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Galaxie Groundbreaking

On Sept. 16, representatives from the City of Madison, Gebhardt Development, and Festival Foods participated in the official groundbreaking for The Galaxie.

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What’s more valuable than free beer?

Ya gotta love fall in Wisconsin. The leaves are turning, the “W” is flying, and the Better Business Bureau is hosting its biannual free document-shredding event. All right, I’ll concede that free shredding is not as exciting as a pregame tailgate with free beer. However, it can be far more valuable to you and your customers.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

3 steps for maximizing voluntary benefits’ return on investment

Offering voluntary benefits is great way to provide employees with a wider set of options and position yourself as an employer of choice. However, just offering voluntary benefits may not be enough. Employers should take the following steps to not only manage costs but also increase overall program value.

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

Developing a strategy for collecting sales taxes away from home

If you have a thriving small business headquartered here in Wisconsin and want to begin soliciting business from out-of-state clients, you need to know about what lawmakers refer to as nexus.

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How can your company protect confidential information when an employee leaves?

There are a number of ways Wisconsin companies can protect their confidential information in the event an employee leaves. These generally fall into the following categories: statutory trade secrets protections, contractual protections (such as confidentiality agreements), and certain best practices that may be used to quickly identify whether information has been taken by a departing employee, which potentially allows for the quick recovery of such information.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Power networking a key part of business prospecting

This coming Thursday at 8 a.m., I will have the pleasure of presenting a mini-seminar on power networking at Madison Nonprofit Day at Monona Terrace. Many of you already know how much I enjoy meeting and connecting people. I think it’s part of my life’s mission because connecting people is so second nature to me.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Intrepid Koch-head offends Madison’s left on Willy Street

It was an encounter of the Third or Fourth Kind. An irascible conservative, self-confessed gun nut, and Walker supporter (all in the same corpus) appeared at a liberal-progressive-socialist gabfest on Madison’s Willy Street Friday night like a job recruiter at an Occupy demonstration.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

History of venture conference reflects growth of Wisconsin’s tech sector

Thirty years ago, a smart young entrepreneur stood up in front of a group of investors at the first Madison Venture Fair to talk about a company that was selling molecular biological products, such as enzymes and nucleic acids, to researchers and laboratories.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Scott Walker’s benefits trickling down unevenly

In a recent TV ad, Scott Walker claims that the average Wisconsin family has received a big windfall as a result of his reforms. Cue the all-you-can-eat disinformation buffet.

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Minority Biz Report

with Sam Owens

Madison doesn’t get it: Businesses need to rethink their approach to diversity

In the interests of full disclosure, let me state that I am an entrepreneur who values multiculturalism. Not simply as a marketing strategy but as a fundamental cultural value. So I take issue with the Greater Madison business community’s common use of the term “diversity and inclusion.”

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Market and economic update: The eurozone stalls as the U.S. economy sees growth

Monetary policy authorities remained at the center of market attention last week. Global developed market economies seem to be headed in different directions, with eurozone activity slowing toward no growth and the U.S. economy growing around 3%.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Where should your business store its data?

Businesses of all sizes, at all stages of growth, and across every industry struggle with the same question: Where should we store our data? Emerging companies usually deal with this question early on. More mature companies have existing data-storage practices already in place but, given the growth of “big data,” are often forced to reevaluate.

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Get Fit challenger reclaims youthful prowess

When I started the Get Fit Challenge, I had a secret goal. I wanted to be able to bench-press the same weight I did in college, back in the late 1970s. After five months of working out with trainer Grant Brooks at Hybrid Fitness, I achieved that goal!

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

For best results, know yourself

A few years back I went through a coaching experience that was both interesting and productive. As is typical, the first step was an assessment of my strengths and “opportunities for improvement.” Although I thought I was pretty aware of my “opportunities,” I really benefited from the chance to fully understand them.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison genuflects at Tomb of the Unidentified Voter

Rumor (which I am starting here) is that the Emerald City will erect a new monument to replace Nail’s Tails outside Camp Randall: the Tomb of the Unidentified Voter. Yes, Voter ID still has our (you know what) acquaintances in a paranoid snit.

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