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Make Progress On Your Big Goals This Year with EnlightenTM

I always admire and appreciate the optimistic energy that surrounds each new year. Acknowledging last year’s experiences, creating fresh goals and action plans, and setting off on a positive course…

Stick to a plan

Stick to a Plan! 

It is important to stick to a plan when trying to accomplish a major goal or project, a fact I was able to put to the test this past year…

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Business Strategy: How to Gain Efficiencies

At this time of year, our company, like many others, focuses on strategic planning, and one of our initiatives relates to ongoing efficiency. When our bank was first founded, some…

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Sounding the Alarm on Small Business Fraud

Recently, a survey of small business owners revealed that almost half believe they’re not big enough to be targets of fraud. The reality is businesses of all sizes have become…

Culture & Retention in Manufacturing

Culture & Retention in Manufacturing

With a new year fast approaching, I reached out to a few regional manufacturers to see what was on their minds as they begin to look out to 2020 and…

power of being aware

The Power of Being Aware

I was recently having breakfast with a friend and business associate, and as we were leaving, I commented that it looked like he had lost quite a bit of weight.…

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The Joy of Giving

 “Receiving is the natural result of giving.” – The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann With the holidays around the corner, this can be a busy time of…

Importance of Giving back

Charity: The Importance of Giving Back

“We make a living not by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill This insightful quote resonates with me because charity is…

Why you need a CPA

A CPA, a Banker, and a Business Owner – The Perfect Trio

A lot of people are surprised to find out I had a previous life as an accountant before I got into lending 20 years ago. I know the stereotypes about…


A Call to Volunteer With Veterans

Growing up, always a storyteller, I invented a story that my father didn’t want to talk about his service in Vietnam because it was too painful. After what we learned…


New for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Vishing

As a new member of the IT Security Team at First Business, it amazes me how proactive a person or a business must be to maintain their IT security. Every…

business agility

Agility: It’s Not Just For Athletics Anymore

Recently I was on my bike riding past a marshy area when I saw a red-winged blackbird attacking a sandhill crane. It reminded me of something I see much more…

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