From the Publisher: We are thankful for our banking friends

If you have ever listened to Citizens National Bank President Jason Smith talk about business, he will tell you every business owner or entrepreneur needs three things. Those are: a banker, an accountant, and a lawyer. 

While the business world has seen drastic changes in 2020, the need for expertise from professionals in these areas remain. 

When it comes to bankers, it is important to find someone who resonates with your needs. Banking is not a one size fits all endeavor. In fact, the differences in banking services and focus are as varied as the number of branches on Airline Drive. 

Depending on the size and scope of your banking needs, there are great options in the local area from small and large banks, to credit unions and other financial providers. 

A good banker will help you with a business plan, point out things you may have overlooked, or tell you best practices with your money. They really are a solid business partner. After all, your success is key to their success.

This month’s edition of BIZ magazine gives readers an inside look at the state of finance in Louisiana. The challenges of 2020 have affected every industry, including banking. However, the adaptability and resiliency of these entities in Louisiana are something to behold. 

Pivoting to meet the needs of customers, financial institutions have created protocols for employees and facilities to protect all. They have offered more options to engage online, including more use of electronic signatures.

While all of these “contactless” options are great, it is still the personal one-on-one communication with a banker that makes all the difference to a business.

We are proud of our friends in the finance world. Thank you for staying the course and serving the business needs of our community. 

David Specht | President of Specht Newspapers, Inc.