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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Too many workers on the sidelines?

Many analysts looking deeper at the statistics see potential workers on the sidelines, not engaged in the workforce.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

How to become a more inclusive leader

As leaders, we often say we support diversity and inclusion within our organizations. We create core values espousing these beliefs. So, it is our job to be sure that our actions and our words are in line with these stated values.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Build your financial plan with strategies, not stories

Last year was not a normal year. In some measures, it had been decades since a year like 2017 occurred in terms of low U.S. stock market volatility.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Even in prosperous times, rural Wisconsin economy faces an uphill climb

By many standards, Wisconsin’s overall economic condition has never been better.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Independent contractor status: If it walks like a duck …

Many businesses use independent contractors. You might use them. If both the business and the individual agree, and even put their agreement in writing, then the individual is an independent contractor, there’s nothing to worry about, right? Wrong.

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

From marshmallows to mindfulness: How to achieve success through self-control

Delaying gratification to maximize one’s ROI testifies to the importance of patience.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: How getting lost can change you

I’m definitely a creature of habit. I ride my bike — on the exact same route — every Saturday and Sunday.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

A tale of three speakers

I was recently at a conference with about 600 attendees and had the opportunity to hear several speakers over the course of a few days. On a scale of one to 10, my average rating for these folks was about a five or six.

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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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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith

Facebook is spending $25M to show you live baseball — here’s why

On April 11 of this year, I turned on the Milwaukee Brewers game. Not on broadcast TV, not on cable TV, and not even on the radio. On Facebook.

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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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U.S. Supreme Court upholds employer use of class or collective action waivers

On May 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision that will impact millions of employment contracts across the country and potentially encourage many more employers to require employees to arbitrate employment claims.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

The importance of resilience

People who have resilience seem to find it easier to face setbacks, challenges, crises, and pain — both emotional and physical — with confidence and courage.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Wisconsin's roads crumble while difficult decisions are delayed

There are precious few legislators from either house who don’t express, in clear terms, that Wisconsin’s current transportation revenue is inadequate to meet current needs, but in the end nothing changes.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

Blockchain is bigger than bitcoin

Over the past few months, cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have been the talk of the town, inspiring commentary verging on hyperbole. Having said that, we should not allow the crypto-craze to obscure one thing that seems more certain: the technology that cryptocurrencies are built upon — blockchain — is here to stay.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Madison native strikes a blow for disabled travelers

Madison native Rupa Valdez has started a new online nonprofit to help people with disabilities and older adults have the same travel experiences as able-bodied tourists.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

Channel your inner control freak

The best way I know — and science backs me up here — to reclaim your sense of control is through planning.

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