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SMBA Progressive Luncheon

Please join us on Thursday, August 15th, for a three-course meal and a full luncheon of networking! Members and guests will have the opportunity to meet with several different groups to share information about themselves and their business. This luncheon is always a huge hit because attendees are able to spend the majority of their time making connections. As guests mingle, they will be served a 3-course meal. We look forward to seeing a full crowd!

Guests are welcome and encouraged. Please note, however, for this luncheon, first-time guests are required to pay the $25 fee in order to cover the extra food that will be provided.

If you have not renewed your membership, you will also be asked to pay the guest fee.

Registration deadline is noon on Tuesday, August 13th, and you can register on our website at

** Please note. Our website is still new and has a few tweaks that need to be made. You will be asked to sign in and create a password. If you experience any trouble with the process or find that you are not in the system, please contact Kristen at Thank you for your patience as we transition!

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Elyse Smithback joins Park Bank

MADISON, Wis. — Park Bank, a locally-owned community bank founded in 1966, is pleased to announce that Elyse Smithback has joined Park Bank as First Vice President – Business Banking. Elyse began her career as a teller nearly 20 years ago, and along the way, she has worked in almost every aspect of banking. This diverse background, along with her degree from UW Whitewater in Liberal Studies and Finance, paved the way for her success as a business banker today. Elyse prides herself in her ability to cultivate deep relationships with her clients, working hard each day to improve her clients’ financial wellbeing. She is active in the community as the President of both the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce and After School Clubs, Inc. of Oregon.

About Park Bank:

Park Bank is Madison’s longest serving community bank with nearly 200 employees and $1 billion in assets. Park Bank provides services to Dane County residents and businesses that help them achieve their dream – whether it’s a new home or a start-up business. Each year, Park Bank contributes approximately $250,000 to local charities, as well as hundreds of hours of volunteer time, as a re-investment in our communities.

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Concero CEO & Founder, Amy Arenz, Publishes Column In Forbes On Text Message Recruiting

Concero, a software recruiting firm in Madison, WI, has a team of highly skilled recruiters who stay up-to-date on the latest trends in their industry. One of those trends is text message recruiting, and it is a tool that Concero recruiters use to enhance the relationships they build with prospective hires.

Founder and CEO, Amy Arenz, published a column in Forbes: How And When To Text While Recruiting For Software. In the column, she provides her professional insight on the benefits and the do’s and don’ts of text message recruiting. Learn more about Concero and their unique approach to recruiting.

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M3 Releases 2019 Health Benefits Trend Report

M3 Insurance’s 2019 Health Care Trend Report is now available. This annual publication highlights costs and plan designs for employer-sponsored health insurance throughout the State of Wisconsin.

The report contains data collected from M3 clients across the spectrum of employer sizes, regional markets and sectors; it provides employers with information they need to benchmark their offers of health insurance coverage within the current market. Insights on how employers are structuring their plans, the types of plans they are purchasing and regional trends are included in the report.

According to data from the past year, health insurance costs experienced a 4.4% growth rate. This is the lowest rate of change in health insurance costs since the inception of this annual report in 2004.


If you’d like to have a discussion on specific report findings in relation to your health insurance costs, contact your M3 Account Executive. Hard copies of the report are available upon request.


About M3

M3 Insurance offers insight, advice and strategies to help clients manage risk, purchase insurance and provide employee benefits. We are committed to being experts in both the products we represent and the industries we serve. Our people advance M3’s competitive advantage in the marketplace, and our focus on community builds better places to live and work. M3 is consistently ranked a top 100 broker in America and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

American Red Cross and Josh Grotheer invite you to Give Blood. Help Save Lives. Schedule a blood donation appointment NOW and help rebuild the blood supply!

Your donation is needed for medical treatment that can’t wait. From kids with cancer to accident survivors waiting for critical surgeries, patients depend on lifesaving blood products, so they can heal and thrive.

Please register using this link

Together, let’s save more lives!