First Business Bank

Our Company

A bank built for business.

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The First Business-focused Bank in the Midwest

There’s a reason we’re called First Business Bank.

Founder Jerry Smith reinvented banking over thirty years ago, launching a business-focused bank that addressed the unique needs of business owners. 

By employing bankers and entrepreneurs, each with expertise in their clients’ business, Jerry sparked an idea that each of our now 300+ employees holds close. A client focus leads to expertise, which leads to client success. Your success.

Making Banking For Businesses Easy

Experience. The Advantage. Your Advantage.

The groundwork laid by our founder, Jerry Smith, and his associates more than 30 years ago continues to provide stable footing for us today. 

While we’ve grown to a publicly traded company with over $2 billion in assets and expanded to include Private Wealth, Specialty Finance, and Bank Consulting, we’ve never wavered from our mission: be the experts our clients deserve. 

The Personal Side of Business Banking

We create value by living our values.

We Listen First
We ask a lot of questions and always put people first, building long-lasting relationships and learning more every day.
We Help Clients Succeed
Our best days at work are when we guide clients to successful results. We return phone calls. We find solutions. It’s a responsibility that transcends roles and titles.
We Aspire to be Good People
We reward kindness and honest feedback. We make time for our families and contribute to our communities.

The People Behind Better Banking For Businesses

Meet the people guiding our client focus and tailored commercial banking services. 

Giving Back To Our Communities

We want to create a wealth of good in the world.

Recently named an “Outstanding Business” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, we’ve donated thousands of hours and supported over 500 organizations in the last year. 

The Results of Our Commitment

We appreciate the awards and recognition we receive for our commitment to clients, employees, and the communities in which we live and work.

Top Workplaces USA Award

Awarded by Energage, 2022

Madison, WI Top Workplaces 2022 Award

awarded by WI State Journal 2022

5-Star Rated

Awarded by BauerFinancial, 2022

#1 Preferred Wealth Management Firm

Awarded by readers of InBusiness magazine, 2014 - 2017, 2021

People's Choice Favorite for Wealth Management

Awarded by Madison.com, 2021 

Member Of The "SM-ALL STARS" List

Inclusion by Sandler O’Neil + Partners, 2013, 2021 

Largest Wisconsin-Based Public Companies Award

Awarded by Milwaukee Business Journal, 2021

Best Places To Work Award

Awarded by Milwaukee Business Journal, 2016, 2018 - 2021

Outstanding Business

Awarded for 2020 National Philanthropy Day

Top 10 Kansas City Commercial Lender by Loan Growth

awarded by Kansas City Business Journal, 2020

#1 Preferred Business Bank

Awarded by readers of InBusiness magazine, 2008 - 2020

AHA Workplace Health Achievement Index

Silver Recognition, 2019-2020

Game Changer Award

Awarded by United Way of Dane County, 2018 

Hand Raiser Award

Awarded by United Way of Dane County, 2018

Fastest Growth Ranking

Ranked 1st in WI and 35th overall for fastest growth by a bank’s trust provider in Bank Director Magazine, 2015

Waukesha County Business Of The Year Award

Awarded by Waukesha County Business Alliance, 2016 

6th Fastest Growing Wisconsin-Based Public Company

Awarded by Milwaukee Business Journal, 2016

Top 40 Publicly Traded Community Banks

Ranked by its 3-year average return on average equity by American Banker, 2014 

Nasdaq Global Select

2014

What our Clients Say

Benchmarking our performance to continuously improve

At First Business Bank, we strive to be better tomorrow than we are today. Our annual client survey, conducted by a third party, gauges client satisfaction and asks for ways we can improve. The resulting Net Promoter Score (NPS) — likelihood to recommend a company — allows us to compare our performance to that of other leading financial institutions. The results speak for themselves. 

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*NPS benchmarks reported by Qualtrics Nov. 2020.
**First Business Bank Annual Client Survey conducted by Dr. Moses Altsech May/June 2021.

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Newsroom

Find the latest press releases and news about First Business Bank, our board members, and our employees.

Investor Relations

First Business Financial Services (FBIZ) is the proud parent company of First Business Bank, providing shared corporate services to the entire organization. Our investor relations site offers earnings releases, presentations, financials, and more. 

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Join A Team Committed To Client Success

Are you passionate about helping businesses and people? You’ll be right at home with our team.

Insights to Guide Banking for Businesses

As a business-focused bank working all day, every day with business leaders, we discuss what’s effective in successful businesses through our First Business Bank podcast, articles, and our blog.

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Podcast

Protecting the Future of Your Family Business

Experts estimate that family-owned businesses worldwide contribute more than half of gross domestic product and two-thirds of employment. Family-owned businesses

Partner With The Business Bank Experts

You deserve business-focused banking that puts your success first.