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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Wake up to a new manufacturing dawn

The era of exponential change requires radical engagement. No longer can a single expert cover all the new developments in any field, or even come close.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Madison’s social entrepreneurs are being the change they want to see

Madison is filled with small businesses, many with one thing in common: a cause about which they are passionate.

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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

Business Plan Contest entries reflect market trends, state’s economic diversity

The annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has always been a canary in a high-tech coalmine, chirping out alerts about the kinds of businesses emerging in the state’s economic sectors.

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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

How to produce like Bill Gates: Take a dive into deep work

This kind of work requires the utmost concentration and pushes you to your limit. However, it improves your skill, adds much value, and is hard to imitate.

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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

Do social media the Walt Disney way — How to “plus it”

Mickey Mouse is the reason you’re not using social media the way you should. Really.

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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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Former private sector insurance CEOs agree self-funding bad for Wisconsin

For more than three decades, the health insurance program for Wisconsin state employees has been called a model for other states, using free-market competition to deliver extraordinarily high-quality care and, importantly, contain costs for taxpayers.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Is your first impression also your last impression?

It takes only three to five seconds for someone to form a first impression, so it should go without saying that people who feel welcome at a place of business are far more likely to return than those who don’t.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

When it comes to state roads, just fix them already

Wisconsin has some of the worst roads in the country. That has been confirmed yet again by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

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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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