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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…

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Charity: The Importance of Giving Back

“We make a living not by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill This insightful quote resonates with me because charity is…


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By Christine Waldschmidt, JD, Vice President – Trust Advisor With the holiday season upon us, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. With…

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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…

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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…


7 Tips for Choosing a Wealth Management Firm

7 Tips for Choosing a Wealth Management Firm

By Brendan Freeman, President, First Business Trust & Investments Note: This article was first published in Enlighten™ magazine. Download a copy today and you’ll also receive future editions.  When choosing…


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A Conversation With Jan Eddy

Inspiring Women to Succeed Brendan Freeman, President, First Business Trust & Investments As a tech entrepreneur in the early 80s, Jan Eddy faced obstacles building her businesses and navigating the fledgling…

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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…



Solve These 4 Common Business Challenges With Factoring

By Bill Elliott, President, First Business Growth Funding As market volatility and other signs of potential economic slowdown continue to rear their heads, many business owners are beginning to prepare…

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