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Thinking Ahead Business Series

Capital Bank, N.A. is a mid-sized bank focused on serving the diverse needs of business owners in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our success is directly related to sharing our clients’ vision of what their businesses could be. That’s what built the Thinking Ahead Business Series, endeavoring to deliver actionable insights on trending business and economic issues from our CEO Ed Barry and other leading industry experts for the local and national business community.

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    Acquisition and Succession Planning: How Business Loans Can Help You Keep Your Business’s Legacy

    As any small business owner knows, the goal of building a business is often much more than just to make a profit. They hope to create a business and legacy that lasts. That’s why succession planning is so important to most small business owners. Appropriate planning can allow a company to continue, even after the […]

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    How to Utilize Loans to Mobilize Your Restoration Team

    Weather and climate disasters have cost the United States over $2.195 trillion since 1980 due to 323 disasters, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. In 2021 alone, there were 20 events throughout the nation, from a major wildfire to four tropical cyclones. As a restoration company, you have the tools and expertise necessary […]

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  • Helping Businesses Recover from COVID’s Impact

    As I listen to our business clients talk about how the pandemic has affected their companies, it’s like a hurricane without the wind, a 9.0 earthquake without the shaking, or a wildfire without the flames. Even though businesses haven’t been visibly demolished, many have been eviscerated. The building may be standing but it was quickly […]

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  • How Company Culture Can Empower a Team to Move Mountains

    “One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” That quote from Michael Jordan has been on my mind lately as I reflect on lessons we’re all learning during the […]

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  • Why Face-to-Face is a Winning Strategy – Even in a Digital World

    Unless you’re a service-based business that must get “up close and personal” with clients, it’s likely that your business depends almost entirely on digital tools for most of your communications and interactions. AT&T found that 66 percent of small businesses would fail without wireless technology, while 41% of business owners have plans to increase technology […]

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  • No Surprises: Approach a Business Loan Application with Confidence

    Previously, we talked about cash flow and the importance of bridging gaps before they happen. But do you know how to prepare if your business needs to take on debt? Perhaps you want to expand your business, or you’re pursuing other opportunities. According to a recent report by the Federal Reserve, nearly 60% of small […]

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  • Bridge Gaps Before They Happen

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said, “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” When you’re running a business or organization, it can be difficult to find the time to step back and look at your operations, goals and opportunities. In fact, it’s easy to fall into doing the same thing over and over without realizing […]

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  • One-on-One: The Value of Listening to Your Clients

    With the advent of the digital age, one-on-one conversation is becoming a thing of the past. With it has gone the fine art of listening — one of the most valuable tools for any relationship, both business and personal, using emails as a substitute for really listening and gathering feedback. In fact, if you fail […]

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    SBA Loans Explained: How Creative Lending Options Can Turn Business Vision into Reality

    Just like individuals making significant purchases or investments such as homes, cars, and education, business owners need loans to start, run, and grow their businesses. But each business and business owner has a unique story and circumstances, and traditional loans are not always the best fit for those needs. That’s where the U.S. Small Business […]

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    Rethinking Employee Retention Strategies

    With unemployment rates at a historic low in many sectors, it’s no surprise companies are looking for ways to retain their existing employees and position themselves competitively when recruiting new hires. Capital Bank is no exception. Based on our experience, we’ve found that a key factor in attracting and retaining employees is benefits — defined […]

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    Chart a Productive Path in 2018

    A tailwind surges behind a boat, or a business, moving it farther along on its chosen path, at a quickening pace — a pace that can be a challenge to rein in. The 2018 economy looks promising for business owners. With regulatory changes and the unraveling impact of new tax cuts, there’s money out there […]

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Meet Ed

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Capital Bank, CEO

Ed Barry joined Capital Bank, N.A. as Chief Executive Officer in September 2012. Since that time, the bank has rapidly expanded throughout the DC area and into Baltimore...