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2014 IB Expo

Around 1,400 area business professionals flocked to the Alliant Energy Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22, for the fourth annual In Business Expo & Conference. Inside the main hall, more than 120 exhibitors marketed their services to attendees.

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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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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Chasing your dreams in stressful times

In our training, we constantly coach our participants to have a positive vision of future success and a plan to reach it. You have probably heard that any road will get you there if you don’t know where you’re going. It’s all about leading an intentional life. Establishing a powerful personal vision is work. Following through on that work can be even more challenging.

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Why a woman needs an MBA to succeed in business

Ideas are nothing. Execution is everything. While women may have many ideas for starting their own businesses, or for improving an existing business, the problem is that far too few of us can execute those ideas.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Venture capital is a roller coaster, and Wisconsin is along for the ride

The good news: Venture capital investments in Wisconsin through the first three-quarters of 2014 are already double all venture investments last year, and the number of deals is approaching an all-time annual high for the state.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Scott Walker gives a liberal answer on Milwaukee crime

Speaking of Friday’s gubernatorial debate, Our Ms. Burke was asked if she would undo Act 10. She never answered nor did the panelists, sworn to keep the candidates on task, demand an answer.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Jobs, schmobs! Walker-Burke is about the teachers unions

This governor’s race is giving me the heebie-jeebies. It’s closer than a busy locker room gymnasium in August. Here is what the Wisconsin governor’s race is not about: It’s not about jobs, the button issue Democratic challenger Mary Burke pushes hardest. It’s about three things.

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Market and economic update: U.S. markets worry about European slowdown

After the important September employment report, last week’s release of September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes and August data for job openings and turnover seems to pale in comparison. However, the FOMC minutes indicated the committee discussed concerns about the impact on the U.S. economy from slowing growth across the eurozone.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Build a plan for making the most of college

College and tech schools just started a new semester. Seniors in high school, often with the help of their parents, are getting close to finalizing their post-high school plans. Many will look to college or tech school. Some college students are starting to think about grad school. Whatever the next step, this is a critical time for students to make clear plans about their future.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Vote to protect transportation fund on Nov. 4

In my last blog, I talked about a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the state transportation fund. The headline was “One issue we can (almost) all agree on this November.”

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Kickstarter campaign launched to resurrect Black Earth Meats

Wisconsin Bank & Trust, Community Bank & Trust to merge

Jobless rate falls again

ETC partners with UK group

Landmarks Commission halts approval for Monroe Street building

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