2016 Live Oak Bank Cornhole Tournament

Brewer’s Unite! Live Oak Bank would like to invite you and your employees to compete in our first Cornhole Tournament for the chance to win $3,000 at the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference. Please fill out the form below if you would like to participate. This competition is for select brewers and their designated employees only. Registration deadline is March 31, 2016

Brewery Team Participation Form

*Indicates required field.

  • Player 1

  • +Mobile phone info is being collected for the sole use of text message and/or call alerts during the tournament to let players know when & where they need to be to play their next cornhole match.
  • Player 2

  • +Mobile phone info is being collected for the sole use of text message and/or call alerts during the tournament to let players know when & where they need to be to play their next cornhole match.
  • Player 3

  • +Mobile phone info is being collected for the sole use of text message and/or call alerts during the tournament to let players know when & where they need to be to play their next cornhole match.
  • Player 4

  • +Mobile phone info is being collected for the sole use of text message and/or call alerts during the tournament to let players know when & where they need to be to play their next cornhole match.
  • By submitting this form, I indicated that I have read, understand, and agree to the competition rules and prize terms associated with this tournament. I also acknowledge that myself and all eligible participants will be required to sign a liability waiver form at check-in on the first day of the event in order to play in this tournament.

 


How You Can Improve Your Dental Practice In 3 Simple Ways

2016 is here, and it is time for a fresh start.

Are there things you can accomplish during 2016 that will improve your dental practice? Here are three areas in which most practices could find room for improvement: revenue growth, practice efficiency, and marketing.

Revenue Growth

How can you generate more revenue? Are there any new services you can add? Is it time to consider extended hours? Is your fee schedule in need of updating? Now might be a good time to make these changes.

Practice Efficiency

How efficient is your practice? Are you paperless yet? If not, it’s time. Paperless practices have proven more efficient and profitable. Also, do you have enough staff to run an efficient practice? Proper staffing also lends to greater efficiency, not to mention stronger morale as workloads are balanced.

Marketing

Finally, evaluate your marketing. Would facility upgrades improve your client experience? How about your reminder system? If you are still using snail mail, it’s time to look at providers offering email and text reminder options. Are you doing anything to promote your practice in the community? Maybe it’s time to join a business networking group or your local Chamber of Commerce. Do you need to increase your use of social media? Maybe it’s time to try digital advertising. Marketing can be anything that draws new customers and drives more referrals.

Do you have other ideas on how you can improve your practice?

Make a list and narrow it down to three items you want to get done this year to improve your dental practice and enjoy greater profitability. Set deadlines for yourself, and post your goals somewhere you can see them to hold you accountable.

 


How To Claim Your Funeral Home Business on Google

As a funeral home owner, marketing your business is critical to your overall financial success. As more families research funeral homes online prior to making a decision, it is important to have an attractive website that appears in search engines. Having your funeral home’s website properly optimized for search engines such as Google will help you be easily found online. Claiming your practice through Google is one easy way to enhance your online presence and as such increase business.

What does it mean to “Claim Your Business?”

If someone is using Google as a search engine to locate a funeral home within provided search criteria (city, state, zip code), results likely produce lists of local businesses or Google Places pages. Google allows you to include business information like address, contact information and other important operational information, which becomes searchable to your customers. This is often the first place a guest will find you. A “claimed” page looks much better than an unclaimed page that may drive guests away.

How do I Claim My Business?

To get started, you just need to create an online listing and verify your business for free with Google My Business. This will guide you through a simple process to update your information. After you claim your business, monitor your listing frequently to check on reviews and postings from guests.

Streetviews

Google also allows you to invite potential customers inside for a virtual tour of your funeral home giving them a turn-by-turn 360-degree view. Future customers are able to view the areas you choose, including the reception area, arrangement room and chapel. Providing the virtual tour will build trust and ease the decision by allowing families to see your location before they arrive. It’s a simple process of selecting a certified and trained Google photographer in your area, scheduling time for a photo shoot and sharing the photos with the world. Learn more and request a business shoot here.

Since Live Oak Bank is a small business lender, we are advocates for tools that help small businesses grow and succeed. Claiming your business on Google is just one more way to market your funeral home and grow your business.

 


3 Easy Ways to Improve Your FEC Business in 2016

The New Year is here, and it’s time for a fresh start! Ask yourself: “How can I improve my business in 2016?” There are three areas in which you might find room for improvement: revenue growth, efficiency, and marketing.

Revenue Growth

How can you generate more revenue? Are there any new attractions you can add? Is it time to consider extended hours? Do you need to update your pricing structure? Should you consider adding food and beverage services? The new year may be a good time to make these changes.

