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  • Shelley Pirkle defines "success" as achieving goals for herself—and our customers.

    “Success for me is achieving the goals that I’ve set for myself,” says Shelley Pirkle, Credit Analyst – Portfolio Manager. “It’s important to me to continually work towards bettering myself, my family and my community.” Bettering herself and others is what Shelley does best. » Read More
  • You may be saving for retirement, but could you be saving smarter?

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    You’ve probably heard the advice: “You should save your money.” It’s great advice. But saving money for a rainy day is not the same as saving money for retirement. In order to help ensure a long and comfortable retirement, IRAs and 401ks are pretty much essential. » Read More
  • For CEO Jim Canton, "A job well done" is making a positive impact for others.

    CEO and Chief Credit Officer Jim Canton has achieved a lot in his 40-plus years in banking. But for a man who has excelled in his numerous leadership roles, what matters most to Jim isn’t what he has accomplished, but what he has helped others accomplish for themselves... » Read More
  • What’s the deal with our Social Security program?

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    Millions depend on Social Security benefits, and millions more are counting on those benefits when they reach retirement age. The problem is, the program is facing some big challenges—namely, funding. » Read More
  • How to keep your small business growing.

    Donovan Reed, EVP – Chief Lending Officer

    If you own a small business, then most if not all of your daily efforts should be focused on one thing: growth. When you’re growing, you’re thriving. Here are a few important steps to growing your small business... » Read More
  • Teaching your kids how to save is easier than you think. Here are five tips!

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    It may not be as easy or as fun as playing video games, but it pays off. When you teach your kids to save, you will have raised lifelong savers... » Read More
  • Government Shutdown Assistance

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    Oklahoma State Bank is here to help our customers who are experiencing hardship as a result of the federal government shutdown. » Read More
  • Sticking to a holiday budget—you can do it.

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    Here are some tips on keeping holiday spending under control. » Read More
  • Guard your card and protect your finances.

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    We want you to thoroughly enjoy the holidays, so take a moment to review these simple tips for protecting your card from fraud or misuse. 
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  • New Edmond location now open.

    Oklahoma State Bank’s new office in Edmond offers a wide range of services, including loan origination and activation of new checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. » Read More
  • Be on guard against ransomware—part two

    Donovan Reed, EVP – Chief Lending Officer

    First, don’t panic. Disconnect the affected device from the Internet and isolate it from the network. However, do not turn it off because valuable forensic data could be lost.

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  • Be on guard against ransomware—part one

    Donovan Reed, EVP – Chief Lending Officer

    Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts the user’s files or blocks access to a computer system until the user pays the criminal a fee to release them. It can infect your PC, smartphones, tablet or other Internet-connected device through many delivery methods: downloading a new app, a Flash-based gaming site or an accidental click on a bad ad. Ransomware is often delivered through email via infected attachments and links that direct the user to an infected website.
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  • Headed to college next fall? It is time to complete the FAFSA®.

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    Each year, the federal government provides more than $150 billion in financial aid (grants, work-study and loans) for college or career school. To apply for this aid, one must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Financial awards are made until funds are depleted—don't delay.
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  • ACH payment processing simplifies small business operations

    Mel Barnes, SVP – Chief Operations Officer

    If you own a business that still takes and makes credit card or check payments, then you should consider using Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment processing instead. 
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  • Transferring with trust: Person-to-person payments through your financial institution.

    Mel Barnes, SVP  Chief Operations Officer

    Ever find you’re short of cash when you need to split a purchase, or pay a friend back for the concert tickets she picked up for you? Person-to-person (P2P) payments are an increasingly popular, convenient way to save time and effort.

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  • Save time, improve cash flow and more—with Remote Deposit Capture

    Donovan Reed, EVP – Chief Lending Officer

    In 2004, the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21 Act) went into effect, creating a new negotiable instrument called a “substitute check” that can be processed just like an original check—only much faster. 

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  • Millennials: No matter what, keep saving.

    Mel Barnes, SVP  Chief Operations Officer

    Millennials—those born from the early 1980s to the late 1990s—are more educated and technologically advanced than any previous generation. Why, then, do 35% of millennials (Americans aged 21 to 37) still live at home with their parents? And why are more than half still relying on their parents for financial assistance? » Read More
  • Checking is getting a lot more interesting.

    Mel Barnes, SVP  Chief Operations Officer

    Savings and checking accounts used to be two distinct worlds. Savings accounts were exclusively for earning interest over the long term and were tapped only for emergencies or big-ticket purchases—the proverbial “nest egg”—while checking accounts were primarily used for paying bills or making everyday purchases, and never earned interest.

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  • Jim Canton Joins Oklahoma State Bank as President, Chief Credit Officer

    Jim Canton has joined Oklahoma State Bank (OSB) as president and chief credit officer. The native of Joplin, Mo., has been in the banking industry for 39 years, primarily in the Edmond and Oklahoma City markets, and most recently served as president of Bank SNB in Edmond.

    » Read More
  • Build Your Credit Score

    Mel Barnes, SVP  Chief Operations Officer


    Building credit can be a conundrum: How do you get a good credit card without a good credit score? If you are starting from scratch, it can be difficult to know where to start. If you already have a low score, raising it can take some time and money-conscious decisions. The good news? You don’t need a lot of money to have a good credit score. » Read More
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