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Back to School

Making Back to School a Little Better

Chesapeake Bank is aiming to send area students in need back to school with full backpacks. We’re hoping you can lend a hand.

 

We will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations at each of our branches to supply more than 350 children in Williamsburg, the Northern Neck, Gloucester and Mathews. The bank will match every dollar donated up to $1,000 for each of our four beneficiaries: the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program; the Northern Neck Family YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program; and the Departments of Social Services in Gloucester and Mathews.

 

Drop off crayons, pencils, washable magic markers and notebook paper at any of our branches – a complete list of needed supplies can be found at our branches or on our website. And while you’re at it, check out our Facebook page to vote on your favorite donation box, which were decorated by our employees at nine of our branches and our operations personnel.

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Banking Whenever, Wherever

Since our founding as Lancaster National Bank in 1900, we’ve focused on our community.

 

And through the years, from Lancaster National Bank to Chesapeake National Bank to Chesapeake Bank, we’ve been committed to personal and innovative customer service (did you know we launched the nation’s first floating bank to better serve workers at the oyster packing plant in Irvington in 1969?).

 

Banking with us never has been easier. Here are four ways you can bank with us wherever life takes you.

 

  • Mobile Banking – Mobile banking continues to be on the rise. A third (33 percent) of all mobile phone users (and half of all smartphone users) have used mobile banking in 2013, up from 28 percent in 2012 and 21 percent in 2011, according to the Federal Reserve. We’re here to help you deposit checks while sitting on the beach or check your account from your living room – just download the Chesapeake Bank myMobile app to get started.
  • Text Banking – Looking for another fast, safe and easy way to bank from your cell phone? Give text banking a try to check account balances or transfer funds in your enrolled text banking accounts. Text “ENROLL CHESBANK” to 39257, and we’ll call within two business days to set you up. You also can call 800.434.1181.
  • Online Banking – We’re proud to offer free online banking that enables you to access your accounts from anywhere in the world. We have three tools to make that happen – myBank gives you an up-to-the-minute glance of your accounts; myFinance syncs all your financial accounts for total money management; and myMobile provides access to your online banking. For businesses, we have e-Services, which allows you to view your accounts and take advantage of free online bill pay.
  • Identity Theft Protection – Did you know that someone’s identity is stolen every 2 seconds? We offer free personal checking accounts with ID Theft Protection. For a small monthly fee, we also offer IDSafeChoice Plus, which includes annual credit report and credit score, continuous credit monitoring with email alerts, free online ID theft assessment test, monthly newsletter with protection tips and reimbursement of ID theft recovery expenses up to $25,000.
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Mid-Week Summer Fun in Gloucester

Looking for a little mid-week fun? Summer Nights Market might be your answer.

 

Mix a farmers market and terrific food with arts, crafts and live entertainment, and Wednesday nights at the Gloucester Museum of History and Carriage Court feature fun for the whole family. Summer Nights Market runs from 4:30-7 p.m. rain or shine at the Carriage Court Lawn at 6539 Main Street in Gloucester. Upcoming dates include:

 

  • July 16 – Chamber Carnival Night: Sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, kids can enjoy bounce houses, games and snacks while adults can network with other Chamber businesses. Ashley Wenner and Brad Sindle, also known as Something Different Duo, will be on hand to play classics from the 1960s and 70s and hits from today’s stars.
  • July 23 – Mercy Creek, which has released seven independent albums, will bring its aggressive folk rock – a mix of modern folk, world beat, rock and hints of blues and bluegrass – to the market.
  • July 30 – In addition to the delicious food and farm-fresh produce, enjoy shagging at the market with shagging DJ Greg Howell.
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Fun for the Fourth

Travel over the Fourth of July weekend has increased four of the past five years, according to AAA – an estimated 41 million will hit the roads, rails and air this weekend, up 1.9 percent over last year.

