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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.

Corey's recent blog postings are featured below.

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October 19, 2010

Sweat the Details

People always say, "don’t sweat the details," but I say for business success it’s critical to sweat the details. The details are the difference between adequate service and exceptional service, between satisfied clients and loyal clients, and good and great companies.

I was recently at a luncheon where Troy Vincent, former Badger and NFL star, spoke. He talked about a new attitude that Barry Alvarez brought in when Barry took over the football program at Wisconsin. He took a losing team and program and made it a winner. One of the key phases that Troy said Barry emphasized over and …

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October 05, 2010

How's Your Economy

It’s not about the economy; it’s about your economy. By your economy, I mean your company’s economic situation (as opposed to your personal economic situation, which is a whole other issue). When people talk about "the economy" they are usually referring to the national economy. It’s what you read about in newspapers and online. Overall, that economy is pretty bad. The statistics referenced are averages, and as we all know, averages can be misleading. It makes me think of the old analogy: if you have one hand on the stove and the other in a bucket of ice, on average you’re feeling just right. …

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September 21, 2010

Patience is a virtue but maybe not in business.

I was recently talking to a fellow business person about hobbies, and we discovered we both competed in triathlons. As we talked a bit more, I mentioned that my favorite hobby, however, is musky fishing. She said, "Boy, you must really be patient!"

Muskies are sometimes known as "the fish of 10,000 casts," and while that might be a bit of a stretch, most days on the water, you don’t catch a fish. I chuckled at the irony, because if you ask my wife or the people I work with, they would all say I am very impatient. I started thinking about the phrase, "patience is a virtue." Is this …

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