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Entrepreneurs have big dreams and sometimes a mountain of challenges in the way. We should know — First Business was founded in 1990 by Jerry Smith and his partners, who raised capital from 167 local investors. Since that time, we’ve been involved with startups and emerging technology companies of all sorts, helping them become established, connecting them to sources of capital, and providing a specialized suite of banking services. We’re just what entrepreneurs need — a full-service financial partner who genuinely cares.

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Connected Locally

Through our years of working with early stage companies, we’ve developed a reputation for dedication to entrepreneurship and the unique challenges in the business climate. Our dedication shows through our membership in and support of:

• BioForward

• Wisconsin Technology Council

• Vision Summit

• Early Stage Symposium

• Wisconsin SBIR Conference

• Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Conference

• Forward Festival

• Wisconsin Innovation Awards

• Angels on the Water

• Venture Debt Program

• Kansas City Startup Foundation

• KCSourceLink

• Enterprise Center in Johnson County

• Whiteboard2Boardroom


First Business offers specific expertise, resources, and financial services as your company grows. Our emerging tech suite of services includes:

• Operating checking account

• High-yield money market account

• Online banking package that includes bill pay

• Mobile app and mobile check deposit

• Equipment finance loans

• Private banking

• Capital-raising resources