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One City Early Learning Center Receives Donation

One City Early Learning Center Receives Donation

On April 16, the Attic Angel Association, Madison, donated $100,000 to One City Early Learning Centers, a new preschool focused on literacy development that will open this fall on Madison’s South Side.

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Aaron Bizub, Faith Technologies

Aaron Bizub, Faith Technologies

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Aaron Bizub, group manager, Faith Technologies.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Back to basics: To hit retirement goals, start saving a large percentage of gross income

Financial independence is the primary savings and investing driver for most people, and with good reason. In order to be successful in retirement, most folks will require a higher-than-anticipated wealth position, appropriate insurance coverage, and adherence to a very controlled spending plan. Almost every new client I speak with is not adequately prepared for this reality. I spend a lot of time in the first year simply broadening the discussion and assumptions, and I hope to do a little bit of that here as well.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Three cheers for Paul Soglin –– ‘Enough is enough’ is right!

Madison’s on-and-off mayor these last 42 years finally acknowledged that, “The combination of City and County policies that encourage drifters to come to Madison, and the concerted efforts of others to send them here, has reached an intolerable level.”

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Turning brain drain into brain gain: Growth strategies for rural Wisconsin

Looking back on a litany of grant announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past six months or so, I reached this conclusion: Wisconsin leaves a lot of federal money on the table.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

What if they invaded John Nichols’ house?

Early this week, the National Review came out with an explosive cover story detailing the experience of three private citizens subjected to armed police with battering rams conducting pre-dawn raids of their homes, seizing cell phones and personal computers, and admonishing them to tell no one — even as the authorities apparently tipped off favored news reporters.

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Open Mic

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Economic update: One-time events lead to soft 1Q growth

U.S. economic reports released last week indicate first quarter growth was soft, but this was likely the result of one-time events rather than pointing to a trajectory of weaker activity in coming quarters.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

8 entrepreneurial skills every businessperson should develop

Whether you’re a business owner, a future business owner, or an employee, you need to constantly develop your entrepreneurial skills in order to succeed. I mean consistently succeed. For some reason, we tend to stop developing many of the skills that got us where we are. Our motives change, we get satisfied, or we just get lazy. These skills apply to anyone, in both large and small companies, but successful entrepreneurs tend to exhibit more of these all the time.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Wisconsin’s shame: News media acquiesce in persecution of political speech

The optimists here at the Blaska Policy Werkes believe those who make a living off the First Amendment retain some small respect for the freedom of speech of other citizens, even those they do not employ.

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Forward HR

with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

Why you should strive for integration, not balance

“Hi. How are you?” This is a pretty standard greeting as we acknowledge co-workers in the morning or begin a phone conversation. In fact, it’s become the kind of question that rarely, if ever, requires a serious response. If we do get a real answer, it often feels awkward or even intrusive.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Keeping IT simple: How to start an effective IT risk management program

Information technology has transformed the way companies conduct business. In most companies, key business processes are driven by IT ­–– from accounting to sales, project management, human resources, and customer relationship management.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Patent director’s visit to Wisconsin underscores value of innovation economy

When computer scientist Michelle Lee joined Google as its first head of patent strategy, the company held a few dozen intellectual property grants. When she left eight years later, Google’s portfolio spanned 10,500 patents.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Could Madison please have some adult supervision — and some leadership?

Voters just approved a $41 million spending referendum. Now the Madison Metro School District says it needs to cut $10.8 million to cover a deficit. This is after rewarding its unionized teachers and support staff with a 2.5% pay increase in the budget approved late last year.

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Open Mic

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Despite soft start to the year, 2015 should see continued growth

Global growth is likely to remain constrained in 2015. Monetary easing outside the United States will likely have a positive impact later in the year, but for now, debt deleveraging in Europe, Japan, and China will constrain potential growth.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

When your child asks for a loan, should you say yes?

You raised them, helped get them through school, and now your children are on their own. Or are they? Even adult children sometimes need financial help. But if your child asks you for a loan, don’t pull out your checkbook until you’ve examined the financial and emotional costs. Start the process by considering a few key questions.

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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

Why project management is a key middle-market tool

To review, project management involves a few formal elements: a charter — what we are about to do; a team, given explicit roles, responsibilities, and authorities; a timeline — often in the form of a Gantt chart, showing what will be done by when; and a weekly meeting to go over the progress — and more importantly, the issues that the project is raising.

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