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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

An Explorer in an XLR world

I’m not a car guy. My Ford Explorer will pass 100,000 miles sometime in the next few weeks and I’m happy because it gets me there. Somewhere along the way, I lost the car gene.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Hello, I must be going

Didn’t Groucho say that once? That’s where your Humble Bloggeur is at. He is pulling up stakes and heading for the high country. Going indie.

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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

Hyde shows how young firms can emerge with help from Business Plan Contest

Part of what kept Hyde afloat was its performance in the business plan contest, which is open for entries for its 14th year through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.govsbizplancontest.com.

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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

How to win together: What Google learned about successful teams

Over the past five years, Google conducted a deep dive into what makes the most effective teams. What they discovered will likely come as a surprise to many — psychological confidence is the key indicator of successful teams.

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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

7 steps to be a better you in the New Year

Here are seven “BE” resolutions for 2017 that could serve as a guide to a positive New Year.

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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

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

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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4 marketing pillars to build a business as strong as the Parthenon

Every business should be built upon the same principle, using a plethora of marketing pillars to uphold the pressure of its success, and together produce significant results.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to effectively network anywhere, anytime

Making connections and building relationships can be the key to success for most individuals and companies. By effectively building a network of friends, business associates, and colleagues, we can pretty much ensure that when seeking new clients, a new job, or advice and help with new ventures, we’ll have a network to call upon.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Are our highways too big to fix?

In Wisconsin we seem to have a new concept being floated by some: Too big to fix. Under this theory, Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure has fallen into such serious disrepair that it would require a tax increase so massive as to throw a wet blanket on the economy.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos and Andrew Schlidt

Don’t brush off the legal considerations of the ‘smartification’ of consumer products

As a technology lawyer who concentrates on the Internet of Things (“IoT”), it was a stark reminder that the IoT is here and is beginning to more pervasively intertwine into the daily fabric of our lives.

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