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What is a Home Equity Line of Credit vs. a Home Loan?

You have heard the term “HELOC” or “home equity line of credit” – but what does that really mean? Is it the same as a home equity loan or something entirely different? As a homeowner, it is important to know the difference.

Spending Money Wisely: Giving Meaningful Gifts

Luckily you don’t have to break the bank to find a meaningful gift that your friends and loved ones will enjoy.

Questions about Your Loan Needs?


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SBA Loan FAQs: Your Top Questions about Collateral

If you are looking to buy a business and have heard that a Small Business Administration loan (an “SBA loan”) is a great way to support your efforts, you might have some questions about “collateral” for the loan.

SBA Loan FAQs: Personal Guarantees, Secured Loan vs Unsecured and More.

You are interested in building or buying a business – and you’ve heard that Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are a good idea. But what does all that jargon mean? What are things like “secured vs. unsecured loans” and “personal guarantees”? Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions here.

Using an SBA loan to buy a business

Have you heard that a Small Business Administration loan (or “SBA loan”) is what you need to help make your business plan a reality? As an SBA Preferred Lender, First Financial Bank can provide you with the information you need to navigate the SBA loan process.

Small Business Tax Tips

As a small business owner, you are responsible for paying taxes on what your business earns. But you only want to pay what you owe – no more and no less. What can you do to optimize your tax liability? Here are some tips that may help.

Keeping Chickens Healthy and Productive: Applying Best Practices When Buying or Building a Poultry Farm

Are you considering buying a poultry farm or expanding your existing one? What are the best practices to build into your plans that can help you optimize your yield?

The Latest Farm Tech to Consider When Buying Acreage

If your farm is looking to expand through a land purchase, it’s obviously important to check out factors like soil quality, drainage, irrigation rights, and existing structures. We also encourage you to take a hard look at the technology capabilities a prospective property offers.

Well Prepared Financials Reflect Good Management Skills

Good production numbers are great, but management skills are a must in today’s environment of tight margins and the endless pressures from third parties.

How FSA Farm Loans Can Help You

Buying a farm is a big decision. Whether you want to commercially raise poultry, dairy cows, cattle, or produce one of many crops, is a big decision. You may need a loan to help get you started. That’s where the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and knowledgeable lenders like First Financial Bank come in – to assist family farmers like you.

The Pharmacy Business Plan: A Complete Guide

You’ve made the decision – maybe even picked out the exact property – to build or buy a pharmacy. How do you sell your vision to a funder? Your pharmacy business plan is the answer.

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Starting a Pet Business: Loan Payment Calculator

Are you looking to start a pet business? If you are, a small business loan may need to be part of your plans. And being able to estimate your loan payments can help you get ready for your next steps.

Clear a Path to a Successful Pet Care Business Loan

What are some of the things you can do to make it easier for your lender to assess your business loan application? Managing Director of First Financial Bank’s Professional Services Division, Schwanda Flowers, Pharm D, provides some insights into how to remove roadblocks and smooth the path for evaluating your first pet-oriented business loan request.

Planning to Buy a Veterinary Practice?

Looking to buy an existing veterinary practice? Take this quiz and see how much you already know – and where you might need some additional guidance as you plan to buy a vet clinic.

Business Loan Payment Calculator: Estimate the Payments for Your Veterinary Practice/Clinic Loan

Been thinking about building, buying or refinancing a loan for your veterinary practice?

Making it Easier to Navigate the Process to Your Veterinary Loan

Thinking about buying or building a veterinary practice? Managing Director of First Financial Bank’s Professional Services Division, Schwanda Flowers, PharmD, provides some insights to help you navigate the business loan process successfully.

How to Read a Balance Sheet for a Veterinary Practice/Clinic

Thinking about buying a veterinary practice or clinic? Looking at the financials will be important in your due diligence – including the latest balance sheet.

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