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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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Successful Meetings Start Here

As the Event Planner for First Business, I’m tasked with planning a variety of meetings and events. Some of these events, like our educational client seminars, are pretty “cookie cutter”…

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Good Choices and Transitions Make Life Sweeter

Navigating life transitions is never easy or straightforward. They always seem to come with some measure of self-doubt that sometimes isn’t reconciled easily. I’ve navigated a few big shifts, including…

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Interview with an Intern: A Compelling Conversation about Mentoring

Co-written by MaShawnda Howard, Commercial Banking Operations Intern MaShawnda Howard joined my team at First Business Bank in 2016 as a Commercial Loan Servicing Intern for a one-semester commitment. More…

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Emerging Leaders Embracing Our Communities

If there’s a common theme I hear from business leaders, it’s how they don’t have enough time. This isn’t a blog about how they can find more time – they…

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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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