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Icons in Business: Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers

Icons in Business: Rick Schlesinger, Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger gave his audience some insight into how the team has risen among the ranks of successful MLB franchises during the Dec. 17 Icons in Business breakfast at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

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  • What’s Your Personal Brand?

    Rehearsed elevator speeches no longer work. Rather, you need a personal brand that’s both compelling and authentic. If you want to seem real to potential clients, don't miss this video of Jim Signorelli, the keynote presenter at the 2014 IB Expo and Conference. The best-selling author of StoryBranding and CEO of Chicago-based eswStoryLab Marketing, Signorelli gave the audience a plan for finding happiness and success by living and promoting one's personal brand.

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Smart Sustainable Biz

with Jessie Lerner

Have you asked your vendors what they can do for sustainability?

Organizations that focus on sustainability in the workplace regularly look for ways to reduce energy use and enhance employee health. However, if your company does not depend on the kind of global/national supply chains that Walmart and other large corporations do, it’s easy to overlook sustainability opportunities and forget to ask the right questions of your vendors.

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Employers need to keep track of criminal records laws

A growing number of states and cities are passing laws restricting employers from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s criminal history during the beginning stages of the hiring process. These are widely known as “ban-the-box” laws because they prohibit employers from requiring an applicant to check a box on a job application indicating that he or she has a criminal record.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Holiday perks list includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

A source close to the toy industry has once again leaked a copy of Santa’s perks list for Wisconsin politicians and newsmakers. Here’s what the good boys and girls in Madison and Washington will reportedly find in their stockings this Christmas. But they better not pout and they better not cry if an alert district attorney asks why gifts were delivered down chimneys after midnight.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Top 10 wage and hour mistakes employers make

“Seven-figure settlement arising from misclassification of independent contractors.” “Top retailer gets hammered for failure to pay overtime.” These are two headlines among many others in recent years describing significant wage and hour settlements and awards.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Have a very Noam Chomsky Christmas, you godless, Bolshevik finger puppets!

Christmas has come to the Stately Manor, as it does every year about this time. The indentured servants will be given an afternoon off to gaze at the joyous Christmas tree that brightens the inspirational Hall of Republican Donors. (Commemorative tiles still available. We take PayPal.)

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Market and economic report: Falling oil prices capture markets’ attention

The decline in oil prices has captured the markets’ attention, leaving key economic data in the background. The 40% decline in oil prices will typically lift U.S. economic activity by about 1% over the next couple of years. The benefits will take some time to be reflected in the economic data, likely later in 2015.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Fanlund, in Madison’s Funland, resents the rejection of redistributionism

There is so much wrong with Paul Fanlund’s overlong diatribe “No end in sight to Wisconsin’s politics of resentment” that it is difficult to know where to begin. The editor of The Capital Times, “Your Progressive Voice,” is the blind man who describes the elephant after stroking only the tail, then complains about the peanuts.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

How to take a win-win approach to negotiations

Although the parties involved in any negotiation probably have different motives, values, concerns, and reasons for wanting a particular solution, it’s safe to say that everyone involved is equally committed to the outcome, both intellectually and emotionally.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Equity crowdfunding in Wisconsin: Another way for startups to raise capital

It’s no surprise that startups have long had difficulty raising capital. Few people are willing to invest thousands of dollars in a new business whose future is uncertain. As a result, some startups have turned to reward crowdfunding, which allows hundreds or thousands of individuals to donate smaller amounts and thereby minimize risk.

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Why you need to use your website to teach your customers

What expectations do you have for your website? Should it be a digital business card? Should it be a lengthier version of your advertising brochure? Or could it be much, much more?

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In the tech world, ‘right-to-work’ laws aren’t a factor

If you ask the typical technology company executive or worker what he or she thinks of “right-to-work” laws, which say workers cannot be forced to join a union shop and pay dues as a condition of employment, you may get a blank stare for an answer.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Mary Burke to be sworn in as Wisconsin governor*

Extra! Extra! Read all aboud-it! There’s good news in the parallel universe of Emerald City, land of infinite entitlement, moral superiority, and permanent protest. All mimsy were ye borogoves inside the liberal-progressive-socialist bubble!

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Poopin’ in the chambers, junking up city hall, and calling ‘stupid’

And they say Scott Walker is stupid because he didn’t finish college. Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances said the same thing about Dubya and he had degrees from Harvard and Yale. Voters, clinging to their guns and religion, are stupid for electing them. But the Republican Party does not run Madison’s City-County Building.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

The redistributionist ideology needs victims

As then-Milwaukee county executive Scott Walker would say, Molotov! The resisting-arrest shooting in Ferguson and the bogus rape at the University of Virginia fraternity house are two fronts in the redistributionists’ war on America.

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