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Points West Community Bank to Open Loveland, CO location in Orchards Area

Points West Community Bank has announced that they will be opening a Loveland, CO location later in 2019, according to Mark Brase, Colorado President of Points West Community Bank. “Points West has been working for several months to secure a Loveland location to better serve this community,” said Brase. “We see this as an amazing opportunity to better serve our existing customers, and expand our community banking footprint for businesses and consumers in the Loveland area,” Brase continued.

The bank has been working with Nathan Klein of 295 East 29th, LLC, the building owner which in turn is owned and managed by the principals of LC Real Estate Group, LLC, along with Dawn Oglesby and Bryony Wagner of Oglesby Design to reestablish the building located at 295 East 29th Street. Cindy Lopez-Ellis, Loveland Branch Manager for Points West said, “We believe the Orchards area is the perfect place for Points West. We are community-minded: we support local businesses, we make decisions locally, we support local causes, and see the strength of the vibrant community. We can’t wait to share our story, and become a larger part of the Loveland community.”

While details are still being finalized, Brase and Lopez-Ellis both stated they are excited to bring the Points West Hometown feeling back into community banking within the Loveland marketplace.

About Points West Community Bank:
Family-owned Points West Community Bank has been serving Colorado communities since 1906. Points West is locally owned and operated throughout 18 locations and 3 States. For more information, please visit pwcbank.com.

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Points West Community Bank to Open Second Greeley Location

Points West Community Bank will be opening a second location in Greeley later in 2019. “Points West has been working for several months to secure the historic spot at 940 9th Avenue in Downtown Greeley, formerly home to Woody’s Newsstand,” said Mark Brase, Colorado President of Points West Community Bank. “We see this as an amazing opportunity to better serve our existing customers, and expand the banking options for businesses and consumers in the greater downtown area”, Brase continued.

The bank has been working with a local contractor, architectural, and design teams to reimagine the space once known for newspapers, cigars, and coffee into a state of the art community bank that will expand upon its current footprint at 6801 West 20th Street. Tim Ulrich, Greeley Market President for Points West said, “We believe that downtown Greeley is the perfect place for Points West. We’re community-focused: we support local businesses, we make decisions locally, we support local causes, and see the strength of the vibrant downtown community. We can’t wait to share our story, and become part of the history of such a local downtown landmark.”

While details are still being finalized, Brase and Ulrich both stated that the building which for so long had served as a gathering spot for generations in Greeley will still serve that same purpose and that most certainly coffee will continue to be a daily part of the staple of the building.

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Points West Community Bank Donates $1,000 to Haxtun United Methodist Church and University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute

Points West Community Bank presented Haxtun United Methodist Church and University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute with a $1,000 donation. 

“Not only did we want to give back to our community, but also the organizations near and dear to PWCB customers,” said Mark Brase, Front Range President of Points West Community Bank. “By allowing our customers to select the organizations we donated to, we were able to involve customers inside and outside the bank.”

During the 2018 holiday season, Points West Community Bank customers nominated local organizations to receive a $1,000 donation. Along with the organization’s basic information, each nominator explained why PWCB should donate to the nominated organization.

 

The Haxtun United Methodist Church nominator wrote, “the Haxtun United Methodist Church does so many things for so many people. Whether it be the Thanksgiving meal at the community center, Retread Threads, or the community food basket, the Church is there to support our community. Pastor Jeri has been an extraordinary part of the Church, and with her leadership, it has become a shining light in so many people’s lives.” Learn more about The Haxtun United Methodist Church

 

University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute

“This local organization (University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute) provides much-needed rehab services to cancer patients. I have benefited from their help and believe they do amazing research to show the benefits of physical activity for cancer patients who could be in any stage of treatment,” said the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institue’s nominator. Learn more about the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. 

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Choosing a Community Bank in Greeley

points west community bank building in Greeley, Colorado

Choosing a bank often involves a degree of convenience. In many cases, customers select their bank based on the proximity to home or work. At Points West Community Bank, we serve our Colorado customers with seven locations throughout Northern Colorado communities – including a bank with a location in the heart of Greeley.

Our Greeley Community Bank Location

The Points West Community Bank in Greeley is conveniently located at 6801 West 20th Street. With lobby hours open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday, the Greeley branch also has extended drive up hours until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday as well as from 9 am until noon on Saturday.

The Points West Community Bank Greeley location also features a 24-hour drive up ATM and night depository for additional convenience.

Supporting the Greeley Community

As members of the Greeley community, Points West Community Bank makes it a priority to support local organizations, including Greeley Transitional House’s SummerFest, the UNC Career Fair, The Community Foundation Serving Greeley, and Weld County and more. Learn more about our community involvement here.

The Points West Community Bank Difference

Points West Community Bank is a community bank where our customers’ interests come first. We serve those interests through competitive advantage and high-quality service.

Each of our community bank locations is locally-managed by individuals who live within the communities we serve.  This allows us to be more competitive and even more creative in our pursuit to find the best solutions for our customers.

