How can you ensure that your business is maximizing efficiency and productivity? Here are some strategies you can implement to help a business run smarter, smoother and level the playing field between small organizations and large corporations. Artificial Intelligence Providing quality customer service can be costly and might not be feasible for smaller businesses. Instead… Read More


Fraud is a significant issue faced by organizations around the world. No matter the size, location, or industry, any company can fall victim. There are several tactics to effectively avoid fraud, but it can be overwhelming when you don’t know what to look for. We want to help you simplify it for your business with… Read More


With the New Year almost here and 2018 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… Read More


In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about processed chemicals and added sugars, Denver-based Stem Ciders, offers something refreshingly simple in their crave-able ciders: all natural ingredients. The urban cidery, tucked away in Denver’s RiNo district, makes all of its ciders – from its Raspberry Apple Cider to its flagship Real Dry Apple… Read More


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


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