Argent Bank Launches Business Online Payroll

  Argent Bank Launches Business Online Payroll    Business Online Payroll offers customers affordable, full-featured service                    within Business Online Banking solution  Business Wire  SPOKANE, Wash. -- February 3, 2014  Argent Bank, the principal operating subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA), is launching an affordable, full-featured online payroll service within the bank’s Business Online Banking solution. Business Online Payroll now offers customers an easy online way to process payroll in a simple three-step process. Business Online Payroll takes care of everything, including paying employees and payroll taxes.  “Our business customers are important to us, and we are pleased to offer a robust and affordable payroll service within our Business Online Banking solution,” said Patricia Baughman, SVP and product management and market research executive at Argent Bank. “Once enrolled, customers simply sign on to the bank’s Business Online Banking solution, enter their payroll data and they are finished. The service automatically handles depositing and filing of payroll taxes, pays employees by direct deposit and sends both the business and employees email confirmations.”  With Business Online Payroll, customers get:    *An easy-to-use interface   *Automatic payroll tax calculating, filing and payment   *Free direct deposit or the ability to self-print checks from their office   *Online W2s and 1099s for the business and employees   *Integrated HR tools and compliance resources   *Secure 24/7 access through Business Online Banking at Argent   *Unlimited access to payroll experts either online or six days a week by     phone  Business Online Payroll represents a great value. Pricing includes payroll processing, tax filings and payments, direct deposit, W2s plus more. For additional details, visit www.bankwithargent.com/businessonlinepayroll.  Baughman added, “Keeping a business running successfully isn’t easy when bombarded with financial and administrative details, like managing payroll. Our Business Online Banking with this payroll service allows our customers to focus on successfully running their businesses and save up to 50 percent compared to traditional payroll services.”  For more information about the full suite of Argent business banking solutions, visit www.BankWithArgent.com.  About Argent Bank  Argent Bank is the California dba of Sterling Savings Bank, the principal operating subsidiary of Sterling Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STSA) of Spokane, Washington. Sterling Savings Bank is a Washington state chartered and federally insured commercial bank that also does business as Sterling Bank in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Argent Bank offers banking products and services, mortgage lending, and trust and investment products to individuals, small businesses, corporations and other commercial organizations. As of Dec. 31, 2013, Sterling Financial Corporation had assets of $10.3 billion and operated depository branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. Visit Argent Bank’s website at www.bankwithargent.com.  Contact:  Argent Bank Cara L. Coon, 509-626-5348 cara.coon@bankwithsterling.com  
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