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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

You’re missing the point on manufacturing

I keep reading about how we need to create more jobs in order to boost our economy. These stories miss the point that jobs are not the issue — workers are.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Democrats’ problem: Their message IS getting through

Blaska’s Bring It! is now a sanctuary blogge. Here’s your free hug, my little cupcake. Now grow a spine!

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Some initial thoughts on a possible low-return investment environment

Bond yields are at historical lows. Some global (including U.S.) equity valuations are subjectively at historically high valuations (subjective meaning there is some varied opinion here). It’s impossible to know what this means in the short-term. It’s also very difficult to exploit in the short-term. The long-term historical evidence though suggests when valuations trade at high levels, future returns may be lower.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In small towns and cities alike, goal should be exposing students to opportunities

FENNIMORE — Same story; different community.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer

FLSA overtime and salary changes put on hold

A federal court, on Nov. 22, 2016, issued an injunction to temporarily stop the Department of Labor from implementing the new rules which were set to change, among other things, the minimum salary that must be paid to exempt employees, which may impact an employee’s eligibility for overtime, from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

Benefits of mindfulness, from an executive's perspective

Keith Ryniak, business director for agency strategy at American Family Insurance, recently shared how mindfulness has benefited him both professionally and personally so that other professionals might enjoy the same benefits.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Are you planting seeds for growth within your organization?

I marvel at old trees. Especially the giant oaks we have around the Madison area. I’m lucky because I get to see them in the country when I’m out biking and also when I’m walking around town.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Networking for results, part 2

So there you are at a networking event. You see several groups of people engaged in conversation. You feel awkward about breaking into those conversations. What to do, what to do?

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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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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith

10 social media and digital marketing tips from Madison’s experts

Are you looking for the latest tips and tricks in social media and digital marketing? This month, I turned to 10 of my favorite local experts to ask what they’ve learned in 2016.

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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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Making sense of taxes under President Trump

Now that we know Donald Trump will be our country’s next president, and the House and Senate both have Republican majorities, you may wonder what that means for your taxes.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Timely reminder that it's always a good time to be thankful

Gratitude can light up the darkest of days, and November reminds us to create an “attitude of gratitude,” as we focus on the people and the things we are grateful for in our lives, both personally and professionally.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

For road projects we need to ask: If not now, when?

Wisconsin’s interstates are neither decorative nor frivolous. A well functioning I-94 or I-90 is not akin to getting granite countertops or adding a sunroom as some have suggested.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

Tackling blockchain: What every business should know

As if the pace of technological change isn’t fast enough, looming around the bend is a next-generation advancement that will change the way in which business transactions are conducted. It’s called blockchain technology and now is the time to consider its impact to your business.

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