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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Foxconn signals start of 'big doin's' in Wisconsin manufacturing

“Big doin’s.” That’s what my grandma would say anytime there was something exciting happening.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Dr. Ruben Anthony on the state of black business

You may have recently read the National Urban League’s 2017 State of Black America Report or Urban League of Greater Madison Dr. Ruben Anthony’s recent assessment of the state of black America.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Book recommendations for a personally and financially successful 2017

As you might know I have a hunger for reading, but more importantly it’s a hunger for actually thinking about what I read and then doing something with it.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In some places, the Civil War isn’t over … or even called that

On the state capitol grounds in South Carolina stands a statue that should be far more offensive in the early 21st century than anything erected in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Can I hold my departed employee’s paycheck if I believe she owes the company money?

We employers have all been there: an employee quits without notice and still possesses uniforms or equipment that belong to the company. Or worse, the employee is disgruntled and damages property of the company on her way out.

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

To build a winning culture at work, learn from the best

To find an organization that has designed a culture of winning, look no further than this year’s NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.

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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

Want better results? Take a genuine interest in your employees and clients

In one of my recent Dale Carnegie classes we had a manager who proudly proclaimed she was from the East Coast and frankly did not believe the least little bit in the importance of getting to know her people on a personal basis.

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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

5 ways to maximize your results when business is slow

Before the post-Labor Day rush back to work, pick one of these strategies to implement to before things pick back up in September.

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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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Don’t be blinded to real threats by dead Confederates

Last week, I was engaged in a "spirited discussion" about the Confederate marker tucked away in a dark corner of a Madison cemetery.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Are you listening to me?

Years ago, a great teacher told a class I attended that proactive listening is the path to great success.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Recalling the transportation and economic lessons of Tommy Thompson

There is a noteworthy project going on right now to celebrate and, more importantly, learn from the 14-year term of Governor Tommy G. Thompson.

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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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