Rebound After Adversity Hits Business

Staten Island commercial bank extols planning to recover from disaster

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – As reminders of the current hurricane season, Victory State Bank observes that the two named storms to date point up the merits of preparedness against being hobbled.

Two major challenges small business owners face after disasters are sales losses and a diminished customer base, according to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).


In a survey of 7,500 small and medium-sized businesses by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), 62 percent said losing profits and clients was their biggest post-disaster challenge.


Whether it’s a fire, flood or tornado, small businesses face an uphill trek when it comes to rebuilding in the aftermath of a disaster. That’s why it’s important to have a recovery plan in place.

Assessing your company’s risks is one of the first steps in creating an effective business continuity plan.


After finally achieving your dream, don’t lose it to a power outage, hacker disruption, fire, earthquake or other disaster.

If you’re not prepared, the SBA says a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever.

Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. But you can.

Disaster planning and preparedness can be your lifeline to staying in business. The SBA points out that with proper education, planning, testing and disaster assistance, you will be able to stay in business through any interruption and beyond.


Major disasters, such as earthquakes and large-scale power outages, are rare. Smaller disasters, such as server failure, burst pipes and fires however happen every day.

Companies often prepare for the worst but forget the everyday challenges, which can be just as crippling.

When disaster strikes, having a plan and being able to put it into immediate action can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers and community or shutting down for a few days.

Following a disaster, statistics show ninety percent of companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within five days. Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly and able to provide products and services to your community.


Testing is a critical component of business continuity planning. If your systems went down, how long would it take to get them up and running again, and what would be required to achieve that goal? Where are the gaps in your recovery plan and how can you close those gaps before a disaster strikes?


Testing your continuity plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain in operation no matter what, or that it can be quickly restored under any circumstances. For many companies, testing is necessary for meeting compliance requirements.

 

    • What to test

 You should test all critical functions, particularly those that would be most vulnerable during an attack or disaster. This includes servers, PCs/workstations, network/Internet, building security, phones/communications, supply chain, workflow/staff procedures. Some managers phase their testing procedures, for instance, running a data recovery test one month and network/Internet recovery another month.

 

    • Where to test

 

Testing can be done in one of three places: At your facility, at your backup center, or at an offsite testing site. You can choose to do a table-top-meeting-style run through or a full-scale hands-on test, using canned or live data.

 

    • How often to test

The SBA recommends that you do a full-scale test annually for a wide range of critical functions, including electricity, water, gas, facilities/spacing, staffing, technology, telecommunications and more. A full-scale test will help ensure that your business not only survive but thrive in any unexpected situation.

 

    • Who should participate

 

A testing team should include all the people on your disaster recovery team or who are in charge of critical areas within the company. If you have one or more of such functions, these should include, but not be limited to facilities manager, IT tech, HR manager, senior management, brand management, third-party support and a sampling of critical clients.

When faced with a disaster, remember that you are not alone. Resources available via the SBA include information to help you prepare ahead of time, free sample emergency plans, business preparedness checklists, and templates, as well as assistance to help you get back on your feet after a disaster has struck.

 

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online www.victorystatebank.com.

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Wedding Can Mean Tax Changes

 

Staten Island business commercial bank spotlights IRS tips on planning nuptials 

  

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Taxes may not be high on your wedding-plan checklist, but the IRS says you should be aware of tax issues that come along with marriage.

Here are some basic tips that Uncle Sam says can help keep those issues to a minimum:


Name change

The names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get the form on SSA.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or from your local SSA office.

  

Change tax withholding

A change in your marital status means you must give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. If you and your spouse both work, your combined incomes may move you into a higher tax bracket. Use the IRS Withholding Calculator tool at IRS.gov to help you complete a new Form W-4. See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, for more information.

 

Changes in health-insurance circumstances

 If you receive advance payment of the premium tax credit in 2014, it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in your income or family size, to your Health Insurance Marketplace. You should also notify the Marketplace when you move out of the area covered by your current Marketplace plan. Advance payments of the premium tax credit provide financial assistance to help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Reporting changes will help you get the proper type and amount of financial assistance so you can avoid getting too much or too little in advance.

 

Address change

 Let the IRS know if your address changes. To do that, file Form 8822, Change of Address, with the IRS. You should also notify the U.S. Postal Service. You can ask them online at USPS.com to forward your mail. You may also report the change at your local post office.

 

 Change in filing status

  If you’re married as of Dec. 31, that’s your marital status for the whole year for tax purposes. You and your spouse can choose to file your federal income tax return either jointly or separately each year. You may want to figure the tax both ways to find out which status results in the lowest tax.


