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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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Recent Blog Posts

August 24, 2010

Back to School!?!

Ah, it’s the end of summer and the kids are going back to school. Some of us are prepping our own kids for this adventure and some of us have kids beyond this stage in life. Regardless of your situation, I’m guessing you have fond "back to school" memories from your childhood.

Sure, there was some anxiety. I personally dreaded not being able to sleep in like I managed to do in the summer. While we may have not been looking forward to homework and tests, it was always an exciting time. There were new teachers, new classrooms, and new classmates. As a kid you never realized it, but the …

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August 10, 2010

Farms Grow More than Vegetables

I feel very lucky to live in Madison. One of my favorite hobbies is cycling. I especially enjoy biking this time of year, because within minutes of leaving my house, I am riding through lush farm fields. My wife loves the farmers’ market, and comes home every Saturday morning with all kinds of produce brimming from her basket (I never used to know that Sorrel, Rapini and Cardoons were even foods). Local farms are a great asset to our area — not just for their beauty and for pleasing our taste buds, but also for our businesses. That’s because farms don’t just grow vegetables — they …

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July 27, 2010

When the (All) Stars Align

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Whoever has the best team wins. Whether its basketball or business, it’s always the time to be looking to improve your team. If you’re in the service business, you are in the people business, and now might be the best time to add an all star or two to your lineup.

Yes, the economy is still in rough shape, and it can be scary to spend money. But where there’s change, there’s opportunity. Look at your industry. Has there been consolidation and/or downsizing? Have people experienced changes to their compensation, benefits, or …

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