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The 4 Most Common Retirement Plan Errors

By Aaron Osten, Vice President, First Business Trust & Investments From its humble beginnings more than 40 years ago in the United States Revenue Act of 1978, the 401(k) has…

economic analysis

Quarterly Market Review Q1 2019

The economy decelerated noticeably in Q4 2018 on softer consumer spending, declining federal outlays — partly due to the government shutdown — and weak residential investment. However, still-solid business investment…

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4 Real Check Fraud Scams Showcase Importance of Fraud Protection

By Theresa Wiese, Managing Director of Compliance & Risk Management While high-tech fraud makes splashy headlines, good old-fashioned check fraud is still the number one fraud threat, according to the…

First Business CEO Report

CEO Report 4th Quarter 2018

For First Business, 2018 was an important year of executing our plan. We set out with goals for balance sheet growth, talent expansion, asset quality improvement, and increased profitability. Our…

business equipment financing

The Advantage of Section 179 for Business Equipment Financing

By Patrick Kuhn, Vice President – Equipment Finance If you buy or finance equipment for your business, you’ll want to be familiar with this part of the U.S. Internal Revenue…

Local economic trends

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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