Note for same-sex married couples: If you are legally married in a state or country that recognizes same-sex marriage, you generally must file as married on your federal tax return. This is true even if you and your spouse later live in a state or country that does not recognize same-sex marriage. See 
IRS.gov for more information on this topic.

For more information, visit IRS.gov. You can also get IRS forms and publications on IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com.

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How to Safeguard the Data on Your New Computer

 

Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank reminds PC users to tighten security

  

If you are purchasing a new computer and are unsure about how to best protect your personal data, Victory State Bank suggests you follow the advice of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The agency provides information on how to improve the security of your home computer, such as:

1. Connect to a Secure Network

2. Enable and Configure a Firewall

3. Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software

4. Remove Unnecessary Software

5. Disable Nonessential Services

6. Modify Unnecessary Default Features

7. Operate Under the Principle of Least Privilege

8. Secure Your Web Browser

9. Apply Software Updates and Enable Future Automatic Updates

10. Use Good Security Practices

 

 

For details on each of the above tips, read Homeland Security’s “Ten Ways to Improve the Security” online at http://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/TenWaystoImproveNewComputerSecurity.pdf.

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited onlinehttp://www.victorystatebank.com.

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Millionaire in your midst?

 

Staten Island business bank points to wealthy population

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Recent findings that placed a millionaire among approximately every 22 New Yorkers might give you a whole new reason to appreciate the company you keep.  


Only three United States cities are on a top-20 list of the highest percentage of millionaires, and New York's 4.63 percent, or 389,100 people, outpaces the others.


Houston (2.09 percent) and San Francisco (2.07) are the other two.


Victory State Bank noted that one report attributes higher real estate values as underpinning the millionaires' wealth. Another, in USA Today, said stocks were the main driver of global wealth.


Still other reports about the study cited New York's prevalence of headquarters for large corporations and foundations. Others pointed to the proximity of financial markets.


The bank said research has found that millionaires tend not to be flashy stereotypes. Instead, they live below their means and have frugal buying habits, among other low-key characteristics.

And so a neighbor's millionaire status may not be evident.


The 20 cities emerging in the millionaire-density study by the WealthInsight wealth consultancy and Spear's Magazine are around the globe, led by Monaco (29.21 percent, or one in three people), Zurich (27.34) and Geneva (17.92). 

"It's unsurprising to see that Monaco is the most likely place where you will bump into a millionaire," WealthInsight Analyst Oliver Williams was quoted as saying.  He noted that the low tax and Mediterranean waterfront make it the ideal habitat for wealthy individuals. 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com.

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Summer Job Gives Tax Lessons

 

Commercial Bank on Staten Island shares IRS view of students’ seasonal stint

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Many students take a job in the summer, and Victory State Bank encourages them to make it a financial learning experience, as well.

If it’s your first job, it gives you a chance to learn about the working world. That includes taxes we pay to support the place where we live, our state and our nation. Here are eight things the IRS says students should know about taxes:

 

  • Don’t be surprised when your employer withholds taxes from your pay. That’s how your taxes are paid when you’re an employee. If you’re self-employed, you may have to pay estimated taxes directly to the IRS on certain dates during the year. This is how the pay-as-you-go tax system works. 
  • As a new employee, you’ll need to fill out a Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Your employer will use it to figure how much federal income tax to withhold from your pay. The IRS has a withholding calculator at IRS.gov to help with filling out the form.  
  • Keep in mind that all income from tips is taxable. If you get tips, you must keep a daily log so you can report them. You must report $20 or more in cash tips in any one month to your employer. And you must report all of your yearly tips on your tax return.
  • Money you earn doing work for others is taxable. Some work you do may count as self-employment. This can include jobs like baby-sitting and lawn mowing. Keep good records of expenses related to your work. You may be able to deduct (subtract) those costs from your income on your tax return. A deduction may help lower your taxes.
  • If you’re in ROTC, your active-duty pay, such as pay you for summer training, is taxable. A subsistence allowance you get while in advanced training isn’t taxable.
  • You may not earn enough from your summer job to owe income tax. But your employer usually must withhold social Security and Medicare taxes from your pay. If you’re self-employed, you may have to pay them yourself. They count toward your coverage under the Social Security system.
  • If you’re a newspaper carrier or distributor, special rules apply. If you meet certain conditions, you’re considered self-employed. If you don’t meet those conditions and are under age 18, you are usually exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes. 
  • You may not earn enough money from your summer job to be required to file a tax return. Even if that’s true, you may still want to file. For example, if your employer withheld income tax from your pay, you’ll have to file a return to get your taxes refunded. You can prepare and e-file your tax return for free using IRS Free File. It’s available exclusively at IRS.gov.

 

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com.

 

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