Interested in learning more? Click here to talk to your local banker today!

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Government Shutdown Assistance

Impacted by the Shutdown? We’re Here to Help.

In order to assist government employee customers who have had their pay interrupted by the government shutdown, Points West Community Bank will offer interest-free loans for an amount equivalent to the take-home amount of their normal paycheck. These loans will be a six-month single pay term with one loan per pay period.

 

For more information please contact your local branch.

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Top 4 HSA Benefits

HSA Benefits

If you’re covered by a high-deductible health plan, you’re eligible to participate in a health savings account. These special accounts allow you to set aside funds for use specifically for approved healthcare related expenses. Because of the way these accounts are structured, owners reap many HSA benefits in their financial world.

Individuals are permitted to contribute up to $3,450 and families may contribute $6,850 to their HSA in 2018. These contributions may be made directly from your paycheck with help of your employer, or you may allocate money into your HSA on your own. Most financial advisors recommend anyone eligible for a HAS contribute to it, because of four significant advantages:

  • Tax-free income: Like contributions to your traditional IRA, contributions to a HSA are made on a pretax basis. Put simply, it allows you to effectively spend money on healthcare expenses that you haven’t been taxed on, increasing your spending power.
  • It’s Yours Forever: That money you put in an HAS – and the matching contributions your employer puts there – is your money. When you switch jobs or change to a non-qualifying healthcare plan, it’s still available for you to use. You contributions roll over from year to year, so it’s not like a use-it-or-lose-it traditional benefits plan.
  • It Transforms to a Retirement Account: If you’re over 59 1/2 years old, you can withdraw money from your HSA as if it were a traditional IRA. You’ll be taxed on the amount as income, but it allows you to tap into unused medical savings later in life.
  • Maximum Flexibility: Your HSA can be used to cover any qualifying medical expenses for anyone in your family, and may be spent now, or saved for a rainy-day medical emergency.

You’ll want to be careful to spend HSA money only on qualifying expenses. If you use it on expenses that don’t qualify, you’ll owe taxes on the amount spent and an additional 20 percent penalty – which can end up being a penalty of more than 40 percent.

Start your HSA today with Points West Community bank and reap all the HSA benefits. Contact your nearest branch to get started.

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Scheduled Maintenance

Online banking, Mobile banking and Telephone banking will be temporarily unavailable on Sunday, June 26th from 4:30am to 6:30am MST for scheduled maintenance. During this time, you may not be able to sign into online or mobile banking. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

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Mobile Banking Maintenance on January 28

Mobile Banking Scheduled Maintenance

Mobile banking will be temporarily unavailable on Sunday, January 28 from 12:00am to 4:00am MT for scheduled maintenance. During this time, you may not be able to sign into mobile banking. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

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No Fees for Out-of-Network ATMs

No Fees on Out of Network ATMs

Have you memorized the location of every Points West Community Bank ATM in Northern Colorado? Do you plan your errands around visiting in-network cash machines? Life’s about to get a lot easier for you: PWCB is dropping out-of-network ATM fees.

Planning your day is about to get a lot easier, as you’ll no longer incur fees from Points West Community Bank for using foreign ATMs. (Depending upon the ATM’s setup, you may receive a surcharge fee from its owner. Consult with each machine before you use it.) Using a community bank is now convenient even when you’re no longer in the community.

While you make use of the flexibility our new policy grants you, make sure you practice basic ATM safety.

  • Be aware of your surroundings when using a foreign ATM. If the ATM is poorly lighted or suspicious persons are nearby, find one that seems more secure.
  • Be on the lookout for skimmers, pieces of hardware that thieves attach to ATMs to swipe your card data when you’re using them. Signs that an ATM has been affixed with a skimmer include scratches or other damage on its face, adhesives around the card insertion area or suspicious hardware on the outside of the machine.
  • If using an ATM that requires you to use your card to enter its vestibule, avoid letting others follow you in.
  • Shield your PIN from view of others in the area, either with your body or with your hand.
  • Protect your balance information and other account details by taking your receipt with you when you leave the ATM.
  • When using a drive-up ATM, always lock all your doors and roll up all windows before starting your transaction.
  • After receiving your money, put it away – in your wallet or purse – and leave the ATM quickly.
  • Limit your time at the ATM. Have your card out of your wallet and ready to use before you approach to streamline and save time at the machine.

ATM crime is rare, and most banks take ATM security seriously. When you use machines that are outside of the PWCB network, take extra precautions to protect yourself.

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Be Aware of the Microsoft Phone Scam

microsoft phone scam

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a number of customers reach out to us after being impacted by a Microsoft phone scam. Victims of the scam receive a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft technical support. The tech specialist walks you through a number of steps to “fix” something on your computer and may even request that you provide them with additional personal information. According to Microsoft, once the scammer has access to the PC, they can do any of the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like www.ammyy.com) to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Remember, Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication with Microsoft must be initiated by you. If you do receive a call, please write down the phone number and contact local authorities. 

For more information on phone scams and how to report them, visit Microsoft.com. 

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