MADISON, Wis., Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:FBIZ), is pleased to announce it has been named to the prestigious Sandler O'Neill + Partners Sm-All Stars List for 2013.

Sandler O'Neill + Partners uses a multi-level screening methodology based on eight financial variables to evaluate all publicly-traded banks and thrifts with a market cap of $25 million to $2.5 billion. Based on their analysis, which focused on growth, profitability, credit quality and capital strength, Sandler O'Neill + Partners identified the top performing small-cap depository institutions to compile their annual list of Sm-All Stars for 2013.  First Business Financial Services, Inc. was included as one of only 31 institutions, out of the initial 450 evaluated, to be recognized for "delivering bottom line results that are markedly better than the industry as a whole."

"Being named to the Sm-All Stars List for the first time is an honor we are extremely proud of," said Corey A. Chambas, President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.  "We believe our inclusion in this list of very high performing companies is a result of our focus and dedication to building long-term value for our shareholders."

About First Business Financial Services, Inc.

First Business Financial Services (Nasdaq:FBIZ) is a $1.3 billion Wisconsin-based bank holding company that specializes in focused financial solutions for businesses, key executives, and high net worth individuals through its operating companies. It is the 2nd largest Wisconsin-based commercial bank holding company listed on NASDAQ or NYSE. Its companies include: First Business Bank - MadisonFirst Business Bank - MilwaukeeFirst Business Bank - NortheastFirst Business Trust & InvestmentsFirst Business Equipment Finance, LLC; and First Business Capital Corp. For additional information, visit or call (608) 238-8008.

James F. Ropella
Senior Vice President and CFO
First Business Financial Services, Inc.