By Erin Bakker The roof is one of the most important parts of a home or business, yet it is one of the hardest to keep an eye on. Roof inspections require going up on a ladder, and once up there, the inspector has to know what he or she...
By William Blanken These days, anyone can fall victim to identity theft and servicemembers might be relatively easy targets. Because servicemembers are away from home for long stretches of time and receive a steady source of income, it’s easy for scammers to obtain a servicemember’s information without being noticed. Fortunately,...
On Thursday September 9, 2021, five members of the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) were selected for the Inaugural Class of the United Way Emerald Coast Emerging Leaders 40 under 40 Awards presented by Step One Automotive Group. This recognition highlights Okaloosa and...
By Maurice Stouse, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager We often get the question or the comment regarding a market correction or worse, a bear market. We also take note that, historically, many corrections have been made in September and October. Why that is so is the subject of speculation. Most...
By Joe Capers, Insurance Zone Although the life insurance industry has adopted the campaign that September is life insurance month, it is my belief that every month is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Recent market research done by LIMRA (Life Insurance and Market Research Association) shows that 36% of Americans plan to...
By Ricky Tillman Harper “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” —Abraham Lincoln I am thankful for 2020. Yes, you read that right. As difficult as last year was and as tragic as the pandemic has been, we learned much...
United Way Emerald Coast’s (UWEC) Emerging Leaders is pleased to announce the inaugural class of “40 Under 40” honorees, presented by Step One Automotive Group. This award seeks to recognize Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders excelling in their workplaces and making a difference in the community. This is...
By William Blanken Military families face plenty of financial challenges. If you’re saving for college or retirement, buying a home, or wondering how to help secure your family’s financial future, don’t overlook these five important benefits. 1. Thrift Savings Plan Retirement is something you need to plan for, whether it’s far away...

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By Chris Balzer, ECES But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet No one would dispute that having the beauty of soft natural light shining through our windows puts a smile on our face and warms our hearts....
By Joe Capers, Insurance Zone In most states, including Florida, auto insurance is required to register and legally operate a vehicle. Like most lines of insurance in Florida, rates have been on a rise for the past few years. It may be tempting to only purchase enough coverage to meet...

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