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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.

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Recent Blog Posts

July 11, 2016

Are you planting trees?

I marvel at old trees. Especially the giant oaks we have around the Madison area. I’m lucky because I get to see them in the country when I’m out biking and also when I’m walking around town. I understand that trees grow naturally out in the woods where I bike, but in the city someone likely planted them. They obviously were taking a long view of things, planting a tiny sapling that would mature long after they were gone. Some people do that when they move into a new house, envisioning a big shade tree thinking just maybe they’ll live there long enough to see it mature (we’ve been in …

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August 17, 2015

Keep Calm and Supervise On

If you read my blog you know I like to bike. Last weekend I had the same thing happen to me twice. I pull up to a four-way stop and while waiting to take my turn, one of the drivers (trying to be nice) doesn’t go when it’s their turn. Instead, they try to let me go, even though it’s not my turn. Others are ready to go before me (as they should) and nobody knows what to do, making a simple four way stop a dangerous situation. The problem would be averted if everyone just followed the rules. Unexpected behavior can lead to bad consequences.

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July 13, 2015

Ask, listen, and look – how to make better informed decisions

OK, I admit in some ways I’m a dinosaur. I thought I was with it and hip... wait, is "hip" still hip? But I’ve been a banker now for 30 years. When I first started and had to wear a suit and tie, I absolutely hated it. Over time I became used to it and started to believe that “suit and tie” was how a banker should look. 

But recently I changed my mind.

In a recent blog I mentioned the value of surveying employees in measuring …

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