You might say there are three elements that undergird the launch of any successful small business – profit motive, an unfilled (or insufficiently met) need, and personal passion for the company’s goals. Where those rank in importance depends on the entrepreneur and the start up, but it’s hard to imagine any new business lasting long without those three fundamentals in place. In SpeechTails’ case, you could add one more: heartbreak.
The excesses that preceded the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession led not only to finger-pointing but also plenty of soul-searching among both financial institutions and their customers. In retrospect, the outsized gains in the housing sector and the rampant wishful thinking that were prevalent in the 2000s were a fractured fairytale in the making, and the era clearly could have used a lot fewer cheerleaders and a few more level heads.
For all the well-documented headaches our animal friends might cause us – from late-night potty breaks to the Furmaggedon that overtakes crannies and couches in what can seem like an instant – almost any pet owner will tell you that all the fuss is worth it. And that’s not just cloying sentimentality. No, the joys of pet ownership are now backed by real, hard science.
In vino veritas – in wine there is truth – is an ancient phrase, but any contemporary fan of the Romans’ favorite pastime could hardly dispute it. But while Pliny the Elder’s quintessentially Roman locution has stood the test of time (and any amateur drinker’s feeble attempt to disprove it), Erica and Jamie Zdroik hope that another Latin-inspired turn of phrase – this one coined in A.D. 2012 – will soon be dancing on the lips of wine lovers across the state.
While molybdenum-99 might sound like a term carefully crafted in the musty basement office of an aspiring Star Trek scriptwriter, it’s a real, and vitally important, isotope that’s crucial to many modern diagnostic procedures. Unfortunately, the only reason you’re likely to hear about it is that it’s in critically short supply. Fortunately, the market abhors a vacuum, and SHINE Medical Technologies, a Monona company that’s finalizing plans to build a new $100 million facility in Janesville, is gearing up to fill it.
Wisconsinites are more than a little familiar with cheeseheads, of course, but say “headcheese” and some America’s Dairylanders are likely to scratch their foam-covered noggins. But while the cheesehead is still mostly a regional novelty that broke on the scene in the last 20 years, headcheese is a centuries-old, worldwide phenomenon that’s been part of Wisconsin’s food heritage for generations, thanks in large part to the state’s heavily German population, which prized traditional pork-laden concoctions such as “sultz.”