Posted on 6/7/2017 11:34 AM By Tim Lathe, President, Chief Executive Officer
We often speak to the importance of family-owned business and its vital impact to our economy. After recent visits to several of our local community branches, it occurred to me that I haven’t highlighted one such local business sector – our friends in the agricultural industry. June is National Dairy Month, so there’s no better time to celebrate all agricultural providers, both large and small.
Technological advances are occurring at such a rapid pace in all fields; agriculture is certainly no exception. One First Bank client, Reinhardt Dairy in Red Bud, IL, has experienced first-hand the impact technology has made to its day-to-day operations. In a concerted effort to maximize productivity and offer their family a better lifestyle, Reinhardt Dairy recently invested in upgrading from the labor-intensive operations of yesterday to a fully-operational robotic farm facility. “We were spending 12 hours a day milking only 135 cows,” said David Reinhardt, owner and operator of ...
Posted on 5/30/2017 11:25 AM By First Bank
First Bank Celebrates National Small Business Week (April 30 – May 6)
At First Bank, we realize small business is the foundation of growth and prosperity in America. In fact, small business accounts for 66% of all net new job creation, according to the Small Business Association. We celebrate small business!
One such First Bank client, Just 4 Us Childcare, is poised for future growth and expansion. Patricia Frank, owner and founder of Just 4 Us Childcare, started her small business with a mission to find a way for parents who couldn't afford the most expensive child care, to still receive solid quality care. Just 4 Us Childcare, now in four locations and nationally accredited, continues to innovate with creative learning solutions for children. “We’ve always lead the industry in staying ahead of the curve and finding the newest and most creative ways to teach our children,” said Frank, “while giving them a safe and fun environment to grow and learn.”
She said ...