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My Calling to Serve the United Way - Honoring Unsung Heroes

I have been blessed throughout my life by the generosity of others. I come from humble beginnings, growing up on the southwest side of Chicago in a single-parent home with…

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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…

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Leading Your Business Through a Crisis

Last year, one of my clients, Paradigm, LLC, faced a horrific event — a workplace shooting. As soon as I heard the news, I texted CEO Nate Herbst to see…

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A New Era in Data Privacy

As best practices for maintaining data privacy continue to evolve, I lead the effort at First Business to enact and ensure our employees stringently follow them. It’s also extremely important…

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Breaking Down Goals to Achieve Them

Recently while exercising, I was listening to the Nike podcast “Trained.” One item about breaking down goals really got my attention and I’d like to share my thoughts on it.…

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How I Handled the Need for a New Challenge

Back in 2011, when I decided to fully pursue my career in the events industry, I enrolled in the Meeting & Event Management Program at Madison College. Going back to…

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Economic Analysis: 2018 and Beyond

People are always interested in the markets and the economy but never more so than at year end and especially in times of turbulence. As an expert in any chosen…

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3 New Year’s Goals to Improve Relationships

With the new year upon us, so many people focus on changing their appearance and health with the ultimate goal of improving their happiness. In fact, estimates show that 45…

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Sounding the Labor Shortage Alarm

Sounding the Labor Shortage Alarm

Everywhere I go, everyone is talking about the pervasive labor shortage. Clients ask daily if we know anyone to fill key positions. There are hiring signs in windows in almost…

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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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How One Client Saved My Career

How One Client Saved My Career

Just out of grad school with no practical experience and an MBA in hand, an encounter with a single client at my very first job likely saved my entire career…

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Safe Holiday Shopping Tips 2.0

 As an IT professional at First Business, part of my job is staying on top of ever-changing security challenges and helping our employees to navigate them. As an update to…

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