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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Vishing

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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The Latest Word on the Current Market

The life of an investment professional is hard work. I’m up against a lot of deadlines, I need to be extremely detail oriented and analytical, and people need to be…

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…

Focusing on Fundamentals

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…

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