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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Worker shortage should increase wages — is your company ready?

I caught up on reading during the New Year’s weekend and came across a Wall Street Journal article that showed how the front edge of the body gap is beginning to affect wages.

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Mosaic Marketplace

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

Progress for black women rooted in love

Fresh off a morning radio appearance where she spoke to listeners about manifesting their destiny and living their purpose, Sabrina Madison explained that she works hard in support of black women because she is “really, really driven by wanting black women to be better. To be more whole. To be more able to accomplish their goals.”

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Grasshoppers v. ants, and tax reform

Tax reform has, after much deliberation, passed. It took me 30 minutes to read a summary of the reform. Summaries should not take 30 minutes.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Underused ‘white space’ in broadcast spectrum offers broadband hope

Wisconsin is on a short list of a dozen states targeted by a coalition led by Microsoft to greatly expand the use of white space, mainly in the television spectrum, to extend high-speed broadband internet service to homes, businesses, and more.

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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

Effective teams: Google reveals its secret

Wondering how to create consistently effective teams that make that time productive in your own organization? Google has revealed the secret to effective teams, but it’s not what you think.

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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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Signs point to more employer-friendly bent to NLRB

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found numerous and regular faults with employer policies. But a recent memorandum from the office of Peter B. Robb, the board’s new general counsel, may signal that the NLRB’s eight-year, pro-employee trend will soon decelerate.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Envisioning a simpler professional life

As we welcome in the New Year, some business friends and I have been talking about the need to simplify things in our personal and our professional lives.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

2017 was not a great year for transportation funding in Wisconsin

Now that 2017 is in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back on what was a wild ride when it came to transportation funding in the state of Wisconsin. Google Maps could not possibly have mapped this route.

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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

It may be time to consider private equity as an exit option

What do you think of when you hear someone talking about selling to or recapitalizing their business through a private equity group?

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