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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

East Coast discovers productivity

Have you ever noticed how trends don’t matter until they hit the East Coast?

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Leading in the #MeToo era

With the recent news of allegations, convictions, and the continued spotlight or sexual harassment, many companies are closely examining their work cultures, reiterating and reinforcing policy, and requiring organization-wide training.

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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

As trade war escalates, China emerges as the primary target

The news reports are disturbingly frequent: People with ties to China are being accused of stealing proprietary technology from American companies and universities.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer and Ashlie B. Johnson

I-9 audits will increase in 2018 and beyond. What should employers do to protect themselves?

Given this dramatic increase and the risks associated with failing an audit, employers should confirm that their current and historical Form I-9 compliance practices meet federal requirements.

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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

Sooner is better — at work, that is

At work, sooner is better. At times when I need to deal with a difficult personnel management situation and I put it off, invariably something bad happens in that person's personal life.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Facing tough choices: Be the bug or the windshield

Life is an interesting thing. You wake up one morning full of positive energy, ready to take on the day. After a shower, shave, and a healthy breakfast, you’re out the door and on to that first meeting at work.

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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

Why I was arrested at 4 years old, and the surprising business lesson it can teach you

In 1980, I was dropped off by a police officer at my parents’ house for a reason that may never have happened in all of history, except for that day.

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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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Business cards: 5 ways to go beyond the basics

Business cards are small, but they are mighty. In fact, they may be the most overlooked piece of marketing material at your disposal.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Customer service in a digital world

An ancient Chinese saying tells us that “To open a business is very easy; to keep it open is very difficult.”

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Failing to plan costs us more than money — it costs us time

While much of the discussion about the poor condition of Wisconsin’s road network has centered on funding in recent years, the less covered story is the lack of planning.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

Technology can (and should) change the practice of law

One of the ironies of large law firms is that many tout their technology law practices but relatively few seem to have mastered the integration of newer technologies into the everyday practice of law.

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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

What happens after the champagne is popped?

Buying a business is an exciting time. Each step along the way demands time, experience, expertise, and a bucketful of patience and perseverance. But then the transaction closes, the champagne bottles pop, and life is good, right?

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

The 5 pillars of progressive HR

Recently, I read through a newsletter from one of my favorite co-working spaces in Wisconsin. Right there at the top of the mobile page, was an ad for HR services claiming to alleviate organizations from their “HR burden.”

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