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Payments Fraud

Payments Fraud – The "New Normal"?

There’s no returning to the quaint era of the 1960s when Frank Abagnale, Jr., crossed the country committing check fraud left and right, as detailed in the movie “Catch Me…

Madison First Business Team

Focusing on Fundamentals Reaps Rewards

Before transitioning to banking a year ago, part of my law practice over many years involved representing coaches and professional athletes. Through those connections, I’m still pleased to call several…

Distraction is a Blessing in Disguise

Distraction is a Blessing in Disguise

At work, I consider distraction my enemy. (Let me be clear that it’s almost always my own fault.) Like a lot of people, I’m often working on projects that require…

raindrops on handlebar

The Key to Happiness is No Expectations

Long-time readers will notice that most of my blogs come to me while I’m biking because, well, that’s when I have quiet time to think. I wasn’t able to bike…

First Business CEO speaking at Season of Caring

Volunteer Time Off Builds Strong Work Teams

The other day, a newer employee made an observation that beautifully encompassed how I feel about working at First Business. He said, “It feels like we’re all in this together…

market review

Is This A Goldilocks Economy?

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest, and soon she came upon a house. The breaking and entering…

Kansas City Business Loans

Making Good on Promises in Kansas City

Earlier this year, we promised “More For You, More for KC” through an ad campaign in the Kansas City area that pledged a respectable CD rate, but also the assurance…

the difference is the people

La Tienda The Difference Is The People

Recently I was thinking about the little stores that I’ve seen in Central America and Mexico. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to learn Spanish for the fourth time and things…

zak showalter

Structure is Key to Setting Your Goals High

I recently read an article about how different the job market environment is today for college graduates compared to when their parents were entering the workforce a few decades ago.…

ripple effect in water

Harnessing the Ripple Effect for Good

One rock thrown into a pond creates ripples. Sometimes you see the rock as it’s thrown, but other times you only have time to react to the ripples. We don’t…

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When Teamwork Makes All The Difference

We’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s no ‘I’ in team.” For many people, this may be a meaningless, everyday expression, but to me these few words encompass one of the…

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

As a teenager, I had several different jobs in the Milwaukee area – the punch-in, punch-out type you need to pay for car parts and gas. Soon enough I was…

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