First Business

December 16, 2009

Dec 17 at 4pm - Live Northeast WI Economic Webcast at Insight Publications

Event starts December 17 at 4:00 p.m. Go to http://www.insightonbusiness.com/First-Business-Economic-Survey-of-Northeast-Wisconsin.aspx

The First Business Economic Survey of Northeast Wisconsin surveyed business owners on economic indicators critical for decisions in today’s competitive environment. The corresponding First Business Economic Forum will include a brief presentation of the survey results with a panel discussion to follow.

Dr. E. Alan Hartman, Professor of Management and Human Resources and Former Dean of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, will present the findings and discuss implications of the 2009 survey. He will identify trends based on what local business owners reported as actual and forecasted: sales revenue, production/operating costs, capital expenditures, profitability, staffing, and wages. He will also cover operating capacity, performance compared to expectations, and business projections.

A panel discussion of local business owners moderated by Margaret LeBrun, Co-Publisher & Executive Editor of Insight Publications, will follow. Panelists include:

Jack Fischer, AIA
Principal Partner
Third Coast Consulting, LLC.

Mr. Fischer is a Principal Partner of Third Coast Consulting, LLC™. As an entrepreneur, world traveler and leader in the construction industry for over 30 years, Jack has diverse business and functional expertise, which brings a tenacious commitment to driving sales, profits and market-share growth for his clients. Jack brings a wealth of experience and expertise as an innovative thinker with broad-based experience in operations, finance and new business development. His proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and develop strategies to grow the bottom line serves Third Coast clients well. As former Secretary of Commerce for the State of Wisconsin under the Governor Doyle Administration, Jack has a wealth of contacts and relationships built with political and business leaders across the country and the world. Jack is a high-integrity, energetic leader known for his ability to envision and create successful outcomes in complex situations.


Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, CEcD
President
Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation

As President of FCEDC, Brenda provides direction in strategy; takes the lead on business attraction projects; oversees public relations, investor relations, community services, collaborative initiatives, organizational management and client consulting. Acknowledging Brenda for her exceptional achievements in the world of economic development, the International Economic Development Council named her its 2006 Outstanding New Economic Developer of the Year. Brenda holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Economic Development and Public Policy, from the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee.


Corey Chambas
President & CEO
First Business Financial Services, Inc.

Corey Chambas has worked in the commercial banking industry for 25 years, specializing in commercial lending and cash management. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has also completed several advanced commercial lending programs including those of Darden (University of Virginia) and Kellogg (Northwestern University). In addition to his role as President and CEO at First Business Financial Services, Corey serves as a director of several of First Business’s companies, is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc., Business Advisory Board member of Bellbrook Labs, LLC, Advisory Board member of the Aldine Capital Fund, L.P., member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County, and a member of Madison Breakfast Rotary.


John Porter
President & Co-Founder
Tracy Porter Inc.

John is President and co-owner of Tracy Porter Interactive, a design house and retailer of of Tracy Porter� branded lifestyle fashion, jewelry and home decor that also provides how-to content as well as tips and advice on a range of issues from cooking to home decorating projects. He’s also President & Co-Founder of Tracy Porter Inc., a design licensing business launched in 1995 that generates revenues in the form of royalties earned from the sale of Tracy Porter� home furnishings products by its licensee manufacturers to mid-market and upscale retailers. John is a Trustee at Ripon College, past President & Co-Founder at Stonehouse Farm Goods. He is also President of the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce.


This event is sponsored by First Business Bank and offered at no cost to Northeast Wisconsin business owners and their senior management staff.

About First Business Financial Services, Inc.

First Business Financial Services (Nasdaq:FBIZ) is a $1.3 billion Wisconsin-based bank holding company that specializes in focused financial solutions for businesses, key executives, and high net worth individuals through its operating companies. It is the 2nd largest Wisconsin-based commercial bank holding company listed on NASDAQ or the NYSE. Its companies include: First Business Bank - Madison; First Business Bank - Milwaukee; First Business Bank - Northeast; First Business Trust & Investments; First Business Equipment Finance, LLC; and First Business Capital Corp. For additional information, visit www.firstbusiness.com or call (608) 238-8008.

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Jodie Johnson
AVP - Marketing
First Business Financial Services
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