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Laurel Sykes's Blog

The CARES Act: What You Should Know

As you may have heard, the President signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

CARES Act Signed into Law

American Riviera Bank remains committed to assisting our customers during this challenging time.  We know you likely have questions about your existing loans with ARB, and we continue to receive questions on how to access the multitude of government loan programs being made available.  Please kno

Essential Services

While many businesses and workers are subject to the California order to Shelter in Place, there are still many others who are deemed “essential”.  This includes law enforcement and public safety profession

Small Business Resources

While we discussed yesterday the impact of the Shelter in Place order on the community’s workforce, our local small businesses are also struggling.  Businesses have been forced to temporarily close their doors or change their business model to comply with the order, and many are faced with tough

Pandemic Relief

One other bright spot in all of this is the potential for tax relief available at the state and federal, and potentially local level.  While the situation remains fluid and new guidance is issued daily, as of March 21, 2020 we are aware of several new developments.

A Community Coming Together

We’re going to shift our focus this week to potential relief and resources for assistance during this challenging time.  And let me start by saying this whole situation is nothing that anyone can be “expert” in.  Much of what is to come in today’s entry is a commentary on how things look today, w

National Credit Education Month, Part 2

HOW Do I Get My Score and Why does it Matter RIGHT NOW?

Part 2 of our National Credit Education Month Series

National Credit Education Month

March is National Credit Education Month so we’ll be spending the next several weeks providing you with information about the importance of maintaining good credit.  Check back throughout the month on how banks make decisions on loans, and common mistakes to avoid to ensure you get the best possi

Email Compromise: the $26 Billion Scam!

This week we are going to shine the light on email account compromise (EAC) and resulting fraud losses.  It’s also been called the “business email compromise (BEC)” or the “CEO wire scam”, but it happens just as frequently to personal email accounts.  Non-profit organizations are increasingly reported as targets as well. 

Social Engineering

Welcome to our new blog series, The Idea Vault, where you’ll hear from ARB subject matter experts on a variety of topics to educate you on all things banking!  We thought we’d launch the series with a few weekly posts on cybersecurity in honor of National Cybersecurity A