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High Tech Happy Hour 13th Anniversary

High Tech Happy Hour 13th Anniversary

On Aug. 21, 450 Madison-area professionals gathered at the Memorial Union to celebrate High Tech Happy Hour's 13th anniversary.

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Market and economic update: Fed dominated last week’s economic data

Federal Reserve news dominated economic data last week. The minutes of the July Federal Open Market Committee meeting seemed to indicate the Fed believes the economy and labor markets are consistently improving and rates may be allowed to rise sooner rather than later.

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

Can cash really be an ‘investment’?

Cash or cash equivalents like money markets or savings accounts are occasionally considered money “not doing anything” for you. And I don’t blame folks for thinking this way, given that yields on cash are essentially 0% to maybe 0.75% (judging by a cursory review of FDIC options via various online banks).

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Should free-market capitalists enjoy the appearance of free speech?

If you really want to understand the yin and yang of campaign finance law, hire a $300/hour attorney specializing in the field. If you can settle for the gist, one need only understand that the voluminous laws and regulations amount simply to this: avoiding the “appearance of corruption.”

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Small Business, Big Ideas

with Jean Willard

IRS helps cover the costs of looking after kiddos ... even in the summer

Most working parents are well aware that they get a tax break to help cover the costs of sending their children to day care during the school year. What they might not realize is that now with their children in alternative care for the summer, some of those tax advantages continue to be available.

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The Web Chef's Cafe

with Paul Gibler

How to use the growing power of Instagram to boost your business

Instagram is among the fastest-growing social sharing platforms, with more than 200 million users, 1.6 billion daily likes, and more than 60 million photos posted per day. Instagram is a mobile photo and video-sharing platform that was launched in 2010 and was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to make friends … and get business

This past week I was in networking mode, with something on the calendar almost every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even with today’s emphasis on social media marketing, many of my business friends feel that in-person networking events still help pave the way to business deals.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Work like a dog

From the headline, you probably thought this blog was going to be about how if you work really hard you’ll get ahead and succeed. While that’s true, that’s not where I’m going. I’m thinking more about how you can succeed at work, and life in general, if you mimic the lovable traits of man’s best friend.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Campaign for governor may hinge on new answers to old question

A generation ago, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan may have sealed his victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter with this question posed during a televised debate: “Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself: Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Eliminate state treasurer? Sure. While we’re at it, let’s ax these pointless jobs

You won’t get five paragraphs into Friday’s Wisconsin State Journal staff editorial without guffawing like a ’shrooming Arizona octogenarian at a Carrot Top concert.

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Market and economic update: U.S. economic data continues to trend positive

The positive trend in U.S. economic data continued last week. Industrial production grew 0.4% in July and nearly 5% over the past year, the highest year-over-year pace since January 2011, with capacity utilization (the rate of usage for industrial equipment) inching up to 79.2%, the highest level since 2008.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Ferguson, Mo., is where liberal racism went to die

Like the O.J. Simpson jury, the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., is a litmus test of the two Americas — the personally responsible versus the chronic victim. An 18-year-old black man is gunned down with his hands raised in surrender at the hand of a racist white police officer of a militarized occupying power. From that initial narrative, catnip for the mainstream news media, the story keeps getting walked back.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Estate planning for copyrights in the digital-media era

As digital media evolves, owners of copyrighted material are discovering new avenues to disseminate and monetize their property. More and more, copyright owners are increasing the value of their intellectual property by distributing their material via smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other next-generation devices.

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Dedicated night owl finds time for Get Fit Challenge

I hate working out. I have a treadmill. I have a weight machine. I have a room dedicated to working out. And I hate doing it. It’s boring. I would much rather play a pickup game of basketball or go hiking or go for a bike ride. Problem is, by the time I can get a workout in, it’s late at night.

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Must employees be paid for time spent prepping for the workday?

Many employers have employees who must arrive at work before their official start times to get their workstations ready. For example, a call center employee who works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. may need to arrive at work in the morning with enough time to boot up a computer, log in to company systems, and otherwise be ready to take the first call at 9 a.m. so that he or she will be considered “on time” per the company’s rules.

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