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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Turn down the volume, focus on manufacturing wins

I feel a bit guilty about telling you to turn down the volume in your life while the radio is blaring in the background as I write this blog.

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Mosaic Marketplace

with Deborah Biddle — A blog for diverse business enterprises in and around Madison.

Inclusion should be among nonprofit fundraising strategies

As populations of color grow and people of color become majorities in communities across America, successful nonprofit organizations will need to diversify their donor base to sustain and grow their operations.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Book recommendations for a personally and financially successful 2017

As you might know I have a hunger for reading, but more importantly it’s a hunger for actually thinking about what I read and then doing something with it.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In Logistics Health founder Don Weber, military veterans have an entrepreneurial model

Life has never been easy for Donald J. Weber. He struggled to graduate from high school and joined the U.S. Marines Corps within days, spending three years in Vietnam as a rifleman. His decorated return from service led to nothing more than odd jobs — as well as some tough times living on the streets — before he discovered his true talent.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

How badly does my employee have to mess up to be denied UI benefits?

Knowing whether an employee either is or is not eligible for UI benefits is helpful in lowering the employer’s UI tax rate.

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

Quit social media

If the mere idea of quitting social media gives you what teens refer to as FOMO, or “fear of missing out,” listen up. Cal Newport makes an excellent case that you’ll be coming out ahead in his book Deep Work.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Are you planting seeds for growth within your organization?

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.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Innovate or get lost in the dust

There are really two areas for innovation: continuous improvement and breakthrough leaps.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

Importance of business valuation, as exemplified by ‘Shark Tank’

Have you ever heard of Shark Tank? I’m not talking about diving deep into the ocean to watch sharks lurk about from behind bars. The ABC television show broadcasts businessmen and women looking to gain investments in their homegrown products and services.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Memo to a Madison hater

Dear Congressman Duffy: Consider this a good-natured rebuke to your recent disparaging comments about Madison, or as you no doubt call it, the People’s Republic of Madison.

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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith

1 social media number no one is talking about

Top-of-mind. What a powerful yet often forgotten term in the online realm.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Why the final changes to wage and hour law may have you crying 'uncle'

After much anticipation and speculation, the final regulations changing the salary basis test for determining exemption status have arrived. Among other changes, the final regulations have more than doubled the amount that employees must minimally be paid in order to be considered exempt. This is no small matter, as it is anticipated that millions of currently exempt employees will be affected.

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Open Mic

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How to have a productive meeting in 5 easy steps

Ask a few people around you how they feel about meetings and you’re likely to find at least one person who feels meetings are a waste of time.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Family business is all relative

From neighborhood mom and pop stores to household names like Kohler, S.C. Johnson, Gordon Food Service, Mars Candy Company, Ford Motor Company, and Wal-Mart, family-owned companies are thriving in the United States.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Economic development tastes sweet

The Village of Pleasant Prairie just chalked up yet another win. The announcement that German candy maker Haribo is opening its first North American candy factory in Pleasant Prairie is another hugely impressive accomplishment for this village with a population of a little over 20,000 people.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

Don’t brush off the legal considerations of the ‘smartification’ of consumer products

As a technology lawyer who concentrates on the Internet of Things (“IoT”), it was a stark reminder that the IoT is here and is beginning to more pervasively intertwine into the daily fabric of our lives.

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