Opening New Accounts II – Business Accounts
Managing risk is the #1 priority for all financial institutions and it all starts at the new account desk.

Well-trained bankers who can recognize and stop attempted dishonest activity are the first line of defense in protecting a financial institution. 

Unfortunately, too often, new account personnel are trained “on the job” which results in an environment of potential vulnerability and unnecessary losses. This risk is magnified when dealing with business accounts. When opening a commercial account, verifying if a business entity is legal and who is authorized to transact business on behalf of that entity is crucial. In this two hour webinar, we will investigate the types of business entities available in most states and clarify who has authority to open the account and ultimately sign the resolutions.

We highly recommend you have a copy of your financial institution’s account agreement/signature card and resolutions nearby to follow along during the session. To customize it to your state law, you may also want to view your Secretary of State website to access information on forming business structures in your home state.

This is Part 2 of a three-part series. The first session is on Tuesday, April 11, and the third on Wednesday, April 26. You can attend all sessions or each one individually.

This is for Part II only. For series pricing, CLICK HERE.

Covered Topics

  • Understanding signature card contracts and proper account opening procedures for each type of business
  • Why are there so many business entities available?
  • Understanding risk from the business client’s perspective
  • Which businesses need to obtain an EIN?
  • Are business signers subject to OFAC and CIP requirements?
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • General, Limited, and Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLLP)
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC/SLLC)
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit associations and charitable organizations
  • Escrow/Agency/Intermediary
  • Interest on lawyer accounts
  • Public or governmental units
  • Detailed explanation of business resolutions (have a copy of your financial institution’s resolution available during the training session)
  • Access after the death of a business account signer
  • FinCEN – New customer due diligence effective 2018


All customer contact personnel, supervisors and officers whose responsibilities include opening or managing new accounts and certificates of deposit. Excellent for supervisors or officers who have authority to “waive” documentation requirements. Internal Auditors and Compliance Officers will find the information exceptionally beneficial as well.


Suzette (Suzie) Jones, CFP® is an associate trainer for Sunwest Training Corp. With 40 years of experience in the financial industry, Suzie most recently served as an Executive Vice President with an $11B financial organization where she was an active member of the AML, BSA, Personal/Corporate Risk and Non-Bank Product Risk committees. Suzie has focused her career on technical expertise in the areas of new accounts risk management, IRAs, qualified retirement accounts and investments. Suzie brings technical information to life with her engaging training style and in-depth knowledge. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) professional designation.

Credit Information

Institute of Certified Bankers: Visit http://www.icbmembers.org/login.aspx for instructions regarding self-reporting. Estimated credits: 2.5 CE Credits


  • Live Webinar which includes 5 Day On-Demand  - $265
  • Six Month On-Demand – $295
  • Live plus Six Month On-Demand – $365
  • CD-ROM (Includes Six Month On-Demand) – $345
  • Premier (Includes all options) – $395
  • Additional Locations – $75               


Online: Click here.

Phone: Call Total Training Solutions at (800) 831-0678

Register online up to day of event. Earlier registration allows time to check your computer for an optimal experience.