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The Advantage of Section 179 for Business Equipment Financing

Read This Before Buying Business Equipment By Stu Goddard, Managing Director of Vendor Programs If you buy or finance equipment for your business, you’ll want to be familiar with this…

economic analysis

Quarterly Market Review Q4 2018

This past year was dominated by contradictory news of strong economic and earnings growth on one side and fears of trade wars, slower future growth, and rising interest rates on…

First Business Economic Survey

First Business Economic Survey Results

Get a highly anticipated look at the results of our most recent First Business Economic Survey. The First Business Economic Survey reflects executives’ assessments of this year’s overall and regional…

First Business CEO Report

CEO Report 3rd Quarter 2018

Determination and perseverance were on full display at First Business during the third quarter of 2018, with solid financial performance and several significant events demonstrating our focus on execution. We…


Ransomware Reporting Checklist

Reporting any ransomware attack (whether it was successful or not) is important to help the FBI stop the fraudsters from inflicting more damage worldwide. If you experience a ransomware or…

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Ransomware Prevention Checklist

Use this checklist of best practices to help prevent a ransomware attack from damaging your organization.  Thwart ransomware damage to your company by ensuring you have a tested and reliable…


Ransomware: Tips for this top threat to your business

Imagine you’re working quietly at your computer when suddenly a menacing message appears on the screen. All the data on your computer and your network has been seized from your…

sba loans

“Small” Business Loans Are Larger Than You Think

Of all the common misconceptions surrounding the business loan programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), one is particularly perplexing: the idea that SBA loans are limited to…

fraud protection checklist

Fraud Protection Checklist

Protecting Your Business: Avoid free, web-based email accounts. Monitor content on corporate social media accounts, particularly job duties/descriptions, hierarchal information and out-of-office details. Raise suspicion about a request for secrecy…

crowdfunding for small business

The Case for Crowdfunding for Small Businesses

Starting a business can be tough going, but consistently growing it over time may prove even more difficult. For both startup costs and ongoing capital needs, crowdfunding has become a…

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What to Consider When Applying for an SBA Loan

Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) loan guarantee programs, along with its variety of other services, help thousands of local and less-established companies around the country find their footing.…

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Using SBA Loans For Business Acquisitions

Considering the loan requirements, favorable funding terms, and other details, it’s no wonder why U.S. small businesses receive millions of dollars in financing through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) every year. The…

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