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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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May 17, 2011

At least I'm better than I used to be

Last weekend I was out riding my new bike for the first time (if you see me, I can show you a picture of it since it’s now the wallpaper on my phone!). I hadn’t found time to get my bike computer switched over yet, and that was a problem for me as it left me in the dark about whether I was any faster on the new bike. Each time I ride, I try to beat my previous ride’s average speed that’s my gauge on whether I’m getting faster, slower, or staying the same. That got me thinking about the topic of measuring success and how something similar applies in the business world.

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April 19, 2011

Crisis - danger or opportunity?

I went on a couple of bike rides last weekend. On Saturday it was 50 degrees, damp and cold, and I saw some snow along the road. I had to stop and put my hat on under my helmet - but that may have something to do with being follically challenged.

Sunday it was in the mid-70s and I put on sunscreen before I went out. As Wisconsinites, we all know to expect the unexpected with spring weather, as anything can happen. (Interesting little tidbit: Did you know that while it snowed on April 1 this year, last year it was 81 degrees in Madison an all-time record high?)

In …

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March 29, 2011

Are we there yet?

I hate to travel, but I like to go places.

The problem is you can’t walk or even drive to places like Costa Rica or Florence, and if you have a three-day business trip in Phoenix, you’re going to fly. When you fly (or at least when I fly) things often go awry. I’m in Phoenix as I write this and my journey here did not go smoothly. I experienced several flight delays, missed my connecting flight, sat waiting on the tarmac for both planes to take off, and upon landing in Phoenix after midnight, for a final touch, waited again for over a half-hour for a gate to open up. I arrived …

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