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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.

Seeking civility at the workplace during uncivil times

In nearly every arena of our society, there is a measurable increase in “bad behavior.”

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Prepping doesn’t mean ‘end of world’; it means being prepared for Harvey-like events

The clean up from Hurricane Harvey has just begun. In addition to the tragic loss of life (35 known dead), initial estimates suggest it could be one of if not the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

After the vote: Behind the scenes work on Foxconn just beginning

[Yesterday, Gov. Scott Walker signed] legislation endorsing the framework of an incentive package for the Foxconn Technology Group, which is poised to make a $10-billion investment in the state.

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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

Cut turnover and boost productivity with on-site mindfulness training

In this tough labor market, employers are looking to keep employees and make the most of them.

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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

Attitude + Persistence = Resiliency

I believe it is fair to say that most of us, by the time we have been out in the real world of life and work, have encountered bumps in the road.

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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

The one secret you need to know to get great customer reviews

When is your customer’s enthusiasm the highest? After a great experience, right? After you’ve done something awesome, your customer WANTS to support you and tell other people.

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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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WisConnect matches employers with student talent to grow Wisconsin’s workforce

If you are a student looking for internship opportunities or an employer looking to grow your talent pipeline, register today with WisConnect, the state’s premier online source for internships.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Summer's gone, and it took our mojo!

I’ve been at a couple networking events recently, including an industry trade show, where the prime topic of conversation centered on what a great summer it’s been and how hard it is to get back into the swing of things.

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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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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

How prepared is your business for a state of emergency?

There are more places under states of emergency than I can ever recall.

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