 

If you’re staying close to home, there are plenty of ways to have fun for the Fourth right around the corner. A few festivities to consider:

 

  • Fireworks over the water highlight the Fourth at Gloucester Point Beach Park, where you can spend the day swimming, fishing or boating.
  • The Town of Irvington will celebrate the holiday with its annual “Hometown Parade” from 10-11 a.m. on July 4. More than 100 entries, including antique cars, The Kilmarnock & District Pipe Band and children on bikes, will wind down King Carter Drive and around Irvington Road. School board member Alexander Fleet is this year’s Grand Marshall.
  • Colonial Williamsburg has a daylong (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) celebration at Market Square North that includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence and performances by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
  • Historic Yorktown kicks off the Fourth with an 8K run and 5K walk at 8 a.m., and a parade on Water Street starts at 9 a.m. At night, a bell-ringing ceremony beings at 7, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band (Dixie Band) will entertain before fireworks over the York River begin at 9:15.
  • The Yorktown Victory Center (free for residents of York and James City counties and city of Williamsburg; otherwise $9.75 for adults, $5.50 children 6-12, free for children under 6) will host “Liberty Celebration” July 4-6 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Visitors can watch tactical and artillery drills, take part in military exercises and learn about our nation’s founders and the challenges they encountered.
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Eat Fresh – and Local – This Summer

Summer is here, which often means eating out (hopefully at one of our many terrific local eateries!).

 

Another great way to support our local economy is by stopping by one of our local farmers markets to combine the splurge of dining out with a nice home-cooked meal. It’s also a great way to connect with your community while enjoying the freshest flavors of the season.

 

How does fresh flounder fillets or crab cakes from VA Blue Crab Co. of Hayes and fresh fruits and vegetables from Ware Neck Produce in Gloucester sound? Maybe cap it off with a pecan, blackberry or key lime pie from Jamestown Pie Company of Williamsburg?

 

Here are some local farmers markets you should consider sampling:

 

And if you’re traveling around the state this summer, keep this link handy for Virginia farmers markets courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Commission.

 

Happy eating!

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Party on the Pier Friday

Music? Check (the Slapnation Band).

 

Eats? Check (a full dinner from Beach Bully BBQ).

 

Good cause? Check (proceeds support educational programs at the Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center).

 

We’re proud to be the flagship sponsor of “Party on the Pier,” which takes place this Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Jamestown Settlement’s pier.

 

Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, not including online fees, before June 19. Day-of tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children, while supplies last.

 

We hope you’ll come by to enjoy dinner, live music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Call 757.253.4291 or visit here to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Survey Says: Miller is the Winner

Congratulations are in order for Fred Miller, the owner of Prince George Art & Frame.

 

Miller (pictured above on the left with Chesapeake Bank Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager Sam Poole) is the winner of a drawing of those who answered our Shop Local Day survey last month and recipient of a $100 Visa gift card, to be spent locally, of course.

 

Miller has been photographing historic Williamsburg since he was a kid. In fact, some of his scenic views of Williamsburg can be found in personal and corporate collections around the state and beyond. Prince George Art & Frame, which opened in 1980 and is located in the Colony Square shopping center near the intersection of Jamestown Road and Humelsine Parkway, is a fine art gallery and custom framing shop that features some of Miller’s work and original artwork of talented local and regional artists.

 

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey. Your input is helpful in improving our Shop Local initiative that promotes supporting locally owned and operated businesses.

 

Speaking of which, save the date: Our next Shop Local Day will be Saturday, Nov. 8.

Women-Owned Businesses are Booming

If you go to work for a new business, more than likely, you’ll be working for a woman. Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing sector of entrepreneurship, according to a recent study commissioned by American Express. Women are starting approximately 1,288 new businesses every day, more than double the pace of three years ago, and this year’s Shop Local Day participants are proof of this trend. This year, almost half (43 percent) of the businesses that participated in Shop Local Day were owned and operated solely by women.

 

It’s no secret that female business owners and working moms have a lot to juggle.  Balancing work and home life is no easy task. The Daily Press Savvy Shopper recently featured stories from local female business-owners. In the article, local women told their entrepreneurial stories and shared helpful advice for other women who want to start a business. . For Angela Whitehead, Williamsburg mother and owner of Soil Horizons, an environmental consulting firm, balance means setting realistic expectations and relying on her husband to help, both financially and in the home.

 

Thinking about starting your own business? Forbes sat down with Kelsey Ramsden, founder of four companies, and Canada’s top female entrepreneur, to get some basic tips for starting a business. She suggests focusing your time and energy, pursuing accountability from mentors, advisors and other peers, and establishing systems that support your goals. The number one tip – don’t start a business just for the money. “Most seasoned entrepreneurs will tell you money is usually the last thing to come,” she says.

