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Small Business Marketing Budget

Every small business needs to invest in marketing to grow. As a small business owner or manager, it can be very difficult to determine how much of your budget should be allocated to marketing, and what opportunities really move the needle. Where do you start?

Mentoring Vs. Managing: A Reflection on Leadership

Is a leader a good manager, a good mentor or both? Managing is the ability to oversee the “stuff”: timelines, projects and goals. Mentoring is sincerely caring about and engaging in the emotional and intellectual growth of another person. A good leader has to balance both.

Entrepreneurs – Time to Evaluate Your 2019 Goals

Entrepreneurs, by their nature, are goal-driven people. Normally, they take the time to thoroughly analyze an opportunity before they dive in. But often, by necessity, entrepreneurs switch to “get it done” mode once a project is underway. That may lead, over time, to a dimming of the original focus or desired goal.

How to Be Awesome

As we begin to approach the finish line of 2018 and start to look ahead to 2019, many people will set some personal goals for the New Year. This can often lead to a year-over-year series of expectations not met and no real personal growth. So why is it that some people are exceptional, and others just appear to be stuck in mediocrity?

Make Small Business Saturday Memorable – and Profitable

Small Business Saturday can be a big day for small businesses. This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 24, 2018. Sandwiched between big, corporate Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, it can be difficult for small businesses to stand out and drive sales.

Winning with Culture

A company’s culture can have a powerful impact on its performance. In fact, Peter Drucker has often been credited for saying that culture eats strategy for breakfast. Culture is the glue that binds an organization together and is something that is difficult for competitors to copy. With that in mind, one can come to the conclusion that culture is a competitive advantage for high- performing organizations.

Sales and Marketing Love Connection

Historically, sales and marketing have failed to work together. Marketing did their part. Sales did theirs. Now forward-thinking companies are breaking down the silos between marketing and sales, and they are reaping the benefits.

Cash Flow

Waiting on cash coming in can be one of the most stressful things for a business owner, but you’re in luck because we have some tips to help you improve your cash flow.

Can Government Help Small Businesses?

Waiting on cash coming in can be one of the most stressful things for a business owner, but you’re in luck because we have some tips to help you improve your cash flow.

3 Tips for Improving Cash Flow

Waiting on cash coming in can be one of the most stressful things for a business owner, but you’re in luck because we have some tips to help you improve your cash flow.

Small Business Fraud

Fraud. We hear about it online and in the news all the time and it’s a real issue which is concerning to many business owners. In fact, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners annual report, stated that nearly half of all small businesses experience fraud at some point in their business lifecycle.

Small Business Growth Funded By SBA Loans

Are rising interest rates making you nervous about your upcoming business expansion or acquisition? You may be in luck, and able to fix the interest rate on up to 40% of your project for as long as 25 years.

Always Start with Why

While that is an important goal, it is merely a result of a deeply-held purpose. A successful business always starts with their purpose – their “Why”.

Build Your B2B Prospecting Arsenal + LinkedIn

No matter what you are selling, you’re never too old or too wise to add tools to your arsenal for prospecting. Many different social platforms can help you with prospecting efforts and deepening relationships, but let’s focus on the number one platform for business—LinkedIn.

Business Takes a Backseat on Facebook

A recent article in Adweek equated the January 11, 2018, Facebook announcement to dropping a nuclear bomb on the media industry. Seems like quite an embellishment, but you get the point—it’s kind of a big deal.

Women in Business Q&A: Feature Tailwaggers

The Fox Valley is a great place for women in business! We’ve interviewed one of the women-owned businesses in the Fox Cities because we’re proud to support our local female entrepreneurs.  

Community Driven

We know that the heart and soul of a small business is the people who work there. At American National Bank Fox Cities, we do all of our business this way. We believe in building the Fox Cities community, because it’s where we live and work. We’re your neighbors, and your local business bank.


Your business isn’t just your livelihood, it’s your life. Our team of business bankers has the knowledge and experience to make even the most ambitious goals possible for your business. Our skills help businesses reach these goals every day.


As an owner or stakeholder in a small business, you wear a lot of hats. We know that your time is valuable so we offer a simple process for getting the financing your small business needs to achieve big goals.