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The Ultimate Chamber Mixer

On Aug. 26, the Monona Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, McFarland Chamber of Commerce, and Latino Chamber of Commerce to the East Side Club for the Ultimate Chamber Mixer.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Act 10 is three years old and students are smarter than ever!

Act 10, Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform, is destroying Wisconsin schools! Or not. Our (You Know Who) acquaintances are so sure of it, they need no facts to buttress their faith-based beliefs.

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Answers to workplace questions on dress codes, gossip, and other issues

Running a business — or managing a single unit, department, or team within a business — is not easy. Questions that have legal and/or regulatory implications pop up on a regular basis. Answers to some of those questions aren’t always straightforward and can require insight into various statutes as well as case law. This article shares a handful of common scenarios and some interpretive guidance.

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to make the most of networking opportunities

As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know but who you know that counts.” Networking is about building the “who you know.” It’s about creating links between people we know and people they want to know, and at the same time, it helps us find ways to help those who help us create these link-ups.

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Get Fit challenger finds renewed motivation in wake of adversity

I went into this Get Fit Challenge with a bit of a different attitude than most competitors. I was very apprehensive at first knowing how busy life is already, but my Get Fit teammate Sarah said something awhile back that I’ll never forget: “I say ‘yes’ to almost everything, and then I figure out how I’m going to do it when the time comes.”

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The Employer Group sets sights on Get Fit championship

Generally, I go into workout hibernation during the winter, so I wasn’t in particularly good shape when our company president, Angie Heim, invited us to join her in the challenge. This seemed like a great opportunity to get back into a workout routine before the end of winter.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Scott Walker announces second-term agenda (!!!)

Some of my co-conspirators in the Great Conservative Conspiracy have been demanding that Scott Walker announce a bold agenda for his second term. Sunday, he did just that with what he calls “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback.” Is it bold enough?

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Multiple centers for research will help Wisconsin’s high-growth economy

While economists don’t often agree on much, it’s hard to find much dissent over the notion that major research universities contribute to the prosperity of the cities, regions, and states around them.

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Left Business Brain

with Tom Breuer

Scott Walker’s greatest economic illusion: making George W. Bush disappear

Gov. Walker is laboring under a deep, dark delusion — one that, unfortunately for him, is supplying the heart, bone, and sinew of his campaign: The population doesn’t automatically get stupider the instant you make deep cuts to education. It takes years of Mississippi-sized neglect or, alternatively, an intensive 120-hour block of Fox & Friends, complete with A Clockwork Orange-style eyelid props and enough liquid methadone to tranquilize Vicki McKenna — or New Zealand.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Does your Madison public school teacher get ‘down and dirty’?

In the past several days, I have found an enormous wellspring of pent-up resentment toward the teachers union here in Madison. That disdain can’t help but contaminate the entire school district. There is the perception — accurate, in my opinion — that the teachers union comes first to a school board largely elected by the teachers union. Everyone else — students, parents, and taxpayers — wait in back of the line.

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Market and economic update: August employment report left us on a more cautious footing

The strong U.S. equity market seems to affirm the U.S. economy remains healthy. Last week’s manufacturing data confirmed the market’s message, but to close the week, the August employment report left us on a more cautious footing.

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Blaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Madison Teachers Inc. has been a bad corporate citizen for too long

Teachers are some of our most dedicated public servants. Many inspiring educators have changed lives for the better in Madison’s public schools. But their union is a horror.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

10 basic tax to-dos for the rest of 2014

Effective planning requires that you have a good understanding of your current tax situation, as well as a reasonable estimate of how your circumstances might change next year. There’s a real opportunity for tax savings when you can assess whether you’ll be paying taxes at a lower rate in one year than in the other. So carve out some time.

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It's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

When it comes to Google, it’s Page 1 or bust

I’ve been reviewing the report issued by the online ad network Chitika regarding its latest findings on Google’s organic search results pages. Here’s the gist: If you want to be present and unaccounted for, be satisfied with your Page 2 or Page 3 placement on Google.

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Taxis vs. Uber: a perfect example of resistance to change

In cities all over the world, an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers’ methods aren’t news anymore: Through a mobile application, customers can find and reserve vehicles in their immediate area in minutes.

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