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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

February 13, 2015

Woodworker’s credo: a business strategy?

A few years ago when we had our kitchen remodeled, we had a butcher block put in. The remodeler who did the work told me that the butcher block needed to be oiled. When I asked how often, he said something along the lines of “once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year, and then once a quarter thereafter.” (Disclaimer: I believe I personally dubbed this the “woodworker’s credo,” so don’t embarrass yourself by saying this to a real woodworker.)

You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck does this have to …

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January 16, 2015

A Blog About Creativity (this is my least creative blog title ever)

You may not have noticed but I fell off the blogging grid for a while. A little over a month ago when my last blog was due, my dad passed away unexpectedly. It has been very hard for me. I became inwardly focused and it totally sapped my creative energy. Ironically, over the last month I listened to a book called “Imagine” by John Lehrer which is all about creativity – the thing I was lacking. It’s a great book and I would highly recommend it.

The book covers many aspects of how and why creativity happens: how the brain actually works related to creative thinking, …

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October 14, 2014

The value of relationships

Every weekend when I bike along a portion of the local trail, I get stopped and asked to show my trail pass. At first this was a source of frustration as I am somewhat obsessed with tracking my average speed and this slows me down. After a couple of times, I asked the guy if he remembered me from the previous week and we struck up a bit of a conversation. Before we parted, I asked him his name and he had mine from looking at my trail pass. The next weekend as I approached him, instead of getting frustrated, I called out, "Hey Ken, it’s Corey," and he waved me by as he said hello. We …

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