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2014 MARC Golf Classic

2014 MARC Golf Classic

Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers (MARC) held its 11th annual golf classic in June at The Meadows of Six Mile Creek in Waunakee. MARC is a 60-year-old nonprofit service agency helping area businesses support adults with developmental disabilities.

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Market and economic update: U.S. jobs market continues to improve

The U.S. jobs market continues to improve, adding 288,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in the month of June. In addition, revisions to April and May data added another 29,000 jobs. In June, the unemployment rate slipped 0.2% to 6.1%. The U.S. economy has now surpassed its previous peak of total payroll employment reached in January 2008.

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Get Fit challenger Peterson hits home stretch with head of steam

The In Business Get Fit Challenge is winding down. We are more than three months into the competition with less than two months to go until the final weigh-in. As anyone competing in a race or striving for a goal would do, I’m assessing where I am and what needs to be done to complete this challenge and be satisfied with my performance and results.

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with Terry Siebert

25 thoughts about business, selling, and success (part 2)

In last month’s blog, we reviewed the first 13 of 25 thoughts based on the experience of my colleague from Toronto, Kevin Crone. Here are the final 12 insights from Kevin.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Young adults: Avoid these 6 financial mistakes

Most of my clients have children; some are young, working adult children. Some of my clients are young adults as well. Occasionally, clients ask me for tips they can offer their adult kids. I angle my suggestions toward preventing mistakes, because for people of any age, especially young folks, mistakes made today have an exponentially large impact on their lives 10, 20, or 30 years from now.

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Why business owners should prepare for post-sale transitions and finances

We have worked with a number of entrepreneurs over the years who have poured their hearts and souls into their businesses. And when the time is right, generally before normal retirement age, some take an opportunity to sell their company. It often allows an entrepreneur to sell at the right time — when the price they can get for their business is optimal, when it’s time for diversification, or before health issues or other problems might force them to sell.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

6 ways to create loyal customers

Loyalty, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “the quality of being loyal. It’s giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.” Most business owners and managers agree that loyal customers are their greatest sales force. We all know how important it is to keep current customers happy.

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with David Blaska

Just like a good neighbor … crime is your fault for not mingling

The Madison Conceit holds that good hearts can overcome the culture of victimhood, and government dependence, all of which erode self-respect, responsibility, and initiative. Show up with your extended family, no job, no housing, and no money and the mayor hisself will come get you and hook you up with all those taxpayer-paid services. (Readers from outside Madison, that actually happened!)

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Inside Wisconsin

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Supreme Court’s cell phone decision in keeping with ‘digital privacy’ trends

You wouldn’t guess it based on its sharply divided decisions in the “Hobby Lobby” contraceptives coverage case or the Illinois public-employee fees ruling, but this U.S. Supreme Court has achieved consensus more than any other in recent history.

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Declaring my complete independence

Just days away from Independence Day, I’m declaring my independence — from party affiliation, from ideology, from just about everything. This position was not arrived at overnight. With apologies to Churchill and his famous quote about the wisdom of age, I offer this explanation: As a youngster with a heart, I began as an independent who leaned Democrat. As an adult with a head, I became an independent who leaned Republican. Now, aging into an irretrievable cynic, I’ve developed a profound distrust of both.

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The Bottom Line

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Tips for effective injury prevention and claims management

In its 2014 Workplace Safety Index, Liberty Mutual estimated that employers pay just under $1 billion per week to injured employees and their medical care providers. Even one serious workplace injury may impact the bottom line of a small or mid-size business.

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Get Fit challenger takes healthier approach to second fitness journey

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life. I participated in sports growing up and have been an avid swimmer since I was a child. Yet I was always overweight. Blame it on family genetics and my love of delicious, bad-for-you food. But even overweight, I never felt bad about my body or my lot in the genetic pool — in fact, I was ridiculously confident.

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Why the BBB loves unhappy customers and you should too

At the Better Business Bureau, we talk, online chat, email, and write to many unhappy customers every day. Our customer information specialists and trade practice consultants work hard to calm nerves, put problems in perspective, and get customers and businesses working on a resolution.

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

New business repair regulations: When is a repair actually a repair?

Now that tax season is months behind us, it’s time to catch up with all the new topics that will affect us over the course of this year and beyond. One of the areas we need to put more emphasis on is whether money spent should be classified as a true repair or as a capitalized fixed asset.

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Inside Wisconsin

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Can’t find skilled workers? Wisconsin businesses can often shop close to home

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