FirstBank’s mission is to help businesses get big. It’s one of the reasons we advertise customers on billboards and feature them on our blog. It’s also why we partner with our customers for different programs and campaigns such as Food Truck Friday or Capture the Cube.  If we have a corporate event or a customer appreciation effort, we always… Read More


Which One is Best for You? Businesses are very similar to a living, breathing entity. And much like living beings, your business needs nourishment to grow. Instead of vegetables and vitamins though, your business’ nourishment is cash.  Cash helps transform your vision to reality, increases your buying power, expands your physical footprint and hires more… Read More


With 2017 here and company budgets top of mind, there seems to be a misconception that most businesses need heavy-hitting resources to effectively market themselves. While marketing can be costly, it doesn’t have to be. There are several tips and tricks that can help you promote your business on a large level for little cost.… Read More


An Emmy award-winning visual effect artist, two fans of Nintendo and a passion for brewing – these are the ingredients behind one of Phoenix’s favorite craft breweries, 8-Bit Aleworks. Started by Ryan and Krystina Whitten in 2015, 8-Bit’s name and retro-gaming theme was inspired from the Nintendo game console the husband-wife duo played as kids. The… Read More


FirstBank Launches 90 Seconds to Success Yep. You heard that right! FirstBank’s popular business video competition is back. Renamed “90 Seconds to Success,” the contest will award two companies—one in Colorado and one in Arizona— $20,000 each (twenty thousand dollars each!). Runners-up in both states will receive $2,500. How it works: Business owners can enter… Read More


Sometimes the best things in life come from unlikely sources. This is at least what longtime Colorado resident and practicing lawyer, Elizabeth “Biz” McDermott, has taught us about her Denver-based food truck, Keenwah, Co. The University of Denver law graduate and self-proclaimed health and fitness enthusiast realized she wasn’t in love with her career path and… Read More


Mandy and Steven Smith, owners of the award-winning food truck Crock Spot, don’t have a typical story of falling into the food business. They never owned a restaurant. They didn’t go to culinary school. They didn’t work in the industry. In fact, Mandy was a life coach in San Francisco, and Steven was an actor… Read More


Sana Hamelin was scrolling through online newsfeeds, when a Mashable headline caught her attention: “On the Greatest Day Ever, America’s First Cat Café Opens.” The story was about a promotional stunt from pet food company Purina that was playing on a popular cat-and-coffee craze that swept its way through Japan, Taiwan and Europe. At that… Read More


Several years ago, a few friends and I decided to start a business. The business? Give event-goers, nightlife crowds and tourists free rides to Denver’s most popular bars and restaurants. And have the bars and restaurants, interested in getting an influx of new customers, pay us. After sinking countless hours and thousands of dollars into… Read More