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How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Risk management is a key component in any successful business plan. In today’s world — where data breaches are common occurrences — it’s especially important for business owners to understand the digital risks they face. Are you doing all you can to mitigate the risk of a cyberattack?

The importance of cybersecurity

Many small-business owners … Read More ›

6 Tips for How to Grow Your Business

Starting your own business takes passion, dedication and a huge amount of courage. And after years of doing everything yourself, you might find that you’re ready to take your business to the next level.

To find out what it takes to grow your business, we asked several mid-sized Evanston businesses about how they transitioned from start-ups … Read More ›

Ways to Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks

As a small business owner, you might think computer hackers aren’t that interested in going after you. After all, aren’t large companies like Target, Home Depot and others more worth the hackers’ time?

Surprisingly, no. According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 43 percent of all cyber attacks affect small businesses, and small businesses have … Read More ›

Expanding Opportunities for Women in Business

March is Women’s History Month, and at First Bank & Trust, we thought it would be a great time to honor women business leaders in our community.

Today, according to the National Women’s Business Council, 36.3 percent of all privately-held businesses in the United States are owned by women, up from 28.8 percent in 2007. Women … Read More ›

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