Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck


According to a recent CNN Money article, more than 25 million middle-class American families are living paycheck to paycheck. The article discussed a recent economic study presented by the Brookings Institution, with findings showing that those living paycheck to paycheck have a tougher time weathering income shocks, such as illnesses or bouts of unemployment. They […]

Tax Tips for Your Small Biz

Tax Time

The best thing about tax season is when it’s over. Getting through tax season, however, can be a grind.   Especially for small businesses.   Did you know that nearly a third of small businesses don’t use an outside accountant (Sage Small Business Accountants 2013 Usage Study)? That can add another level of stress to […]

Be Mine: Ways to Save on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Dinner

Americans spent more than $17 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2014, and experts expect that number to rise in 2015.   Have you made your plans for Saturday? (Yes guys, it’s Saturday!)   Don’t worry, there’s still time to plan a fun – and affordable – evening for your special one. U.S. News and World […]

Shopping for a Cause

Food Pantry Volunteers

Once a month, several members of Chesapeake Bank get together for a special day of shopping. At the end of their trip, they leave empty-handed, but with full hearts.   Through the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Community Resource Center and the Peninsula Food Bank, five to eight of our associates volunteer to help feed […]

Eat Local – Willaby’s Owner Talks Renovations, Craft Beer, Live Music


We recently had the chance to catch up with William Barnhardt, owner of Willaby’s Café and Catering in White Stone to talk about what’s new at Willaby’s and some of the unique offerings for customers. Read on to learn more about its restaurant renovations, craft beer offerings and Friday night band line-up.   Chesapeake Bank:  […]

Winter Blues Jazz Fest Brings Music, Art, Food & Film

Winter Blues Jazz Fest

Jazz will be in the air next weekend.   The Winter Blues Jazz Fest kicks off Thursday, Jan. 15 and features a fusion of music, art, food, drink and film over four days in Williamsburg. Jennifer Raines, the owner of Quirks of Art, and Steve Rose, president of Eco Discovery Park and owner of Williamsburg […]

Spotlight on Gloucester

Spotlight on Gloucester

It’s an exciting time to live in Gloucester. This month, Gloucester Village Main Street was one of three Virginia communities awarded with a $100,000 grant from the state to support small business development. The funding was a part of the Governor’s strategic vision for economic development and centers around an entrepreneur contest in each of […]

Giving Back: ‘Camden’s Cause’

Camden's Cause

The season of giving is in full swing. For one member of our extended Chesapeake Bank family, the season of giving – and giving back – never ends.   Meet Camden Giroux, the 12-year-old grandson of Kathy Jarvis, a Commercial-Consumer Loan Associate in our loan processing center. For the past few years, Camden has made […]