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Top executives turn out for Exec Connect

Top executives turn out for Exec Connect

Exec Connect, held May 20 at the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center, attracted 236 executives who swapped stories and made new connections over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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Devin Renner, True Coffee Roasters

Devin Renner, True Coffee Roasters

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Devin Renner, Creative Director, True Coffee Roasters.

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  • Beer Cap Maps takes collecting in a new direction

    Madison Noteworthy's Christi Andringa and Mike Victorson interview Jesse Darley, co-founder of Beer Cap Maps, an innovative new business in Madison. Darley and fellow co-founder Steve Latham's virtual business produces laser-cut wooden maps of various U.S. states and countries that can hold your beer (or soda) cap collection and make for a unique wall hanging. Visit beercapmaps.com.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison liberals are making the case for school choice

Can you blame parents for wanting out of our public schools? Taxpayers for balking at more spending? Republican legislators for promoting alternatives to the public school monopoly?

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Shooting nine politically incorrect questions at troubled neighborhoods near you

We welcome the Wisconsin State Journal’s interest in the gun battle raging in the city of Madison — 35 separate incidents so far this year and the weather has yet to really heat up. Law-abiding residents are hitting the deck to avoid the crossfire — inside their own homes! They’re making plans to send children away for the summer as Londoners did in 1940 when preparing for the Nazi invasion.

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Open Mic

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Economic update: Q2 economic growth looks like it won’t reach 2014 levels

U.S. economic data last week appears to indicate the economy is not yet rebounding from first quarter weakness. Retail sales remain weak, particularly given the benefits to consumers from lower energy prices. Retail sales were flat in April and year-over-year growth slowed further. Coupled with surprising weakness in the preliminary survey of consumer confidence by the University of Michigan, it appears second quarter growth may not accelerate in a similar fashion as we observed last year.

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Put your small business retirement plan to work

If you own a small business, you’ve got a lot on your mind: cash flow, competitors, payroll, and the endless search for new customers. Nonetheless, as busy as you are today, you still need to think about tomorrow. Specifically, are you prepared for the future with an effective retirement plan?

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Ugh! Performance review time

A recent HR Magazine article presented some interesting statistics from the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) that speak to the general satisfaction level of the performance review process by employees, managers, and HR professionals.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Texas’ outlaw motorcycle gangs

I tell my acquaintances that I’m an antisocial outlaw biker. Gadzooks! What was that in Waco, Texas? Nine dead and 18 injured — some of them from police gunfire; 130 arrested?

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Manners count!

I’m a people watcher — an observer. No matter where I go, I’m learning something. I consider it “continuing education” to observe how others treat their customers/clients and vendors, no matter the field or industry.

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Forward HR

with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

Creating a high-performing environment

Leaders play an important role in creating a motivating work environment. They set the tone by demonstrating respect, valuing employees, and creating a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Economic development in rural Wisconsin: What’s working?

If you want to understand just how misleading the unemployment rate can be as an economic indicator, take a look at rural Wisconsin.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Not enough police have been killed

Today, May 15, is National Peace Officer Memorial Day, a fitting day to examine the notion prevalent in Madison that not enough police are dying in the line of duty to justify defending themselves.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Turning work into a game is serious business

Gamification can help engage employees in their benefits, wellness, and other crucial areas. It’s a simple concept: When you make work fun, you can improve both productivity and employee morale.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The Al Sharpton crew has set the terms of the debate and Madison is tongue-tied

Your humble squire criticized the Wisconsin State Journal for running a canned out-of-town editorial on Tuesday, the day the Dane County district attorney announced his decision on whether to prosecute Officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of Tony Robinson.

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Union Corners finance deal reached

Health care deductibles voted in for state employees

Neuwave raises $25 million

Wisconsin a top place for senior health

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