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    Madison-based kilt maker Regina Davan shares how she makes her custom kilts, which she sells to customers around the world.

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2015 Leadership Greater Madison Kickoff

2015 Leadership Greater Madison Kickoff

Leadership Greater Madison kicked off its 22nd program year on Feb. 24 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

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Betsy MacDonald, MassMutual Wisconsin

Betsy MacDonald, MassMutual Wisconsin

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Betsy MacDonald, executive assistant at MassMutual Wisconsin and owner of Little Slice of Heaven Massage Therapy.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Young and Foolish, ‘crimes of poverty,’ and ‘white privilege’ have had their 15 minutes

Tell us this, Brandi Grayson: Were the three shootings over the weekend on the southwest side and at West Towne Mall “crimes of poverty”? Tell us this, Paul Fanlund: Are police the problem or the solution? Tell us this, County Sup. Leland Pan: Is the county jail an investment in a livable community?

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What Neil deGrasse Tyson can teach us about business

Do you recognize the name Neil deGrasse Tyson? He’s an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, host of the 2014 version of the show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Why would this brilliant scientist be a regular guest on The Daily Show on Comedy Central? Why would he have made appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien?

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It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

How to make your website a sales machine

David Ogilvy was a legendary adman and salesman who cut his teeth selling stoves door to door. Decades ago, Ogilvy said, “The worst fault a salesman can commit is to be a bore. Foster any attempt to talk about other things; the longer you stay, the better you get to know the prospect, and the more you will be trusted.”

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Use the power of manifestation (and enthusiasm) to improve your business

I remember visiting a friend’s home many years ago and seeing small paper signs taped up everywhere. I got close enough to read some of the signs and saw that all of them were written in the present tense and all were affirmations.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

Should you be worried about a Federal Reserve interest rate hike?

After years of record-low interest rates, at some point this year the Federal Reserve is expected to begin raising its target federal funds interest rate (the rate at which banks lend to one another funds they’ve deposited at the Fed). Because bond prices typically fall when interest rates rise, any rate hike is likely to affect the value of bond investments.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Internet access battle far from over in Congress

Two weeks ago during a Washington, D.C., “fly-in” of technology groups, companies, and carriers, one of five members of the Federal Communications Commission held aloft the 332-page plan touted as necessary to treat all Internet traffic equally.

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Market and economic update: The markets watch Greece as it attempts to tackle its debt

Politics and monetary policies remain important regarding the path of global economic activity. Last week, Greece reached an agreement with European ministers to delay the implementation of new austerity measures for four months. Greek government officials are attempting to reduce austerity measures, as per their election promises.

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Minority Biz Report

with Sam Owens

Is UW-Madison above scrutiny in the race to equity?

Wisconsin is ranked the worst state in America for black people. Two years ago, Dane County was named the worst county for black families. Now institutions across the state are under scrutiny because of Wisconsin’s racial disparities. Yet UW-Madison flies below the radar. Why? UW-Madison tightly controls its image.

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Legal Login

with contributors from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

Data security: Congress and courts step into the breach

In early February 2015, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (f/n/a WellPoint Inc.), one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, announced that a cyber-attack, possibly originating from China, exposed substantial personal data of 80 million customers, including Social Security numbers, home and email addresses, telephone numbers, medical identification numbers and income data.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Why you should spend more time working ‘on’ rather than ‘in’ your business

All too often we get wrapped up in taking care of “urgent” tasks at the expense of working on those areas that are even more important.

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Answers to frequently asked questions on workers’ compensation

In nearly all states, employers with one or more employees must provide workers’ compensation. When an employee gets injured at work, a number of questions may arise, including whether the injury is covered by workers’ compensation, whether the injury must be reported to the insurer, whether the employee can use vacation during injury leave, and whether a denial of workers’ comp coverage affects the recording obligation on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300 Log.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

When does ‘right to choose’ on vaccinations hurt others?

I asked a top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health the other day for his take on why some parents are choosing not to get vaccinations for their kids. His answer was simple enough: Those parents have no memory of why such vaccinations became a public health standard in the first place. They lack any firsthand knowledge of the serious, sometimes fatal, nature of the diseases in question.

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Market and economic update: U.S. consumer provides backbone of economic growth

Last week’s U.S. economic data put a softer spin on current activity than the strong employment report did to start the month. Retail sales slipped 0.8% in January and confidence indicators eased from their high levels. The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Survey slipped to 97.9, and the preliminary University of Michigan Sentiment Index for February slipped 4.5 points to 93.6.

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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

On Wisconsin education: why politics and restructuring are bad bedfellows

Wisconsin has always seemed to have an influence in this big wide world larger than its population of 5.7 million would suggest. Part of that influence arises from the audacious mission of the University of Wisconsin, which includes the directive “to serve and stimulate society.”

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Monroe Street development rejected again

Monona Chamber changes name, branding identity

Canadian firm acquires pc/nametag

Doc Jams acquired

Badger Fund of Funds preparing to launch

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