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2014 CFO Awards

The 2014 CFO Awards winners were announced on Oct. 22 at the In Business Expo & Conference. Tim Stadelman, CFO at J.H. Findorff & Son, accepted the CFO of the Year Award and the Large Business CFO Award at a luncheon attended by 175 people.

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Market and economic update: Economic activity outside the U.S. continues to appear sluggish

Market attention remains focused on monetary policy authorities and the likely direction of policy. U.S. economic data have been modestly supportive of a conclusion to Federal Reserve tapering this week, with September consumer prices rising just 0.1% and year-over-year prices (excluding food and energy) rising 1.7%. Falling energy prices remain a drag on inflation, but rising home prices reflect strengthening domestic economic activity.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Mary Burke wants to lead, but just not yet

It is what’s called “posing for holy pictures.” With the election but one week away, Madison school board member Mary Burke voted against a 4.2% tax increase. But she voted in favor of a 2.4% increase in teacher pay. In other words, she was for the teacher pay hike before she was against the budget that would pay for it.

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

5 tax-planning opportunities to think about right now

As 2014 draws to a close, you have more tax-planning opportunities available to you than ever before, but you also face more tax challenges. More than 50 popular tax provisions expired at the end of 2013 (many are projected to be reinstated, but as of today they have not been), so some new planning techniques are going to be needed.

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Cyber Security Awareness Month a great time to check online habits

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the timing is perfect given recent highly publicized security breaches affecting Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, the iCloud, and the social media site Snapchat. IT departments worldwide work around the clock to protect their firms’ networks, but do we personally take all the measures necessary to protect our online lives?

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Minority Biz Report

with Sam Owens

How corporate social responsibility could boost black-owned businesses

Political preferences aside, most people would agree that it is incumbent upon corporations to exhibit some measure of social consciousness and good citizenship within their communities. In response to this popular sentiment, corporations often engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to endear themselves to targeted communities or demographics. In Madison, CSR initiatives typically take the form of corporations supplying financial resources for nonprofit institutions.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Blaska offers to sell out for the small screen

I admit it. I envy Mitch Henck. Not just for his good looks and great golf game. Nor for his Frank Sinatra suave or his encyclopedic knowledge of the hoops game. Not even for the mellifluence of his voice. No, I’m Incredible Hulk green for his online podcasts. That’s a gig I could go for.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

10 rules for simplifying your busy life

My husband, Dave, and I recently took a road trip to enjoy the fall colors. We began by hurrying down interstate roads to St. Louis, where we had some business, and then wound our way home through parts of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and then back to Wonderful Wisconsin, following the Great River Road.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Brett Hulsey a bigger threat to us than Ebola — seriously

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think “Ebola” was a hot new Miley Cyrus album that’s dropping later this fall in time for the holiday shopping season. Indeed, much like Cyrus’ career, it’s a frightening and off-putting phenomenon that has nevertheless killed very few people in this country and made a handful of others bleed out of their eyes and ears.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

State’s economic development structure in place: Question is how best to use it

Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke have staked out major differences in their approach to job creation and economic growth, but the candidates appear to agree on one significant item: Reinventing the state’s flagship economic development agency was the right thing to do.

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Market and economic update: U.S. economic data points to solid growth

U.S. economic data appear to support solid growth into the new year. Data reported last week consisted of weaker September retail sales (negative 0.3%) joined by stronger consumer sentiment (preliminary October University of Michigan consumer sentiment up 1.8 points to 86.4), improving September industrial production (1%), and weekly initial jobless claims that reached their lowest level in 14 years (264,000).

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Tall tales from a top-down Democrat(ic) campaign

I’ve debated Dale Schultz. I’ve spoken with him informally. He’s tall. State Sen. Schultz identifies as a Republican, much to the delight of the leftward news media (pardon the redundancy). The good senator is enjoying his last few weeks of strange new respect. Trash your own Republican Party and be amazed at how the liberal press swoons with delight.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

The value of relationships

Every weekend when I bike along a portion of the local trail, I get stopped and asked to show my trail pass. At first this was a source of frustration, as I am somewhat obsessed with tracking my average speed, and this slows me down.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

The next big thing in technology: 3 top challenges of ‘The Internet of Things’

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to “smart” devices that transmit data via the Internet through both wired and wireless communication. These devices use sensors embedded in physical objects to follow programmed commands or to “learn” behavioral patterns through data collection.

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Investing in a rising interest rate environment

After six years of holding interest rates at record low levels, the Federal Reserve recently began a subtle campaign that suggests interest rates will soon be rising. This month, while reiterating its longstanding position to keep short-term interest rates near zero for a “considerable time,” the Fed announced two important steps toward beginning the process of raising interest rates: the end of quantitative easing and two new interest rate hiking mechanisms.

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