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Do Men’s Underwear Purchases Indicate an Economic Downturn?

As humans, we’re hardwired to dislike uncertainty. We gravitate toward patterns and predictability, in general preferring the known. Perhaps that’s why over the years different people have developed rather colorful,…

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle Has Been the Key to Success

As a full-time mom and full-time professional, I’m about as strapped for time as anyone. It’s so easy to start to cut corners and skip things like exercise or focusing…

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Successful Meetings Start Here

As the Event Planner for First Business, I’m tasked with planning a variety of meetings and events. Some of these events, like our educational client seminars, are pretty “cookie cutter”…

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Good Choices and Transitions Make Life Sweeter

Navigating life transitions is never easy or straightforward. They always seem to come with some measure of self-doubt that sometimes isn’t reconciled easily. I’ve navigated a few big shifts, including…

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Interview with an Intern: A Compelling Conversation about Mentoring

Co-written by MaShawnda Howard, Commercial Banking Operations Intern MaShawnda Howard joined my team at First Business Bank in 2016 as a Commercial Loan Servicing Intern for a one-semester commitment. More…

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Emerging Leaders Embracing Our Communities

If there’s a common theme I hear from business leaders, it’s how they don’t have enough time. This isn’t a blog about how they can find more time – they…

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My Calling to Serve the United Way - Honoring Unsung Heroes

I have been blessed throughout my life by the generosity of others. I come from humble beginnings, growing up on the southwest side of Chicago in a single-parent home with…

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Leading Your Business Through a Crisis

Last year, one of my clients, Paradigm, LLC, faced a horrific event — a workplace shooting. As soon as I heard the news, I texted CEO Nate Herbst to see…

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A New Era in Data Privacy

As best practices for maintaining data privacy continue to evolve, I lead the effort at First Business to enact and ensure our employees stringently follow them. It’s also extremely important…

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Breaking Down Goals to Achieve Them

Recently while exercising, I was listening to the Nike podcast “Trained.” One item about breaking down goals really got my attention and I’d like to share my thoughts on it.…

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How I Handled the Need for a New Challenge

Back in 2011, when I decided to fully pursue my career in the events industry, I enrolled in the Meeting & Event Management Program at Madison College. Going back to…

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Economic Analysis: 2018 and Beyond

People are always interested in the markets and the economy but never more so than at year end and especially in times of turbulence. As an expert in any chosen…

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