Business Focus

Do Men’s Underwear Purchases Indicate an Economic Downturn? – Business Article

Written by Nancy Johnshoy, CFA, Vice President 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, unscientific economic indicators. Our very own revered former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, for instance, evaluated the state of men’s underwear purchases as an economic indicator. His theory went that men wear underwear forever – until it has holes in it…

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Successful Meetings Start Here – First Business – Business Article

Written by Maria Peot, Event Planner 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” – we’ve been doing them a long time and they follow a basic structure. These two-hour events are relatively simple to plan and execute, but require a high level of quality because they are client-facing. Others, like our company Sales Summit, are held less…

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Leading Your Business Through a Crisis – Business Article

Written by Jim Hartlieb, President 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 what I could do to help. Of course, their top concern was the recovery — emotional and physical — of their traumatized employees. Four were physically injured – thankfully none critically. The day after the incident, Joel Fields, CFO of Paradigm, called me and said,…

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A New Era in Data Privacy – Business Article

Written by Dawn Wilcox, Director of IT Security & Compliance 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 to us that our clients, who are also concerned about protecting data privacy for their businesses, are aware of the latest expert advice. On Data Privacy Day, January 28, I recommend you visit the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Stay…

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