Several years ago when Colorado native and longtime FirstBank customer, Sean Smiley, wanted to leave a successful career in the oil and gas business and invest his life savings into creating an all agave-based spirits distillery, not everyone was onboard. But Smiley had good reason for this drastic lifestyle change: to spend more time with… Read More

I have so much respect for small business owners.  Each day they make hundreds of small and large decisions.  Some decisions are relatively simple, like what brand of coffee to buy for the break room or what company to use for overnight shipping.  But more commonly, the decisions made are far more difficult and impact… Read More

It’s rare to find a local business so committed to the beautiful state of Colorado that all their meats, drinks—even their insurance and bank accounts 😉 —are from locally owned and operated companies. That’s what we found in Fort Collins’ newest restaurant and FirstBank customer, The Colorado Room. Proud owners Danny Shea and Justin Serr… Read More

Innovation. Passion. Accountability.  Given OtterBox’s commitment to its core values — or “Ottertude,” as they like to call it — it’s easy to see how the Fort Collins-based company has become a dominant player in the global market for smartphone and tablet protective cases. OtterBox got started in 1998 and is on its way to… Read More

From our experience working with thousands of businesses — from small start-ups to nationally recognized brands — we can tell you that overnight success stories are more the exception than the rule.  Knowing that launching a business involves a lot of hard work, research, testing and money, here are three important questions to ask yourself… Read More