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As an ambitious business owner on a determined path to reach your goals, you need financial experts who truly understand the barriers and high stakes to success. At First Business, we don’t just talk the talk. Our company’s entrepreneurial roots drive our daily interactions and strategies. Founded in 1990 by Jerry Smith, First Business was the first business-focused bank in the Midwest, started in Madison, Wisconsin, with 167 investors, just a handful of employees, and more ambition than one could harness.

In 1995, First Business added asset-based lending services, and two years later began providing equipment finance and leasing services. In 1999, we added trust and investment services, and in 2000 expanded to the Milwaukee area. In 2005, First Business went public on the NASDAQ exchange as FBIZ. As a publicly traded company, we continued to grow, and in 2006 added locations in Northeast Wisconsin. In 2012, the firm successfully completed a $29 million equity raise and began offering accounts receivable financing services nationwide. In 2014, First Business added a location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and successfully purchased the holding company of Alterra Bank in Kansas City, KS.

Since that very first day, we’ve been determined to help our clients succeed with a rare level of attention to client service. This not only differentiates our people, but it also shows our commitment to integrity and to our greater communities. We like the Latin expression “acta non verba” — through “deeds not words,” we focus our client-centered solutions on the whole health of your business and personal wealth.

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FBIZ

First Business Financial Services is the parent company of the First Business family of companies, managing shareholder relations, and providing access to capital for our operating entities. Additionally, First Business Financial Services provides its subsidiaries with cost-effective corporate services, including human resources, finance, information technology, and marketing. Sign up to receive FBIZ Financial updates.

RECOGNITION

We appreciate the awards and recognition we receive for our commitment to clients, employees, and the communities in which we live and work.

98% CLIENT SATISFACTION RATING

as reported through an annual client survey conducted by an independent research firm

2017 Business Bank of the Year

awarded by readers of InBusiness Magazine

2017 Wealth Management Company of the Year

awarded by readers of InBusiness Magazine

2016 #1 PREFERRED BUSINESS BANK

awarded by readers of InBusiness Magazine

2016 #1 PREFERRED WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM

awarded by readers of InBusiness Magazine

2016 WAUKESHA COUNTY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

awarded by Waukesha County Business Alliance

2016 BEST PLACES TO WORK AWARD

awarded by Milwaukee Business Journal

2015 FASTEST GROWTH RANKING

ranked 1st in Wisconsin and 35th overall for fastest growth by a bank’s trust provider in Bank Director Magazine

2015 #1 PREFERRED WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM

awarded by readers of InBusiness Magazine

2015 #1 PREFERRED BUSINESS BANK 

awarded by readers of InBusiness Magazine

6TH FASTEST GROWING WISCONSIN-BASED PUBLIC COMPANY

awarded by Milwaukee Business Journal

TOP 40 PUBLICLY TRADED COMMUNITY BANKS

ranked by its 3-year average return on average equity (“ROAE”) by American Banker

NASDAQ GLOBAL SELECT

met qualifying criteria for this prestigious list

MEMBER OF THE “SM-ALL STARS” LIST

inclusion by Sandler O’Neill + Partners