Efficiency

How efficient is your business? Are you paperless yet? Do you need to upgrade your technology so your staff can work more efficiently? Take the time to do an efficiency audit and adjust accordingly.

Marketing

Finally, evaluate your marketing. Would facility upgrades improve your clients’ experience? Does your staff need training on new attractions or how to better sell your services? Are you doing anything to promote your business in the community? Do you need to increase your use of social media? You can think about marketing as anything that draws new customers and drives more referrals.

Consider these three areas and others you think could use improvement. Now, make a list, and narrow it down to three items you want to get done this year to improve your business and enjoy greater profitability. Make sure you set deadlines for yourself and post your goals somewhere you can see them.

Good luck and enjoy a happy and prosperous 2016!

 


How To Claim Your Vet Practice on Google

As a veterinarian, marketing your practice is critical to the overall financial success of your business. Having your practice’s website properly optimized for search engines such as Google will help you be easily found online. Claiming your practice through Google is one way to enhance your online presence and as such increase business.

What does it mean to “Claim Your Business?”

If someone is using Google as a search engine to locate a veterinary practice within provided search criteria (city, state, zip code), results likely produce lists of local businesses or Google Places pages. Google allows you to include business information like address, contact information and other important operational information, which becomes searchable to your customers. This is often the first place a guest will find you. A “claimed” page looks much better than an unclaimed page that may drive guests away.

How do I Claim My Business?

To get started, you just need to create an online listing and verify your business for free with Google My Business. This will guide you through a simple process to update your information. After you claim your business, monitor your listing frequently to check on reviews and postings from guests.

Streetviews

Google also allows you to invite potential customers inside for a virtual tour of your practice giving them a turn-by-turn 360-degree view. Future customers will get to see the layout, exam rooms and the overall look of your business. It’s a simple process of selecting a certified and trained Google photographer in your area, scheduling time for a photo shoot and sharing the photos with the world. Learn more and request a business shoot here.

Since Live Oak Bank is a small business lender, we are advocates for tools that help small businesses grow and succeed. Claiming your business on Google is just one more way to market your veterinary practice and grow your business.


How To Claim Your Self-Storage Facility On Google

As a self-storage facility owner, marketing your property is critical to the overall financial success of your business. Having your facility listed in local publications is important, but many potential clients will also search for self-storage properties online when making decisions. By having a strong online presence, you can easily be found by search and as such increase business. Claiming your facility through Google is one easy way to be found.

What does it mean to “Claim Your Business?”

If someone is using Google as a search engine to locate a self-storage building within provided search criteria (city, state, zip code), results likely produce lists of local businesses or Google Places pages. Google allows you to include business information like address, contact information and other important operational information which becomes searchable to your customers. This is often the first place a guest will find you. A “claimed” page looks much better than an unclaimed page that may drive potential renters away.

How do I Claim My Business?

To get started, you just need to create an online listing and verify your business for free with Google My Business. This will guide you through a simple process to update your information. After you claim your business, monitor your listing frequently to check on reviews and postings from guests.

Streetviews

Google also allows you to invite potential guests inside your facility for a turn-by-turn 360-degree view. Guests will see the layout, office space and size of your facility. It’s a simple process of selecting a certified and trained Google photographer in your area, scheduling time for a photo shoot and sharing the photos.

Since Live Oak Bank is a small business lender, we are advocates for tools that help small businesses grow and succeed. Claiming your business on Google is just one more way to market your self-storage facility and grow your business.


NAVC Tips for First Timers

Our team is excited for NAVC 2016. After several years of attending this great conference, we have put together our top tips for first-time attendees.

 

  1. Remember There are Two Exhibit Hall Locations

A unique aspect of NAVC is the two exhibit hall locations – the Gaylord and the Marriot. Both sites feature new products and great services that can benefit your practice. Block out time in your schedule to walk through the exhibit halls.

 

  1. Pick Your CE Courses

Take time before you leave to read through the Program Schedule, and pick out the courses you want to attend most. Write the courses down in your calendar or phone, including the title, speaker, room location and time. If it’s a more popular course, be sure to arrive early to get a seat.

  1. Take Advantage of the Shuttle

As you prepare your schedule, remember the two different locations! NAVC provides shuttles to and from the Gaylord and Marriott as well as other conference relate locations, but you will want to allow plenty of time to catch the shuttle and find the CE room. Comfortable shoes are a must! You will be doing a lot of walking.

 

Check out the Shuttle Routes here.

