First Business and its 150 employees are involved in the community in many ways. Featured positions and recognition include:
A recent employee survey indicated First Business employees volunteer free time to 154 local organizations and sit on 76 local boards and committees. First Business employees make annual group contributions to United Way's Annual Day of Caring. First Business Bank - Milwaukee employees support and are featured in the United Way Live United campaign for Waukesha County. First Business Bank - Milwaukee employees have also contributed to the Sausage 5K run/wayk, and the RiverWalk for Breast Cancer in Waukesha (pictured right).
First Business was featured as a Top 10 Business in Waukesha County. The company was also awarded a Wisconsin Corporate Citizenship Award by Corporate Report Magazine and Edgewood College in recognition for its community support and employee relations.
Directors and staff of the bank wholeheartedly support making contributions to local charitable organizations in our market area. Our employees are approached individually by acquaintances, friends, and organizations and the giving process is difficult. In 2004, First Business established the First Business Charitable Foundation, Inc. to provide a funding mechanism and appropriate record keeping for the charitable contributions of three First Business entities: First Business Bank - Madison, First Business Bank - Milwaukee, and First Business Capital Corp.
Each entity has a corporate contributions committee that evaluates all requests for contributions and ensures that each need is given thoughtful consideration. All of our funds are earmarked for local charitable causes, with grants made to not-for-profit entities.