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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

The robots are coming!

Three very clear trends will transform manufacturing in the coming years: additive manufacturing, connected devices, and automation and robotics. These clear and unstoppable trends will impact all of us.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Community and collaboration: Keys to enhancing diversity at performing arts centers

As in many cities throughout our country, conversation and actions have been taken with the goal of increasing diversity in performing arts, particularly in engaging people of color to partake of and participate in events presented within their communities.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Known vs. unknown and deep vs. shallow risks

In regard to markets today there are three real-time events that have occurred in the past two months that have risks and unknowns tied to them.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

How the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ can retool Wisconsin

All too often, American inventions don’t stay home to create companies and jobs. The late George H. Heilmeier has long represented just such a missed opportunity — and he’s now a symbol of why there’s hope for a techno-industrial renaissance.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Independent contractors: What we can learn from the Jammal v. Am Fam decision

In the Jammal case, the court found that, under ERISA, the agents were employees, and had been misclassified as independent contractors.

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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

Leadership qualities from 'The Wizard of Oz'

Brains, courage, and heart are a solid foundation for any effective leader. To have one or two of these qualities without the other(s) makes for an incomplete leader.

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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

4 social media lessons from Donald Driver and speaking at the NYSE

I was fortunate enough to run into Green Bay Packer legend Donald Driver at the LaGuardia airport in New York City last week.

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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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Making a difference while making a profit

New Wisconsin statute allows "benefit corporations" to consider social impact of corporate actions

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to handle holiday stress and still enjoy the season

Happy holidays! ’Tis the season — are we jolly, or are we stressed with the rush of trying to get everything done?

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Is it possible even Foxconn isn't enough to finally get North-South Corridor finished?

For years I have read surveys conducted by national site selection magazines that regularly ask CEOs across the country to rank factors for choosing where to locate, and “access to highways” is consistently the most important or second most important factor.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

WISP it good: Composing a data security plan

When it comes to managing data security, many in business hit a flat note.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

A feminine approach to business

Hillary Clinton recently created a stir among her critics by suggesting the future is female, and while she didn’t mention a particular realm, in the short term she might be more accurate about the business world than about politics.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

Same company, different expectations for transition

One of the wonderful aspects of my job is getting to know different people and how they view the world. Two people can look at the same thing and see something very different.

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