Shuttle service Hours:

Friday 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, Monday & Wednesday 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Tuesday 6:00 AM – 9:30 PM

 

  1. Make Time to Network

NAVC brings so many in the veterinary profession together for a week of learning and networking. As you attend CE courses, wait at the Marriott’s Starbucks line (leave plenty of time for this – it’s historically been a long line), and walk the exhibit hall, take the time to meet new people, including other attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Leave your conference lanyard on as it signifies you are a part of the conference, making it easy to strike up conversations. Remember to exchange contact information or connect with social media. You never know what role with new relationships will play in the future.

 

This week will be packed with learning, connecting with peers and enjoying the Florida weather. The conference provides social gatherings and entertainment throughout the week, so save some energy to enjoy all the conference has to offer!

 

We’ll see you in Orlando!

 

Gaylord Booth #1007

Marriott Booth #4119

Hospital Design at Marriott Booth #87


New Alliance Announced to Help Insurance Agencies Transition to Independence

Live Oak Bank, MarketSource and Strategic Insurance Software Announce Alliance to Help Insurance Agencies Transition to Independence

WILMINGTON, NC – January 12, 2016 – Live Oak Bank (subsidiary of Live Oak Bancshares, Inc) (NASDAQ:LOB) is pleased to announce a partnership with MarketSource and Strategic Insurance Software designed to help insurance agents simplify an agency transition to independence. This includes providing access to three key components agents need to successfully become independent: market access, financing and technology.

With the amount of captive agents seeking independence on the rise, the three organizations joined efforts to provide access and information to agents on the journey to independence.

“With the market primed for agency transition to independence, we believe that a concentrated focus on tools, market access and financing will help agents more effectively facilitate these transitions,” said Mike Strakhov, Domain Expert of Insurance Lending at Live Oak Bank. “Aligning these resources in one collaborative effort makes it easier for the agents, and lets us tailor a growth plan to meet their needs.”

“We want to be sure that agents who are transitioning their agencies from captive or direct to independent have the resources they need to make that transition successful,” said Chad Eddy, CEO of MarketSource. “Since having access to markets, technology and financing will be paramount, we are collaborating to make it easy for the agents to find and work with us based on their specific needs.”

“Working with trusted partners to empower independent agents is a core value,” said Alex Deak, CEO of Strategic Insurance Software. “Through our agency management system, Partner XE, agents can support their personal and commercial lines of business in a single, secure, integrated system.”

Agents can visit GoIndieWithUs.com for information, resources and contact information for each of these groups.

About Live Oak Bank

Live Oak Bank was founded in 2008 to provide small business loans to professionals across the country looking to start or expand their businesses. Live Oak is an FDIC-insured national footprint bank and one of the largest originators of small business loans in the country. To learn more about Live Oak Bank, please visit www.liveoakbank.com/insurance.

About MarketSource

MarketSource was founded in 2005 by independent insurance agents who needed an everyday solution to an everyday problem: gaining access to standard markets to help facilitate profitable growth for their agencies, without the burden of ever-increasing production requirements or giving up control of their businesses. Now a leading market access provider licensed to write insurance across all 50 states, MarketSource gives independent agents (“Indie Agents”) access to nearly 20 of the industry’s most respected carriers, opening doors to more opportunities so our agents can open their doors for more business. With the most agent-friendly relationship agreement in the marketplace, and solutions for growth, profitability and perpetuation, you should partner with MarketSource. To learn more about MarketSource and the Indie Agent, please visit our website at www.marketsource.biz.

About Strategic Insurance Software

Partner XE, from Strategic Insurance Software, is a comprehensive web-based agency management system designed exclusively for midsized independent agencies.  Partner XE supports leading independent agents who value strong capabilities, affordability and relationships. To learn more, please visit our website: www.sisware.com.

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events. These statements are only predictions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual events or results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include risks of managing our growth, substantial changes in financial markets, regulatory changes, changes in interest rates, loss of deposits and loan demand to other financial institutions, and changes in real estate values and the real estate market. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
Sarah Carroll, Marketing Programs Manager, Live Oak Bank
910.550.2308 office
sarah.carroll@liveoakbank.com

Live Oak Banking Company. Member FDIC. 2016 Live Oak Banking Company. All rights reserved.

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Thank You North Bay for Making Us Your #1 SBA Lender

With more than $22.7 million in closed loans this year, Live Oak Bank proudly claims its spot as the top ranked Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the North Bay area of San Francisco for 2015.

The recently released rankings by the SBA are based upon the value of SBA 7(a) loans placed in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Read more about this story here.

Whether you’re a brewery looking to expand, a winery seeking to refinance, or a distillery with aspirations to increase your capacity by purchasing equipment, we would love the opportunity to partner with and assist you. To learn more, please contact a member of our Senior Lending Team located in Santa Rosa, CA, or visit our Wine and Craft Beverage page at www.liveoakbank.com/wcb.