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    Mar 18, 2019
  • Getting to Yes: The SBA and Alternative Loan Playbook

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) is widely known as a U.S. government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. However, it is also known as a difficult to work with bureaucracy that has a sizable amount of red tape to get through.

  • Feb 22, 2019
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), broadly defined, is a company’s management of the impact it and its employees have on all aspects of society from economic and social to environmental. Implementing such a program is a critical step toward providing benefit to the community, but it can also greatly benefit the company.

  • Jan 24, 2019
  • Mobile Security Tips to Keep Your Device on Lock Down

    Modern mobile devices can make you feel like you have the world at your fingertips! However, as our use of mobile technology increases, so do the vulnerabilities of the personal information stored on those devices.

  • Jan 16, 2019
  • Fourth Annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive Sets New Fundraising Record!

    Thank you to our clients, employees and community partners for making our fourth annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive a success! All of the generous donations are being distributed to over 50 nonprofit organizations whose mission is to provide support and essential resources to our neighbors in need during the cold and wet winter season.

  • Dec 28, 2018
  • 9 Perks of Being a Veteran When It Comes to Home Loans

    Being a current or former serviceman or woman has its perks. When it comes to buying a new home, access to Veterans Administration (VA) loans is high on the list. These government-backed loans often offer a lot to the people who protect and serve. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of a VA loan.

  • Dec 26, 2018
  • Meet the VA Specialist: Kim Grayson

    At Columbia Bank, we have lenders that develop a deep expertise in their field. Loan Officer Kim Grayson is one of those as she’s helped numerous military families across the Northwest find a new home.

  • Dec 24, 2018
  • Making and Maintaining a Personal Budget

    Welcome to making your own budget! Sorry for the exclamation point, but this is an exciting time. Making and maintaining a budget allows you to understand your financial life. Through it you'll be able to map your earnings and expenses, track spending habits, save for the future, and reach any financial goal.

  • Dec 22, 2018
  • 15 Lifehacks to Curb Your Spending and Save More

    Every day we make a series of choices that lead us closer to or further away from our goals. Saving in a consumer-centric society is a daily battle. But there are smart ways to be more mindful about where your dollars and cents go, and start some serious saving habits.

  • Dec 21, 2018
  • Financial Checklist for First-Time Military Home Buyers

    Buying a first home is exciting, but it can present plenty of challenges. We’re here to help you get safely through the gauntlet of what we call the three P’s of home buying: process, practicality and paperwork. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a checklist of how to prepare financially so you can live the home ownership dream.

  • Dec 20, 2018
  • Warm Hearts Partner Spotlight: Capital Press

    With more people struggling with homelessness than ever throughout the Northwest, it is vital for local businesses to step in and provide support. One such business is Capital Press of Salem, Oregon. This winter, The Capital Press became a $5,000 sponsor of Columbia Bank’s Warm Hearts Winter Drive to help rally support for our neighbors in need.

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