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Structure is Key to Setting Your Goals High

I recently read an article about how different the job market environment is today for college graduates compared to when their parents were entering the workforce a few decades ago.…

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Harnessing the Ripple Effect for Good

One rock thrown into a pond creates ripples. Sometimes you see the rock as it’s thrown, but other times you only have time to react to the ripples. We don’t…

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CEO Report Second Quarter 2019

Record second quarter results highlight the strength of the company’s core earnings power, which we believe to be on a stable, upward trajectory. We’ve cultivated a meaningful competitive advantage driven…

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When Teamwork Makes All The Difference

We’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s no ‘I’ in team.” For many people, this may be a meaningless, everyday expression, but to me these few words encompass one of the…

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

As a teenager, I had several different jobs in the Milwaukee area – the punch-in, punch-out type you need to pay for car parts and gas. Soon enough I was…

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Financing Options for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Starting and running a business is increasingly challenging for veterans as many report difficulty accessing enough capital to carry out their business plans. This on-demand webinar, presented by First Business…

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Going Above & Beyond: The Client Experience

Recently, a business client sent me a text saying they had a personal emergency. I quickly called to see how I could help. The client was on vacation and needed…

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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…

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Do Men’s Underwear Purchases Indicate an Economic Downturn?

As humans, we’re hardwired to dislike uncertainty. We gravitate toward patterns and predictability, in general preferring the known. Perhaps that’s why over the years different people have developed rather colorful,…

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Quarterly Market Review Q3 2019

As the record-long expansion continued in the 3rd quarter, the impact of the trade conflict with China was evident throughout the quarter as manufacturing data softened, exports and global trading…

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle Has Been the Key to Success

As a full-time mom and full-time professional, I’m about as strapped for time as anyone. It’s so easy to start to cut corners and skip things like exercise or focusing…

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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…

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