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

Business Online Payroll represents a great value. Pricing includes payroll
processing, tax filings and payments, direct deposit, W2s plus more. For
additional details, visit

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

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


Argent Bank
Cara L. Coon, 509-626-5348
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