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Reimagining the Region – Finance

Saving Money Important During Good and Bad Times

BELLAIRE — Trying to build one’s savings for a possible job loss or anticipated big expense has always been a good idea, but doing it during a pandemic, though difficult, still is important. To help people stay on track, two local financial institutions — Belmont Savings Bank and ...

Local Colleges Helping Students Navigate Financial Aid Process

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer Two local institutions of higher education are providing a variety of meeting options to help counsel new students as they navigate through the financial aid process. That process has changed a bit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet that hasn’t stopped ...

Safe Alternative Banking Options Available for Customers

By CARRI GRAHAM Staff Writer BELLAIRE — Although the state of the economy has changed in the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, local banks are adapting and helping customers find alternative options for their banking needs. Belmont Savings Bank has implemented many changes to ...

When to Invest? No Time Like the Present!

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer WHEELING — Investing financially may seem daunting, but advisers at WesBanco say that hesitating on making the plunge can set prospective investors back substantially if they miss out. Scott Love, Senior Vice-President of Economic and Equity Analysis with ...

Tax Concerns Run Rampant in Coronavirus Age

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer Americans received two rounds of economic stimulus checks in 2020, but they don't have to pay taxes on this money. They must, however, pay taxes on any extra unemployment benefits they received through the CARES Act last year. “I think a lot of people are ...

Help available for small businesses

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a stiff toll on small businesses in the area, but with 2021 there comes a wide range of tools to recover and grow. “We all want to get what kind of help we can get to get through,” Bob Sabo, owner ...

Unemployment Cases Soar in W.Va., Ohio During Pandemic

By ERIC AYRES Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic’s tendrils almost instantly wrapped themselves around the United States economy and its employment figures in 2020. Businesses deemed non-essential temporarily closed down. Many workers dealt with reduced hours or found themselves ...