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  • Doyenne Group forges strong network of businesswomen

    Madison Noteworthy's Mike Victorson interviews Heather Wentler, executive director and co-founder of the Doyenne Group, an organization dedicated to getting more women involved in entrepreneurship in the Madison community. For more information, go to DoyenneGroup.org.

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WIAA State Tournament 100th Anniversary

WIAA State Tournament 100th Anniversary

On March 19, the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Madison Area Sports Commission rolled out the red carpet in honor of the 100th anniversary of the WIAA Boys State High School Basketball Tournament.

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Elaine Glowacki, The Capitol Lakes Foundation

Elaine Glowacki, The Capitol Lakes Foundation

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Elaine Glowacki, foundation director for The Capitol Lakes Foundation.

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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

Madison and D.C. not so different on transportation policy, unfortunately

The U.S. Capitol building and the Wisconsin State Capitol look very similar. The State Capitol is 284 feet, 5 inches tall from the ground floor to the top of the statue on the dome, making it 3 feet shorter than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison liberals will protest the city they have created and governed

Who knew? Madison — a city governed by liberals, progressives, and socialists for the past 40 years — does not have enough regulations to contain the bloodlust of its police! At least, so those self-same rulers say.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

5 tips for developing effective leaders

A winning team rarely comes together spontaneously. It takes hard work, discipline, and effective team leadership. More specifically, an effective leader takes responsibility for ensuring that each individual within the team is in a position to be a contributing member, that collaborative team dynamics are supported, and that the overall business unit achieves results.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Leaders, get to know your people!

It never ceases to amaze me when people in leadership roles tell me how unimportant it is to get to know their team members on a personal level. The usual comment is something like, “This is work, they’re getting paid to do a job — why should I care about their personal lives?” To answer this question, I will start with an example and then outline an effective way to connect with each person on your team, one by one.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

American Family helping set standard for ‘big company’ role in emerging economy

From the outside, American Family Insurance might strike observers as a buttoned-down, old-line company operating in a traditional business market. Beneath that blue-chip exterior beats the heart of a corporate entrepreneur.

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Open Mic

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Market and economic update: Fed meeting takes place amid a backdrop of softer U.S. economic data

The Fed appears to remain on a path to the end of its zero-interest-rate policy, despite softer U.S. economic data. The key drivers appear to remain employment and inflation data.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Write in Mike Koval for mayor of Madison

One of the great political movies of all time, ranking up there with The Manchurian Candidate and Advise and Consent, is Animal House, that 1978 classic about a ribald college fraternity.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Evil Email: Go old school to communicate more effectively

You may get the impression from the title that I hate email. Actually, it’s a love/hate relationship. One thing that I get frustrated by, as I’m sure you do, is the sheer volume of email that I receive at work. If I’m not keeping up throughout the day, I’ll have about 75 to 100 emails — and I’m pretty diligent about unsubscribing and blocking senders, so there’s another 25-plus in my spam!

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to find and hire great employees

We were in hiring mode last month, and I wanted to make sure we found the right person for the job, so when I attended a recent luncheon I asked some business friends where and how they found their most impressive team members.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

The long-term case for emerging markets

I received this question recently: “Remind me again: why are emerging markets in my portfolio?” A good question. Emerging markets aren’t doing very well lately compared to the U.S. and many other developed markets; it makes sense to wonder why we would want to be invested in them.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Why you need cyber insurance

The adage used to be “nothing is certain in life but death and taxes,” but thanks to the efforts of innovative hackers across the globe, that can now be changed to “death, taxes, and security breaches.” To paraphrase Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, there are two types of companies out there, those that know they’ve been hacked and those that haven’t yet learned about it.

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Open Mic

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Right-to-work: what it means for Wisconsin employers

Despite the significant media attention that has been given to Wisconsin’s recently enacted right-to-work legislation (2015 Wisconsin Act 1), the law is often misunderstood by employers, employees, and the public. This article will answer some frequently asked questions about the right-to-work law and how it impacts union security provisions.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Keeping the pipeline filled with engineers essential for Wisconsin business

If you want to know why engineering appears once again on the rise as a career choice, just check out Education News and its “Career Path” database for average salaries for engineers.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison created a Young & Foolish monster and is now afraid to destroy it

Madison has been put on notice. It will reap the whirlwind no matter how the Wisconsin Justice Department rules in the shooting death of a troubled, mixed-race 19-year-old by a white police officer.

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Cellular Dynamics acquired by Fujufilm

Urban League names new CEO

Garver Feed Mill to become artisan food locale

Former City of Sun Prairie employee pleads guilty to theft

Stark Automotive sells Chevy brand to Bergstrom

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