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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Mayor, Common Council kick and spit on Madison police

You don’t have to be The Amazing Criswell to predict that next spring’s elections for Madison Common Council will be hotly contested. Eleven of the 20 alders just doubled down on attracting opponents. It is time to clean house.

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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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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

State policies matter in sizing ‘toolbox’ for high-growth economy

In Wisconsin as in every state, the public economic development toolbox includes an assortment of hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches. Knowing what tool to use can be the tricky part, especially when it comes to building the right “home” for startups and emerging companies.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

The dangers of ‘business as usual’ (Don’t be a monkey!)

The most recent edition of the Harvard Business Review dedicated a great deal of space to “innovation.” It is an area that is more critical than ever to the success of a growing business in today’s rapidly changing, extremely competitive environment.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Keep calm and supervise on

The problem would have been averted if everyone just followed the rules. Unexpected behavior can lead to bad consequences.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Four essential HR technology trends for 2016 and beyond

Many employers are operating with legacy HR technology systems that have not been revised in several years. This can be a disastrous oversight in the war for talent, especially with the time- and cost-saving technologies that are readily available.

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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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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith

How to use #Hashtags in your business

“What is a hashtag?” is the most common question I hear when I give presentations on social media. People typically understand the concept but the deeper question is really, “How can I use hashtags in my business?”

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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

The checklist manifesto for business

Here’s a little survival tip for consultants. Do NOT suggest that a middle market company adopt a new procedure. No one likes new procedures. By extension they do not like consultants who bring up new procedures.

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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 Mindi Giftos and Ariane Strombom

What every business needs to know about the Defend Trade Secrets Act

In light of the changes that come with the DTSA, it is a good time for all companies to revisit their employee and contractor policies to ensure they have appropriate whistleblower disclosures. This includes reviewing employment policies and contracts, consultant and independent contract agreements, severance agreements, non-competes, and non-disclosure agreements.

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Open Mic

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Six lessons to win in business like Muhammad Ali

So often in life, winning is about doing away with the competition. Few knew this reality better than the late, great Muhammad Ali. His actions provide some useful lessons to anyone who wants to get out and win. Here are six of the most important ones.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

9 home-selling tips for when your job makes you move

Let’s face it folks — the home sales market is crazy busy right now in Dane County. I learned that firsthand this spring.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Businesses and local governments agree — Wisconsin roads suck

Over the past several weeks, the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin hosted community discussions about local transportation concerns. We held sessions in La Crosse, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Janesville, and Wausau.

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