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Eric Best

Staff writer

Eric Best covers Technology/Strategy, Digital and Innovation (SDI), small business banking, giving/philanthropy, and more at Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Eric wrote and edited customer and association member content for Fortune 500 financial services companies and national banking publications. He got his start in journalism as a local reporter covering small business, real estate, and culture for two Minneapolis newspapers, the Southwest Journal and Downtown Journal. Eric graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he studied Journalism and English and served as an editor of the college’s newspaper and undergraduate literary magazine.

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Innovation

Wells Fargo, artificial intelligence, and you

The artificial intelligence revolution is here. Here’s what you need to know about AI and how Wells Fargo is using it to help customers.


Environment

This invention could reduce the carbon footprint of old buildings without displacing residents

Two startups that received Wells Fargo Foundation support are collaborating to deploy new technology with immense potential to modernize buildings and improve people’s lives.


Financial Health

Better banking is coming to a Wells Fargo branch near you

Wells Fargo is evolving the in-person banking experience to help you meet your financial goals. Here’s how branches are changing across the country.


Innovation

How Wells Fargo is becoming quantum-ready

Wells Fargo researchers are preparing today for tomorrow’s quantum computers through strategic partnerships and industry-leading technology.


Small Business

Ignite your entrepreneurial spirit: Learn from the Chandler brothers’ success at Seven Peaks Fence and Barn

A love of animals inspired Matt, Trevor, and Jeff Chandler to start Seven Peaks Fence and Barn, a fencing business that helps fellow animal lovers keep their livestock.


Small Business

Women-owned businesses are driving economic growth. Here’s what entrepreneurs should know.

A new landscape for women-owned businesses has begun to appear over the past few years. They’re forming, increasing revenue, and employing more people faster than men-owned businesses, according to a Wells Fargo report. What’s changed?


Small Business

4 things to do before you start a company

Have you considered starting your own business? Many dream of being their own boss, but the process can be daunting. Here is a breakdown of what you should do before you create a company.


Financial Health

How to avoid holiday scams this shopping season

Don’t let cybercrime diminish your holiday cheer. Learn about cyber scams to look out for during the shopping season, how you can avoid them, and what to do if you’ve become a victim.


Small Business

How Pioneer Linens survived 111 years — and counting

For well over a century, Pioneer Linens — a longtime Wells Fargo customer — has evolved alongside its Palm Beach community. The secret to its success? A faithful family with a long legacy of caring about their customers.


Small Business

3 easy steps for small business owners to start succession planning

Who will take on your business? It’s a question many experienced entrepreneurs must wrestle with to keep their business and family legacy alive. Here are a few ways to start.


Financial Health

3 things to know to protect yourself from cybercrime

Roughly one-third of Americans have become victims of cybercrime. Worried about your own risk of online financial fraud? Here are easy steps you can take to defend yourself.


Innovation

Artificial intelligence has the potential to reshape banking

Today, artificial intelligence is at our fingertips, but its true impact is still taking shape. A Wells Fargo investment banker says AI has the potential to further transform financial services.


Housing

Inside an innovative response to California’s homelessness crisis

Thousands of Californians experiencing homelessness now have homes through an initiative bringing together cities, affordable housing developers, and supporters like Wells Fargo.


Innovation

Hacking for good: Meet the ethical hackers whose job it is to test Wells Fargo’s cybersecurity defenses

Sometimes more hackers — not fewer — are needed to combat today’s cyber threats. Wells Fargo’s Offensive Security Research Team simulates real cyberattacks to better protect customer money and information.


Innovation

How Wells Fargo builds responsible artificial intelligence

AI should enhance how you bank, not complicate it. Take a look inside the process of how Wells Fargo engineers are making the next AI tools based on your needs.


Financial Health

How the 100 Black Men of America empowers youths by investing in their future

Young people are learning lifelong financial skills and how to build wealth via the stock market as part of a Wells Fargo Junior Investment program that pairs students with mentors from the 100 Black Men of America.


Small Business

Supporting the wave of new Black women entrepreneurs

More and more Black women have become entrepreneurs in recent years. Milestone Circles is on track to help thousands reach their business goals in a post-pandemic economy.


Small Business

How a mini food creator, a pepper farming duo, and other Iowans are accelerating their businesses

The Drake University Business Clinic is fostering a wide variety of new businesses from underrepresented entrepreneurs in Iowa with the help of a Wells Fargo grant.


Innovation

3 ways quantum computing could help you

More privacy. Optimized returns. More powerful technology. Quantum computers are on track to benefit Wells Fargo customers in the not-so-distant future.


Volunteering & Giving

Wells Fargo, Habitat for Humanity help homeowners age in place

A $7.5 million Wells Fargo Foundation grant is helping homeowners stay in their homes as part of a nearly 30-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity.


Innovation

Get to know Wells Fargo’s virtual assistant, FargoTM

Built into the Wells Fargo Mobile app, Fargo provides users with a personalized, convenient, and simplified banking experience.


Innovation

5 big questions on quantum computing answered

Quantum computing is here. Wells Fargo is working with key tech partners to be quantum ready.


Innovation

Medical transportation company reduces barriers to health care – one ride at a time

Medical Transportation Management president and CEO Alaina Macia is building on her family’s business that connects patients to the health care they need by getting them where they need to go.


Small Business

How to run a business with a loved one

Are you in business with the one you love? Learn tips for mixing personal and entrepreneurial pursuits and meet one couple who have gone into business together — and survived to tell the tale.


Small Business

Women entrepreneurs ‘Connect to More’ through Milestone Circles

Hundreds of women entrepreneurs are building powerful peer networks as part of Wells Fargo’s relationship with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.


Diversity & Inclusion

Minnesota’s first Black-owned bank

The murder of George Floyd sparked calls for businesses to address racial bias in their communities. Answering that call, Wells Fargo and other large Minneapolis banks worked with First Independence to open Minnesota’s first Black-owned bank.


Small Business

Priya Vasan’s golden opportunity

Launching one of the country’s only woman-owned Indian jewelry stores wasn’t easy. But Priya Vasan knew she could do it.


Innovation

Wells Fargo’s Innovation Challenge seeks to find game-changing ideas and technologies

The Wells Fargo Innovation Challenge invites companies to develop innovative solutions for the next big shift in the financial ecosystem.


Financial Health

6 smart money tips for college-bound students

Most young adults say they’re anxious about money. These financial tips and resources could help you lighten the load.