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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Get excited about cybersecurity — no, really!

Cybersecurity affects everyone. Engage around the subject and strengthen your business and personal capabilities.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

What can we do to hire a more diverse workforce?

The region’s workforce is 15.1% people of color, with 6.4% and 6.3% being Latino and African-American respectively, as well as a gender split of 46.7% female and 53.3% male. Based on this, it would seem that there might be some truth to the notion that it is difficult to find diversity.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Build your financial plan with strategies, not stories

Last year was not a normal year. In some measures, it had been decades since a year like 2017 occurred in terms of low U.S. stock market volatility.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Keeping H-1B immigrants at home will help Wisconsin’s labor crunch

The H-1B is one of the few programs that allow foreign-born innovators, such as engineers and computer scientists, to stay in the country and begin the path toward citizenship. Yet, it takes dumb luck to qualify.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

Independent contractors: What we can learn from the Jammal v. Am Fam decision

In the Jammal case, the court found that, under ERISA, the agents were employees, and had been misclassified as independent contractors.

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

From marshmallows to mindfulness: How to achieve success through self-control

Delaying gratification to maximize one’s ROI testifies to the importance of patience.

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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

The POWER of the handwritten appreciation note

Unfortunately, like many other practices from the “old days,” it seems that the handwritten note is slowly dying.

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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

4 social media lessons from Donald Driver and speaking at the NYSE

I was fortunate enough to run into Green Bay Packer legend Donald Driver at the LaGuardia airport in New York City last week.

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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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6 of the worst trade show marketing mistakes to avoid

Trade shows and conferences are a still a key strategy in most business-to-business marketing plans, and they take up a large portion of the marketing budget because they have the highest cost per lead of any marketing activity.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Business lessons I learned at my mother’s knee

My mother was a great businesswoman. She made it clear to me from my early childhood that it was accepted and fashionable for women to not only be in business, but also to succeed in business.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Wisconsin's roads crumble while difficult decisions are delayed

There are precious few legislators from either house who don’t express, in clear terms, that Wisconsin’s current transportation revenue is inadequate to meet current needs, but in the end nothing changes.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

Blockchain is bigger than bitcoin

Over the past few months, cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have been the talk of the town, inspiring commentary verging on hyperbole. Having said that, we should not allow the crypto-craze to obscure one thing that seems more certain: the technology that cryptocurrencies are built upon — blockchain — is here to stay.

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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

Estate planning doesn’t go away because of new tax law

The reality is that our own demise is a new beginning for our loved ones. When our door closes, a new chapter and phase in their lives begins.

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