September 25, 2013

First Business Financial Services, Inc. Makes Initial Appearance on Sandler O'Neill + Partners "Sm-All Stars" List

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:FBIZ), is pleased to announce it has been named to the prestigious Sandler O’Neill + Partners Sm-All Stars List for 2013.

Sandler O’Neill + Partners uses a multi-level screening methodology based on eight financial variables to evaluate all publicly-traded banks and thrifts with a market cap of $25 million to $2.5 billion. Based on their analysis, which focused on growth, profitability, credit quality and capital strength, Sandler O’Neill + Partners identified the top performing small-cap depository institutions to compile their annual list of Sm-All Stars for 2013.  First Business Financial Services, Inc. was included as one of only 31 institutions, out of the initial 450 evaluated, to be recognized for "delivering bottom line results that are markedly better than the industry as a whole."

"Being named to the Sm-All Stars List for the first time is an honor we are extremely proud of," said Corey A. Chambas, President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.  "We believe our inclusion in this list of very high performing companies is a result of our focus and dedication to building long-term value for our shareholders."

About First Business Financial Services, Inc.

First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:FBIZ) is a Wisconsin-based bank holding company, focused on the unique needs of businesses, business executives, and high net worth individuals. First Business offers commercial banking, specialty finance, and private wealth management solutions, and because of its niche focus, is able to provide its clients with unmatched expertise, accessibility, and responsiveness. For additional information, visit or call (608) 238-8008.

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James F. Ropella
Senior Vice President and CFO
First Business Financial Services, Inc.