Financial Experts Count on Success

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Honor Credit Union, Arbor Financial Credit Union, and Huntington National Bank reveal insights on personal leadership and financial management for small businesses at the Chamber’s July Lunch & Learn event.


July 24, 2019 | Southwest Michigan small business professionals from across the region joined together at the Chamber’s July Lunch & Learn to spark a dynamic conversation: How to manage finances in small businesses—and how past experiences have led our leaders to where they are today.

The room, brought together by the Southwest Michigan First Chamber and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, had the chance to hear from financial leaders from around the region, including experts from Honor Credit Union, Arbor Financial Credit Union, and Huntington National Bank.

The only thing that could have made the conversations better? Lunch from Olga’s—and, in fact, there was plenty!

The panel of financial experts shared their unique insights from careers of perfecting strategies and businesses in the fast-paced financial scene. The panelists discussed some of the problems that these banks’ customers and small businesses are facing and provided listeners with solutions to help overcome them. Solutions included taking advantage of all of the resources that are available to businesses, along with treating banks as partners that want to help propel you toward success.

While each member on the panel took a different path to establish their career, they unanimously agreed that past mentors helped them to find their own place in the financial world. Ken Fouts of Arbor Financial Credit Union mused, “While I didn’t take the most traditional path to get to where I am, I was able to adapt. Now, I apply everything that I learned to the different areas that I work in.”

During the early years of their careers, the panelists were able to identify how each sector of business is vastly different from the next. This critical factor helped listeners to see that, in order to maximize the success of a company, one must take advantage of the valuable advice and unique support that local organizations and, especially, banks can provide.

The conversation last Wednesday was one for the books—but you haven’t missed your chance to jump in on a Lunch & Learn event. Stay up-to-date on our latest events going on in Southwest Michigan. For more information and registration for future Lunch & Learn conversations, visit https://www.southwestmichiganfirst.com/events/.

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