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Cultivating the Community

Cultivating the Community

The YMCA of Dane County's annual Cultivate the Community luncheon held May 19 was an occasion to celebrate community and thank hundreds of volunteers, donors, and sponsors for their time and resources.

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Erin Ruppenthal, Savvy Owl Marketing & PR

Erin Ruppenthal, Savvy Owl Marketing & PR

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Erin Ruppenthal, founder and owner, Savvy Owl Marketing & PR.

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  • 40 Under 40, 2016 Class, Part 4

    Get to know some of the professionals selected for In Business magazine’s 2016 class of 40 Under 40. You’ll learn a bit about their professional lives as well as some of their lesser-known talents. In this episode, we feature Rob Plesha, VP-actuarial services, small group and individual business, Unity Health Insurance; Amy Kerwin, president and founder, Primates Inc.; Mark Greene, senior director, United Way of Dane County; and Erin Arango-Escalante, director, client relations and early years, WIDA, UW–Madison.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Will you have to start paying your salaried employee $47,500 a year?

Raise your hand if you thought that paying your employee a salary over the minimum salary level (currently $23,660 a year, or $455 a week) made the employee exempt from (or not eligible for) overtime? Be honest. There are many of you out there.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Business ideas so good you’ll want to hit yourself

The best business ideas are those that solve a problem in some way. Going through the “School of Hard Knocks” in any business, you learn that if there’s a problem that affects one business, chances are it also affects others.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Entrepreneurs’ Conference will help answer ‘Why Wisconsin?’

In the global competition for economic prosperity, some places are positioned to perform better than others. That’s the natural order of things.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The road to the White House has four lanes to perdition

In today’s Wisconsin State Journal, National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg posits a four-way race for president. The Blaska Policy Werkes has been predicting the same for several months now. Admittedly, this may be a case of wish being father to the thought.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

How leaders should show employee appreciation

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” — William James, the “father” of American psychology You will note that William James did not speak of “desire” or “wish.” He said “craving.” Even though his words were spoken many years ago, they hold as true today as ever.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

When does indexing investments require caution?

I’m a big fan of index funds. I prefer lower-cost asset class funds (similar to indexes, but more surgically structured to target factors or asset classes), but let’s not nitpick here. Today, the investment world well knows the value of indexing.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

What every entrepreneur’s business plan should consider

For any entrepreneur, owning your own business is something you’ve always dreamed of. And to have the opportunity to achieve that goal with your best friend (and in this case, brother) is the cherry on top of the sundae. What you don’t plan for is to watch that sundae melt away on the sidewalk outside your office.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Handicap-accessible websites: Ensure your website is ADA compliant

Almost all businesses are aware of the need to make their physical locations accessible by those with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, many companies are unaware of the importance of ensuring that another crucial aspect of their company complies with the ADA: client-facing websites.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Stopping the slide: Wisconsin’s higher education system helps economy

It would be a mistake to believe higher education’s financial woes in Wisconsin began the day Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Alds. Phair and Cheeks: Put the crayons away and hire more police

Madison cannot solve its crime and quality of life issues until it overcomes its progressive blind spot on race. My “white privilege” is not littering the parking lots of Madison with chalk body outlines.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Our foggy mountain motorcycle breakdown in the Smokies

Squire Blaska has returned to the Stately Manor. Kickstand is down, brain bucket is off.

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Open Mic

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Overtime rules are just government interference in the workplace

This week, President Obama’s Department of Labor moved forward with extensive changes to the nation's overtime regulations. The stated intent of the new rule is to raise the wages of approximately 4 million workers. But in reality, the Obama administration’s latest fiat will not be good for employers, workers, or the economy.

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Verona’s $500 million development

Appeals court deals Epic blow

Bell Labs expanding

DeForest building project moves forward

Cloud-based law office opens

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