• Community Support

First Business proudly supports the community...

First Business and its 200+ employees are involved in the community in many ways. A recent employee survey indicated that in 2014, our employees volunteered their free time to 140 local organizations and sat on over 70 local boards and committees including: Angels on the Water, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Elmbrook Humane Society, Independent Living, Safe Babies Healthy Families, Meriter Foundation, and United Way.

First Business is also involved in the Rosenberry Society Events and Activities, American Heart Association Walk, Dane County Humane Society, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Community Education Center, Salvation Army holiday donation drives, and other volunteer events like Habitat for Humanity.

We are featuring Jim Hartlieb, Senior Vice President - Business Development, on one of his organizations, the Middleton Outreach Ministry.

“First Business has been an active supporter of the not-for-profit community for many years and is proud to include MOM in the list of the many organizations we have supported over the years. The Bank’s gift to MOM’s Capital Campaign is a testament to our commitment to the community and our confidence in an awesome organization – thanks for all the great things you do in our community, MOM!”

Nonprofit Board Involvement

First Business Vice President, Kim Preston, is the President of the Board of Directors for Safe Babies Healthy Families, as well as the Elmbrook Humane Society.

Safe Babies Healthy Families primary focus is to break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and poverty in our communities. The organization offers many educational classes and resources in conjunction with major healthcare and supportive organizations in the Greater Milwaukee area.

First Business Senior Vice President – Director of Treasury Management, Beth Korth, is the Treasurer for the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will be the leader in youth development programs by developing partnerships to produce positive outcomes for young people, families, and communities. Its priorities are to create a world class experience for 10,000 young people, and foster and leverage value-added partnerships to connect members to meaningful opportunities.

First Business Assistant Vice President, Peggy Stoop is a past President of TEMPO Waukesha.

Tempo Waukesha is a non-profit organization for executive and professional persons in the Waukesha County area. It was established to provide a network for leaders and future leaders, to increase awareness of issues and trends within the community and to develop the strengths and talents of female executives.

Community Leadership

First Business Bank – Northeast, has created two premiere events in the Northeast region, Manufacturing First and Enterprising NONPROFITS. Manufacturing First is a two day event designed for Wisconsin Manufacturers to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments, and provide premier networking opportunities. Enterprising NONPROFITS is an all-day interactive conference that allows for-profit and nonprofit business leaders, executive directors, business development directors and volunteer coordinators to collaborate and share best practices.

Scholarship Funds

First Business, along with GPS Education Partners, is pleased to announce the establishment of a $75,000 scholarship fund for local students interested in manufacturing. This new scholarship will provide financial assistance to create opportunities for those wanting to participate in the innovative 21 month program, or the new Advance Manufacturing Certificate Pathway. First Business provided the intial invesment of $75,000 to establish the scholarship fund.
Manufacturing First, an event organized by First Business, gives funds at the Excellence in Manufacturing/ K-12 Partnerships Awards. The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) hosts the event every year and believes it is critically important for manufacturers to work with and support education.The awards spotlight best practices throughout the New North region, and last year raised $10,000 for college scholarships. The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are attending a technical college in the New North in a manufacturing-related degree program.


Milwaukee employees support and are featured in the United Way Live United campaign for Waukesha County. Milwaukee employees have also contributed to the Sausage 5K run/walk, the RiverWalk for Breast Cancer in Waukesha, and the My Kidneys Run/Walk. (pictured right). First Business friends and family participated in the My Kidneys Run/Walk in support of the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin. The team was sponsored by the First Business Wellness Committee in honor of First Business employee Sarah Szejn's brave husband Jason for donating a kidney to his sister Julie.

The employees of First Business give their time and skills to build a house for a local family. The construction was done in the First Business Bank Center parking lot in UW Research Park and is called a "Panel Build" by Habitat for Humanity. The purpose of a Panel Build is to construct all of the wall panels necessary to build an entire home. The project benefited the Morris family, originally from Ghana West Africa. The Morris family came to the United States to fulfill their dream of giving their children the best education, a better life, and owning their own home, The father of the Morris family was on the jobsite to personally thank the volunteers.

First Business employees participate in United Way's Day of Caring at Gilda's Club in Middleton. Featured in this photo are: (second row left to right) Shirley Woodbeck, Administrative Assistant; Theresa Wiese, Senior Vice President; Jodie Johnson, Vice President; Dawn Wilcox, Vice President; Bonnie Van Epps, Vice President; (first row left to right) Tami Loy, IT Service & Support Manager; Terry Goehring, Collateral Analyst Specialist; Melanie Cass, Client Relationship Specialist; Mike Sergeant, Credit Analyst.

Charitable Contributions

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.

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.

Service Awards

First Business Bank President & CEO, Dave Vetta, is Past Co-Chair of United Way, and was recently recognized by Carroll University with the P.E. MacAllister Distinguished Alumnus Award for Service.

As a Carroll Universtiy alumnus, Dave has remained connected to his alma mater. He admits he felt some responsibility early on to stay involved, but that obligation quickly turned into genuine commitment, "Once you take a look at what goes on here and the caliber and energy of the students, faculty and administration; it grabs you and pulls you in."

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