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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

January 17, 2012

Hang ten

I was recently lucky enough to go on a trip that included surfing, and as usual, I found myself relating it to business. When you go surfing, you paddle out and then sit on your board, enjoying the sun, hanging out with some other surfers, and maybe even see a dolphin or turtle. Its nice and its relaxing. Its similar to doing "business as usual." But its not exactly what you came out for. There is no real challenge, no risk, and no thrill of success.

Coming through recent times with the recession, most businesses hunkered down. This was probably smart, but it’s not smart …

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December 20, 2011


Recently we conducted economic surveys in Dane County, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, and Northeast Wisconsin. What was somewhat surprising is that slightly over 50% of the businesses surveyed were hiring. What is even more interesting is that there are also applicant shortages at over 50% of the companies that are hiring. How can there be a labor shortage when unemployment rates remain so high?

We asked a question to help categorize the applicant shortages are companies looking for recent graduates or experienced workers with high school, technical school, undergraduate, or …

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November 15, 2011

Got leverage?

I needed my next blog idea, and as I frequently do, I talked to our head of marketing about an idea I had to get her opinion as to whether it was blog-worthy. After hearing my concept, she responded with a definite ... maybe. Later in the day, we were in a meeting together going through an upcoming presentation. When she saw the agenda, and a topic I was going to present on, she chuckled. It was the same concept that I had proposed to her earlier in the day for my next blog. She was not surprised that I was trying to use the same work twice, as I like to leverage the same work two or even …

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