News & Updates

Setting Goals For Career Success
December 15, 2017

Staffing firm Accountemps recently surveyed more than 1,000 workers across the country, and 93 percent said goal setting is important to their on-the-job performance.

While more than half of professionals (51 percent) discuss goal progress with their manager at least monthly, 11 percent never broach the topic.

Younger employees place more emphasis on work-related performance goals, the research found.

Almost seven in 10 millennials (69 percent)...

Best Restaurants in America
December 14, 2017

Online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable has revealed its listing of the 100 Best Restaurants in America list for 2017.

The complete list showcases a diverse group of restaurants in 24 states and Washington, D.C. California and New York are tied at the top of the list, each boasting 19 winning restaurants, followed by Illinois and Pennsylvania with eight, Washington D.C. with seven, and Texas with five. 

Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, and South...

Millennials: Living in Your Own Place
December 11, 2017

Millennials are known as the generation that never leaves home. This isn’t a knock on them, per se. Rather, these living conditions are a reflection of high housing costs and slim job prospects.

However, not all millennials are stuck living at home, or with roommates. Some are able to get their own place.

As many as 15% of them do, according to a new analysis from online real estate firm Zillow.

Zillow ranked American cities based on millennial...

Surviving the Holidays With Your Sanity Intact
December 8, 2017

The holiday season is a special time. With Charlie Brown on TV and carols on the radio, and an ever-growing list of people to shop for, it's easy to get carried away. The pressure to over-shop and overspend when you're rushing to buy everything on your list can be overwhelming. No worries, though; we've got you covered! Read on for fantastic pre-and post-holiday tips to ensure you'll have a holly, jolly December without breaking the bank.

6 Pre-Holidays Tips...

USCCU Announces New Murfreesboro Branch
December 7, 2017

US Community Credit Union Set to Open New Murfreesboro Branch in Early 2018

US Community Credit Union is proud to announce plans to better serve our membership in Rutherford County with a new branch in Murfreesboro. Construction is currently underway to remodel the existing building. The Murfreesboro Branch will become USCCU's seventh full-time branch in Middle TN, and it's first in Rutherford County.

USCCU began serving the people of...

Giving Tuesday Broke Records this Year
December 5, 2017

Preliminary data suggests that Black Friday shopping numbers were a bit of a disappointment for stores. However, Giving Tuesday numbers are breaking records.

Blackbaud reports online giving was up 28% with more than $60.9 million in online donations

Giving Is Good

Blackbaud, a cloud software company powering social good, , processed more than $60.9 million from over 7,200 organizations receiving donations this year. Online donations...

How To Protect Yourself From ID Theft
December 4, 2017

Chances are, you or someone you know has had their identity stolen at one point or another. It can be expensive, stressful and extremely complicated to recover from. Here are seven ways to help protect yourself and your most important data from identity thieves.

1. Secure Your Hardcopies

Most of us think of identity theft as a digital crime, but many thieves are just as eager to get their hands on your paper documents. While online accounts...

A Thank-You Note Can Give Job Seekers an Edge
December 1, 2017

Sometimes having a traditional touch can give job-seekers an edge. One example of this is the thank-you note, which remains a job-search mainstay, according to a new survey from staffing firm Accountemps.

Eighty percent of human resources (HR) managers said they take thank-you messages into account when deciding who to hire. The bad news? Respondents reported receiving notes from only 24 percent of applicants, down from 51 percent in 2007. 

HR managers were...

5 Tips to Extend Your Smartphone Battery
November 30, 2017

It happens all the time. You're out, away from a phone charger, and you've been checking your social media and searching the internet a little too much. Your phone pops up a "Low Power" notification, and you lose your mind. "What am I going to do for the next two hours before I get back to my charger?", you think.

Even though newer generations of smartphones seem to have longer lasting batteries, it still never seems to be enough. Make the most out of your battery...

Walking The Tightrope: Balance Your Portfolio To Keep Your Future On Track
November 29, 2017

Personal finance is almost always a balancing act. You'll need to strike a balance between spending and saving. You'll want to balance your expenses against your income. You would be wise to make sure the risk and potential reward stay in balance. Most importantly, though, your portfolio will benefit if you keep your investments in balance.

There are many ways to think about balancing your portfolio. At the most basic level, you need to balance the possibility of...