 

Owning a business and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be difficult for all women. Add children to the mix, and that balancing act can become even more challenging. Entrepreneur recently shared a list of five essential steps to achieving balance as a mom running a business. Motherhood is one of the most demanding (and most rewarding) jobs there is, but according to Lisa Druxman, founder of Stroller Strides, being a mom doesn’t prohibit you from being an entrepreneur.

 

“Think bigger”, she says. Lisa started her venture after taking a small class, Stroller Strides, never imagining it would grow into a business. Also, be sure your company or business fosters a culture that’s conducive to life outside of work – support flexibility and a balanced work and home life for employees.

 

Lisa also stresses the importance of giving back locally. “Businesses should give back to the communities they’re in and show that they have a purpose beyond simply boosting the bottom line,” she says.

 

Do you know a prosperous female entrepreneur – a wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin? Share their story with us. We’d love to hear from you and share their tips for being successful entrepreneurs – and the world’s greatest multi-taskers!

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Local Summer Activity Ideas for Families

It’s that time of year again – the weather is warmer, school is almost out and suddenly there is a lot more free time for families to plan activities together. So, what do you do with that extra time?

 

We’ve thought of a few ways for your family to have fun and give back to the community or learn a new skill at the same time.

 

  • Give back together:

It’s always good to give back – but it’s even nicer when you can do it as a family.

 

Volunteer Match is a great website where you can search for different kinds of local volunteering opportunities that would be the best fit for you and your family.

 

  • Cooking classes at home:

There’s an old saying about having too many cooks in the kitchen, but we don’t think it applies when it involves your family learning basic cooking skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives.

 

When you have a free afternoon (and maybe need some time inside to cool down), take a look at these kid-friendly recipes and have everyone get involved. You can even pick up your ingredients at the local farmers market.

 

  • Hosting a lemonade stand:

What better way to teach some basic business skills to your kids than with a lemonade stand? It’s also a great way to learn the value of a dollar and to start saving up for a special purchase or giving back to a charity of choice.

 

It doesn’t have to be a lemonade stand, either. Maybe your family wants to make something to sell to family and friends –anything from homemade banana bread to bracelets.

 

  • Building a garden:

The National Gardening Association has an entire website dedicated to gardening for the whole family, Gardening with Kids.

 

Visit your local nursery for helpful tips on which plants to buy and how best to care for them.  Soon the whole family will have a green thumb!

 

We’d love to hear your ideas! Share your favorite summer family activities in the comments below.

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Thank You for a Successful Shop Local Day!

Shop Local Day returned for its fourth installation this past weekend, and we have each of you to thank for a wonderful day!

 

The Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Williamsburg areas were bustling with the activity of merchants, shoppers, community members and Chesapeake Bank employees showing support for their local businesses.

 

This Shop Local Day, 352 local businesses participated, an increase of about 50 merchants from our last Shop Local Day in November. To help drive traffic to stores, participating businesses had shopper incentives which ranged from 10 percent off discounts, entries into fun giveaways and free gifts with purchase.  Many businesses are extending their Shop Local offers beyond Shop Local Day, and you can view details on those extended offers here.

 

Chesapeake Bank employees held a photo contest where any employee who submitted a photo of themselves shopping local on Shop Local Day was entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa Check Card to be spent at a local business. The winner was Courtney Driscoll, a teller at our Lightfoot branch.  She submitted the above photo of her new puppy Gracie getting spoiled at the Nautical Dog store in Williamsburg.

 

If you participated in this Shop Local Day, please take a few moments to fill out our Shop Local Day survey. It’s only 20 questions long and should take less than five minutes to complete – and your feedback will be helpful in making our next event the best it can be!  As a thank you for completing the survey, you’ll have the option to leave your contact information for a chance to win $100—to be spent at a local business, of course.

 

Our next Shop Local Day will take place in the fall, and we hope to get even more merchants involved for the fifth Shop Local Day.

 

Until then, don’t forget the impact that a local purchase and spending your money locally has on the community. While we celebrate shopping locally with our events in the spring and the fall, strive to make every day Shop Local Day!