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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

September 26, 2012

Topic: Management & Leadership

What's the point?

Oftentimes I have my wife proof the final version of my blog. On my last blog, when she was done, she said, “It’s okay ... but what’s the point? What are you trying to get across by writing your blogs?” Ouch! As I paused and thought about it, I acknowledged that I wasn’t intending to convey anything particularly brilliant or necessarily brand new, but rather was trying to share business information that might not be top of mind for some people.

I hoped to bring a concept up in an interesting way or with some ideas about implementation. Really just …

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August 21, 2012

Topic: Management & Leadership

Someone to chase

Last Saturday I headed out for my bike ride, unmotivated and a little bit sore after testing for the In Business Fittest Executive competition the previous day. I wasn’t up for the challenge of my normal hilly ride, so I intentionally started on a flatter route. As I headed out of town on Seminole Highway, a young woman about my daughter’s age passed me, and friendly as can be said, “Have a nice ride!”

As she easily blew by me, my competitive drive kicked in and I wondered if I could keep up. She pulled away for a …

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July 23, 2012

Topic: Management & Leadership

But will the dog eat the dog food?

One of our bank directors, Tim Keane, is a serial entrepreneur who, among other endeavors, has started, bought, and sold several companies and is the head of the Golden Angels Network. Consequently, he has looked at a lot of new ideas from fledgling companies. He is also a master of the metaphor.

He has a saying that I really like: "But will the dog eat the dog food?" By this he means, is there a market that will buy this new product? You can have the most nutritious or lowest-priced dog food, but if the dog won’t eat it, it really doesn’t matter.

The reason this is on …

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