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Corey Chambas: President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.

Corey Chambas, President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc. is a featured blogger for IBMadison.com. Corey has over 25 years experience working with local businesses. He currently serves as a director of several of First Business's companies, is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Bellbrook Labs and Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County.

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Recent Blog Posts

December 20, 2011


Recently we conducted economic surveys in Dane County, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, and Northeast Wisconsin. What was somewhat surprising is that slightly over 50% of the businesses surveyed were hiring. What is even more interesting is that there are also applicant shortages at over 50% of the companies that are hiring. How can there be a labor shortage when unemployment rates remain so high?

We asked a question to help categorize the applicant shortages are companies looking for recent graduates or experienced workers with high school, technical school, undergraduate, or …

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November 15, 2011

Got leverage?

I needed my next blog idea, and as I frequently do, I talked to our head of marketing about an idea I had to get her opinion as to whether it was blog-worthy. After hearing my concept, she responded with a definite ... maybe. Later in the day, we were in a meeting together going through an upcoming presentation. When she saw the agenda, and a topic I was going to present on, she chuckled. It was the same concept that I had proposed to her earlier in the day for my next blog. She was not surprised that I was trying to use the same work twice, as I like to leverage the same work two or even …

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October 18, 2011

Have you considered kedging?

I was reading a book a client gave me, and I ran across an interesting concept. It’s called kedging. Back in the day, when large ships got stuck or simply couldn’t move in the direction they wanted to with their sails, they’d send out a rowboat with a rope attached to the big boat. The rowboat would go to the desired spot and then throw over a special anchor called a kedge. Next, everyone on the large ship would pull hard on the rope until the big ship reached its goal. In the book I was reading, they made an analogy between this method and making advancements in personal fitness, but I like …

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