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Posts By: Ashley Cooper

Too Good to be True: Three Tips to Avoid Telemarketing Scams

In today’s hyper-digital world, it may come as a surprise that fraudulent telemarketers are still in business. Unfortunately, it shouldn’t. Over-the-phone scams costs victims thousands of dollars each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Scammers don’t discriminate based on age, either – Forbes reports that Millennials are often victims of fraud. Phone scams usually… Read more »

Small Business Loans 101: A Quick Lesson on SBA Lending

Small business is a big deal. Small businesses account for 99.9 percent of all companies in the United States, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), and represent more than 47 percent of private sector employees in the U.S. In 2018, small businesses created almost 70 percent of new jobs in the country, too. But… Read more »

Mortgage 101: Debunking the 20 Percent Down Payment Myth

If you’re new to the home-buying process, there’s a lot to learn. Terms like amortization, acceleration clause and contingencies could just as well be spoken in a completely different language. And escrow. What the heck is escrow?! Inexperience aside, potential homebuyers likely also have their own notions of homeownership and its prerequisites. And, unfortunately, they… Read more »

International Women’s Day: Six Sunrise Employees Talk Gender Equity, Women’s History Month and the Women They Admire

March is Women’s History Month, and today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Both occasions represent a time to celebrate the pivotal, and too often overlooked, role women have played throughout our history in the United States and around the world. To celebrate International Women’s day, we talked to six Sunrise Banks women to get… Read more »

What to Know Before Opening the Door to the Mortgage Loan Process

Becoming a homeowner is an exciting rite of passage. But buying a house is also a complicated process that includes reams of paperwork, legal jargon and a formidable test of one’s financial stability. Before taking the first steps into their new home, buyers need to go through the loan approval process to make sure they… Read more »

Fintech4Good: Why Doing Well and Doing Good Are No Longer Mutually Exclusive

What does it mean to succeed in the business world? The traditional definition of success usually entails a corporate structure based on earnings and earnings alone, without much thought put into what’s been given back. This model tends to think of a company’s mission and profit margin as being mutually exclusive. At Sunrise, we believe… Read more »

International Data Privacy Day: Five Tips to Safeguard Personal Information

Digital privacy is important – especially in 2019, when most of us carry extremely sensitive information in our pocket. Our smartphones contain bank account credentials, social security numbers and health records. While technology has made it convenient to have all this information just a click away, it’s also forced us to be more cognizant of… Read more »

Growing Pains: Don’t Do It Alone

Searching out advice to solve your small business challenges can be daunting, especially if you don’t know exactly what challenges you’ll face. Finding a mentor or picking the brain of a successful and experienced entrepreneur often provides relevant information and tips to keep your business on the right track. To help get you started in… Read more »

Preserving the Great Outdoors

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes and we also have some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. Even throughout the cold winter months, Minnesotans love to enjoy the great outdoors. However, these beautiful prairies, lakes, forests and other ecosystems need to be protected, restored and preserved, so they can continue… Read more »