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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

08/01/11

Diversity Plus

The age of diversity is far from over, but even some of its evangelists note that during the Great Recession, it took a back seat to survival. Long frustrated in its attempts to move beyond incremental progress in meeting diversity goals, corporate America, and soon companies of all sizes, will not only view "inclusion" as a way to drive business performance in a way diversity never could, but as a more effective way to finally make workforce diversity reflect the growing diversity of American society. Companies like JP Morgan Chase, Chevron, and Medtronics have begun to implement inclusion as a business strategy.

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07/26/11

Craftily brewing up an investment storm

“Beer is an affordable luxury.” Truer words were never uttered, and they were spoken recently by Carl Nolen, the former president and CEO of the Madison-based Capital Brewery.

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07/12/11

Time for a sub-minimum wage for teens

Summer is finally upon us – in terms of calendar and temperature – and teenagers are once again discovering the same weak job market that has plagued adults. With teen employment over 24% nationally for teens ages 16 to 19 (including 19% in Wisconsin), and averaging over 25% in half of the 50 states, according to the Employment Policies Institute, it’s time to rethink the minimum wage.

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07/05/11

What makes Kaleem Caire tick?

Every once in a while, when I’m thinking about this more perfect union that each succeeding generation (including ours) is supposed to be forming, I wonder what it would be like if every segment of the American family lived up to its full potential.

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07/01/11

About that double dip

With the new year, the uncertainty that dogged the economy appeared to be easing. Washington agreed to maintain current tax rates and even enact more business incentives. New governors assumed leadership and (before challenging collective bargaining) began cutting tax rates. For a three-month period, jobs were being created at a more robust pace, and there was hope of even greater job-creating velocity. Yet all it took for double dip recession talk to re-emerge was one bad month of economic data. One month is a blip, not a trend, but some appear to be openly rooting for more misery.

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