parents & Kids, It’s Time for ‘The Adult Talk’

Nobody wants to talk about what happens to your finances when you’re no longer able to maintain them. Regal Investment’s H. Ken Heise explains how to start the difficult conversation.






What You Should Know About Retirement in 2015 & Beyond

Are you carefully preparing your retirement investments so that they’re aligned with your needs and goals? Curt Vorachek, of Sikich LLP, suggests a few ideas for successfully planning your retirement.






Do Women and Men Invest Differently?

The two genders behave differently in many ways, including their investment strategies. Mike Donnelly, of Edward Jones Investments, explains how men and women invest, and how you can use that knowledge to make smart decisions.






A Guideline for Business Loan Preparation

Before beginning your new business or growing your current one, be sure you’re prepared for everything that comes with your business loan. Jennifer Krutchen, of First National Bank & Trust, explains.






MembersAlliance Marks 75th Anniversary

Born out of a small group of Sundstrand employees, this credit union has grown into a strong financial resource for many in our region.