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Dane County Economic Trends

 Survey Results & Panel Discussion

Join Dane County business leaders for a highly anticipated first look at the results of our 2019 First Business Bank Economic Survey. With 17 years of data from local business leaders in Dane County, the First Business Bank Economic Survey reflects local executives’ assessments of 2019 financial performance and their predictions for 2020. You’ll find out what business leaders are saying about 2019 and 2020 anticipated sales revenue, profitability, number of employees, wages, unused capacity, and more, and compare those numbers to years past.

A panel discussion with local business leaders focused on the economic climate of Dane County will follow the presentation. This year’s moderator and panelists include:

Wendy Warren Grapentine (moderator) – Owner, Straight to the Point Communications

Corey Chambas – President & CEO, First Business Financial Services

Nathan Herbst – CEO, Paradigm

Nancy Spelsberg – President, BCP Transportation

Mike Victorson  – President & CEO, M3 Insurance

Jay Loewi – Owner, The QTI Group

This event provides business leaders with timely information and insights for 2020 business plans and budgets. Registration is complimentary, and seating is limited, so please register now to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there.




Wendy Warren Grapentine (moderator)

Straight to the Point Communications



Former Madison news anchor and owner of Straight to the Point Communications

President & CEO

Corey Chambas

Business Banking, Holding Company



Corey Chambas has worked in the commercial banking industry for over 30 years, specializing in commercial lending and cash management. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has also…

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Nathan Herbst




Nate Herbst is CEO of Paradigm. Nate started the company in 1999 as the most innovative software company in the building products industry. An entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Nate is responsible for driving the vision of the company and positioning the technology to bring further opportunities to building products companies. Prior to Paradigm, Nate was a lead consultant for Cap Gemini/ Ernst and Young where he worked on innovative projects throughout North America and Europe. Nate has been selected for many prestigious awards, including Madison’s 40 under 40, and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization. Nate lives in Middleton with his wife Sarah and their four children.


Nancy Spelsberg

BCP Transportation



Nancy Spelsberg is the President of BCP Transportation, a certified women-owned, asset-based trucking and warehousing company located in Deerfield, Wis. BCP Transportation has a strong reputation in the trucking industry for its rapid growth, customer partnerships, and an employee-centric focus. Nancy and her team also launched BCP Truck Services, a full-service diesel, heavy truck, and trailer maintenance shop, and BCP Leasing, an equipment leasing company. BCP has been recognized by Madison Magazine and the Dane County Small Business as one of the best places to work.

President & CEO

Mike Victorson

M3 Insurance



Mike Victorson is President and Chief Executive Officer of M3 Insurance. After joining the company in 1992, Mike advanced quickly from account executive to sales manager, after which he became Executive Vice President of the employee benefits division. Mike became M3’s President in 2003 and CEO in 2005. Mike currently serves on the boards of M3 Insurance, and the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB).
Mike's community service has included serving on boards of several non-profit organizations over the years. He currently serves as a board member for the United Way, Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Community Bank, the 2:47 Network, and the Wisconsin Manufacturers Commerce Foundation Board.


Jay Loewi

The QTI Group



Jay Loewi is Owner of The QTI Group. Jay has thirty plus years of business experience as an entrepreneur, strategic leader and general business advisor. Prior to his leadership position in the QTI Group, he led the operations of a local food products company and served a leading financial role with a major bank. In 2004 he was featured as a member of the In Business inaugural Executive Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous boards including Madison Development Corporation, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Dane County, Camp Manitowish YMCA and Southern Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, to name just a few.


  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am

    Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am

    Panelist Q&A

Event Details

Date Dec 11, 2019

Time 7:30am - 9:30am

Monona Terrace

This event is sponsored by First Business Bank and offered at no cost to our clients and prospects. As a valued Friend of First Business, you're allowed (and encouraged!) to bring up to four guests to this event. Seating is limited; please RSVP early to ensure you have a seat.

Complimentary parking passes will be available for guests.

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