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Majoring in milestones: IB celebrates local businesses' birthdays

Majoring in milestones: IB celebrates local businesses' birthdays

With the conviction that every business story is worth knowing, especially if the company has stood the test of time, IB presents its annual feature on area businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries ending in a 0 or 5. In 2014, dozens of businesses in Greater Madison will be uncorking the champagne for this very purpose, and many offer lessons of longevity. IB singles out four that have achieved sustained levels of business success, starting with a book bindery with European origins.

Living large: Dane County’s largest employers prosper amid challenges

Suffice to say, the American workforce looks very different now than it did in 2007. First, the size of the workforce is still smaller as the national economy struggles to create jobs at a faster pace. Second, more part-time jobs are being created as some employers try to stay below the 50-employee “pay or play” threshold established by the Affordable Care Act. Third, a fair number of larger companies continue to sit on their cash rather than ramp up hiring, prompting elected officials like Madison Mayor Paul Soglin to implore them to employ.

Printing for Profit: Area printers embrace new technology and beef up customer service

Printing for Profit: Area printers embrace new technology and beef up customer service

Concerns about the demise of commercial printing date back to the 1990s, and they reflect the systemic change brought on by the Internet and digital technology. But printers, at least the ones who have survived the most disruptive period this ancient industry has experienced, have proven to be digitally adaptable. When the 2008-09 recession hit the country like a ton of bricks, print industry watchers were forecasting doom, and with good reason. Printers already had the Internet and online digital printing services as a perceived existential threat, and the emergence of e-readers and e-books started to threaten book publishers just as the recession began to serve as an appetite suppressant.

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  • 40 Under 40: 2014 Class, Part 4

    Get to know some of the professionals selected for In Business magazine’s 2014 class of 40 Under 40. You’ll learn a bit about their professional lives as well as some of their hidden talents. In this episode, we feature Kayla Storlid, owner of Kayla’s Custom Cleaning, LLC; Peter C. Osman, owner/attorney with Borakove-Osman, LLC; Sandy Morales, fund development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County; Brad Grzesiak, principal/co-founder of Bendyworks, Inc.; and Todd Schmidt, economic development director for the Village of Waunakee.

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